Verse 1 – Woe is me! For I am like those who gather summer fruits, like those who glean vintage grapes; there is no cluster to eat of the first-ripe fruit which my soul desires.
Verse 2 – The faithful man has perished from the earth, and there is no one upright among men. They all lie in wait for blood; every man hunts his brother with a net.
Verse 3 – That they may successfully do evil with both hands – the prince asks for gifts, the judge seeks a bribe, and the great man utters his evil desire; so they scheme together.
Verse 4 – The best of them is like a brier; the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge; the day of your watchman and your punishment comes; now shall be their perplexity.
Micah watched as society rotted around him. Rulers demanded gifts, judges took bribes, corruption was all around. Even in today’s society its hard to find leaders who are honest and have integrity. They publicly lie and then say they “Misspoke.” People rationalize sin. This is exactly what God’s people were doing back then.
Verse 5 – Do not trust a friend; do not put your confidence in a companion; guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your bosom.
Verse 6 – For son dishonors father, daughter rises against her mother, daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
Homes and families had disintegrated to the point that no man could trust a friend, or even his own wife and children.
When people, even family, turn on you for no other reason than just because they are evil, let them go. They will reap what they sow.
Verse 7 – Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.
Verse 8 – Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.
Micah had placed his faith and confidence in the Lord for both himself and Israel. He knew when he prayed, the Lord heard him. We too have that same confidence, know God hears us when we pray and cry out.
Verse 9 – I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, until He pleads my case and executes justice for me; He will bring me forth to the light, and I will see His righteousness.
Verse 10 – Then she who is my enemy will see, and shame will cover her who said to me, “Where is the LORD your God?” My eyes will see her; now she will be trampled down like mire in the streets.
When the lost watch a believer go through a crises or a hardship, they wonder, “Where is your God now?” I had someone ask me that one time when I had been placed in a very difficult hardship. My answer: “I don’t know what exactly will happen, but I do know my God is good and He will see me through,” and He did.
Verse 11 – In the day when your walls are to be built, in that day the decree shall go far and wide.
Verse 12 – In that day they shall come to you from Assyria and the fortified cities, from the fortress to the River, from sea to sea, and mountain to mountain.
In that day the boundary of the city will be far extended, so as to contain the people flocking into it from all nations.
Verse 13 – Yet the land shall be desolate because of those who dwell in it, and for the fruit of their deeds.
Judah would be rebuilt and people would come from lands such as Assyria and Egypt.
Verse 14 – Shepherd Your people with Your staff, the flock of Your heritage, who dwell solitary in a woodland, in the midst of Carmel; let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
Bashan and Gilead were fertile areas east of the Jordan, previously the territory of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh.
Verse 15 – “As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show them marvelous things.”
As when God brought His people out of the land of Egypt, He showed them many miracles, so would it be again when He brings them back into their own land again.
Verse 16 – The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall put their hand over their mouth; their ears shall be deaf.
Other nations shall be struck dumb into silence and will no longer boast that God’s people are destroyed. (And might I add: The nations were in awe at the “6 Day War”, also.)
Verse 17 – They shall lick the dust like a serpent; they shall crawl from their holes like snakes of the earth. They shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of You.
The enemies would surrender to their conquerors and tremble from the power of the Lord.
Verse 18 – Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy.
Verse 19 – He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.
Verse 20 – You will give truth to Jacob and mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn to our fathers from days of old.
Hope is based on God’s unchanging character. Micah describes God’s forgiveness as removing iniquity from His sight and passing over rebellion as no longer relevant.
Because of the covenant with Abraham and Jacob, He would forever show loyalty and faithful love to the people of His covenant . Anyone in a covenant relationship with Him can rest in security because God is “Unchanging.”