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Micah (Biblical book)

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The Book of Micah is one of the works of prophecy found in the Old Testament, considered one of the minor prophets. It was written during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, three kings of Judah of whom two, Jotham and especially Hezekiah, are noted as wise and just in the Books of Chronicles.

Though written in an age of comparative righteousness, Micah laments the wickedness of his own people, and warns of God's coming judgement upon them. He warns of a coming conqueror who will lay waste to the kingdoms of Israel and Judah and reduce their finest cities to rubble - prophecies that have since come to pass. The first three chapters are largely taken up with these severe rebukes and dire warnings, although there are also words promising deliverance (Micah 2:12-13).

Chapters 4 and 5 then tell of God's coming judgement on all nations, and of the coming of the Messiah who will help to bring it about. It is in Micah 5:2 that the Messiah is promised to be born in Bethlehem, as Jesus was.

Chapter 6 takes up the thread of Israel's guilt once more, as God (speaking through the prophet) recounts all that he has done for his chosen people, and chides them for their ungrateful infidelity to his commandments, eg Micah 6:12-13. Chapter 7 also bemoans the present state of Israel, before ending the book on a more hopeful note, promising both personal salvation for the sinner (Micah 7:9) and ultimate redemption for the Israelites (Micah 7:20) through God's grace.



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