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Literature / Book of Micah

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One of the books of the Minor Prophets that make up the Old Testament.

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  • Doesn't Trust Those Guys: In Micah 7:5-6:
    Do not trust in a companion,
    do not rely on a friend;
    from her who lies in your embrace,
    guard the doors of your mouth.
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  • Dreaming of Things to Come: Echoing what was prophesied in the Book of Isaiah, Micah prophesies in Chapter 4 that "in the latter days, the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as head of the mountains, and will be lifted up above the hills; and people will stream to it," and that people "will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks," that "nation will not take up sword against nation, and they will no longer train for war."
  • Evil Plan: In Micah 2:1:
    Woe to those who conceive wickedness,
    to those who devise evil on their beds!
    At morning’s light they execute it,
    because it is in the power of their hand.
  • Foreshadowing: In traditional Christian interpretation, Micah 5:2 prophesies that Jesus, the One who would "shepherd My people Israel", would be born in Bethlehem.
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  • God Is Good: In Micah 7:18-20:
    Who is a God like You,
    bearing iniquity and passing over transgression
    for the remnant of His inheritance?
    He does not remain angry forever,
    because He delights in benevolence.
    He will again have compassion upon us.
    He will tread down our iniquities,
    and cast all of our sins into the depths of the sea.
    You will give faithfulness to Jacob
    and benevolence to Abraham,
    which You swore to our fathers
    from the days of old.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: A metaphorical example of this is in Micah 3:1-3:
    Then I said,
    Listen now, heads of Jacob,
    and rulers of the house of Israel.
    Should you not know justice?
    You who hate good and love evil,
    who tear the skin from My people
    and the flesh from their bones;
    you who have eaten the flesh of My people,
    and have flayed their skin from them,
    and broken their bones in pieces;
    who have chopped them up like meat in the pot,
    and like flesh in the cauldron.
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  • Junkie Prophet: In Micah 2:11:
    If a man, going about vapidly and deceitfully, lies,
    “I will preach for you wine and beer,”
    he would be just the preacher for this people.
  • Streaking: A rather serious (and lamentful) example of this is in Micah 1:8-9:
    Because of this I will lament and wail,
    I will go about barefoot and naked;
    I will howl like the jackals
    and moan like owlets.
    For her wound is mortal,
    for it has come to Judah;
    it has extended to the gate of my people,
    to Jerusalem.
  • Where Is Your X Now?: In Micah 7:10:
    Then my enemy will see,
    and shame will cover her
    who said to me,
    “Where is the Lord your God?”
    My eyes will look upon her;
    now she will be trampled
    like muck in the streets.

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