The Church, complaining of her small number,
Micah 7:1 Woe is mee, for I am as when they haue gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: [there is] no cluster to eate: my soule desired the first ripe fruit. Micah 7:2 The good man is perished out of the earth, and [there is] none vpright among men: they all lie in waite for blood: they hunt euery man his brother with a net.
and the general corruption,
Micah 7:3 That they may doe euill with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the iudge [asketh] for a reward: and the great man, he vttereth his mischieuous desire: so they wrap it vp. Micah 7:4 The best of them is as a brier: the most vpright [is sharper] then a thorne hedge: the day of thy watchmen, [and] thy visitation commeth; now shall be their perplexitie.
putteth her confidence not in man, but in God.
Micah 7:5 Trust yee not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keepe the doores of thy mouth from her that lyeth in thy bosome. Micah 7:6 For the sonne dishonoureth the father: the daughter riseth vp against her mother: the daughter in law against her mother in law; a mans enemies [are] the men of his owne house. Micah 7:7 Therefore I will looke vnto you the LORD: I will waite for the God of my saluation: my God will heare me.
She triumpheth over her enemies.
Micah 7:8 Reioyce not against mee, O mine enemie: When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darknes, the LORD [shall be] a light vnto me. Micah 7:9 I will beare the indignation of the LORD, because I haue sinned against him, vntill he plead my cause, and execute iudgement for me: he will bring me forth to the light, [and] I shall behold his righteousnesse. Micah 7:10 Then she that is mine enemie shall see [it], and shame shall couer her which said vnto mee; Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she bee troden downe, as the myre of the streets. Micah 7:11 [In] the day that thy walles are to be built, [in] that day shall the decree bee farre remoued. Micah 7:12 [In] that day also he shal come euen to thee from Assyria, and [from] the fortified cities, and [from] the fortresse euen to the riuer, and from Sea to Sea, and [from] mountaine to mountaine; Micah 7:13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruite of their doings.
God comforteth her by promises,
Micah 7:14 Feede thy people with thy rod, the flocke of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily [in] the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feede in Bashan and Gilead, as in the dayes of old. Micah 7:15 According to the dayes of thy comming out of the land of Egypt will I shew vnto him meruailous things.
by confusion of the enemies,
Micah 7:16 The nations shall see, and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand vpon [their] mouth: their eares shall be deafe. Micah 7:17 They shall licke the dust like a serpent, they shall moue out of their holes like wormes of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall feare because of thee.
and by his mercies.
Micah 7:18 Who [is] a God like vnto thee, that pardoneth iniquitie, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? hee retaineth not his anger for euer, because he delighteth [in] mercy. Micah 7:19 He wil turne againe, he will haue compassion vpon vs: he will subdue our iniquities, and thou wilt cast all their sinnes into the depths of the Sea. Micah 7:20 Thou wilt performe the trueth to Iacob, [and] the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworne vnto our fathers from the dayes of old.