Micah 4

The Mountain of the  Lord

1 It shall come to pass a  in the latter days
that the mountain of the house of the  Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it shall be lifted up above the hills;
and peoples shall flow to it,
2and many nations shall come, and say:
Come, let us go up to the mountain of the  Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law
Or teaching

and the word of the  Lord from Jerusalem.
3He shall judge between many peoples,
and shall decide for strong nations far away;
and they shall c  beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
neither shall they learn war anymore;
4 d  but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
e  and no one shall make them afraid,
f  for the mouth of the  Lord of hosts has spoken.
5For g  all the peoples walk
each in the name of its god,
but h  we will walk in the name of the  Lord our God
forever and ever.

The  Lord Shall Rescue Zion

6 i  In that day, declares the  Lord,
j  I will assemble the k  lame
and gather those who have been driven away
and those whom I have afflicted;
7and the lame I will make l  the remnant,
and those who were cast off, a strong nation;
and m  the  Lord will reign over them n  in Mount Zion
from this time forth and forevermore.
8 And you, O tower of the flock,
hill of the daughter of Zion,
to you shall it come,
the former dominion shall come,
kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.
9 Now why do you cry aloud?
o  Is there no king in you?
p  Has your counselor perished,
that q  pain seized you like a woman in labor?
10 r  Writhe and groan
Or push
O daughter of Zion,
like a woman in labor,
for t  now you shall go out from the city
and dwell in the open country;
you u  shall go to Babylon.
There you shall be rescued;
v  there the  Lord will redeem you
from the hand of your enemies.
11 Now w  many nations
are assembled against you,
saying, “Let her be defiled,
and x  let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
12But y  they do not know
the thoughts of the  Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
that z  he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
13Arise and thresh,
O daughter of Zion,
for I will make your horn iron,
and I will make your hoofs bronze;
you shall beat in pieces many peoples;
and aa  shall devote
Hebrew  devote to destruction
ac  their gain to the  Lord,
their wealth to ad  the Lord of the whole earth.
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