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Micah Chapter 5 | Parsha: Balak

1And you, O Bethlehem of Ephrath,
Least among the clans of Judah,
From you one shall come forth
To rule Israel for Me—
One whose origin is from of old,
From ancient times.

2Truly, He will leave them [helpless]
Until she who is to bear has borne;
Then the rest of his countrymen
Shall return to the children of Israel.

3He shall stand and shepherd
By the might of the Lord,
By the power of the name
Of the Lord his God,
And they shall dwell [secure].
For lo, he shall wax great
To the ends of the earth;

4And that shall afford safety.
Should Assyria invade our land
And tread upon our fortresses,
We will set up over it seven shepherds,
Eight princes of men,

5Who will shepherd Assyria’s land with swords,
The land of Nimrod in its gates.
Thus he will deliver [us]
From Assyria, should it invade our land,
And should it trample our country.

6The remnant of Jacob shall be,
In the midst of the many peoples,
Like dew from the Lord,
Like droplets on grass—
Which do not look to any man
Nor place their hope in mortals.

7The remnant of Jacob
Shall be among the nations,
In the midst of the many peoples,
Like a lion among beasts of the wild,
Like a fierce lion among flocks of sheep,
Which tramples wherever it goes
And rends, with none to deliver.

8Your hand shall prevail over your foes,
And all your enemies shall be cut down!

9In that day
—declares the Lord—
I will destroy the horses in your midst
And wreck your chariots.

10I will destroy the cities of your land
And demolish all your fortresses.

11I will destroy the sorcery you practice,
And you shall have no more soothsayers.

12I will destroy your idols
And the sacred pillars in your midst;
And no more shall you bow down
To the work of your hands.

13I will tear down the sacred posts in your midst
And destroy your cities.

14In anger and wrath
Will I wreak retribution
On the nations that have not obeyed.

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