The Church, complaining of her small number,
Micah 7:1 Wo is me: I am become as one, that goeth a gleanynge in the haruest, There are no mo grapes to eate, yet wold I fayne (wyth all my herte) haue of the best frute. Micah 7:2 There is not a godly man vpon earth, there is not one rightuous amonge men. They laboure all to shed bloud, and euery man hunteth his brother to death:
and the general corruption,
Micah 7:3 yet they saye they do well when they do euel. As the prince will, so sayeth the iudge: that he maye do him a pleasure agayne. The greate man speaketh what his herte desireth: & the hearers alowe him. Micah 7:4 The best of them is but as a thistle, & the most rightuous of them is but as a breer in the hedge. But when the daye of thy preachers commeth, that thou shalt be visyted: then shall they be wasted awaye.
putteth her confidence not in man, but in God.
Micah 7:5 Let no man beleue his frende, ner put hys confydence in a brother. Kepe þe porte of thy mouth from her that lyeth in thy bosome: Micah 7:6 for the sonne shal put his father to dyshonoure, the daughter shall rise agaynst her mother, the daughter in lawe against her mother in lawe: and a mans foes shalbe euen they of hys awne housholde. Micah 7:7 Neuerthelesse, I will loke vp vnto þe Lord I wyll paciently abyde God my sauyoure: my God shal heare me.
She triumpheth over her enemies.
Micah 7:8 O thou enemye of myne, reioyce not at my fall, for I shall get vp agayne: & though I sytt in darcknesse, yet the Lorde is my lyght. Micah 7:9 I wyll beare the punishement of þe Lord (for why, I haue offended him) tyll he syt in iudgement vpon my cause, & se þt I haue right. He wyll bryng me forth to the lyght, & I shall se his rightuousnesse. Micah 7:10 She that is myne enemy shal loke vpon it, & be confounded, which now saieth. Where is thy Lord God? Myne eyes shall beholde her, when she shalbe troden downe, as þe claye in þe stretes. Micah 7:11 The tyme will come, that thy gappes shal be made vp, & the lawe shal go abrode: Micah 7:12 & at þt tyme shal they come vnto the from Assur vnto the stronge cityes, & from the stronge cityes vnto the ryuer: from the one see to þe other, from the one mountayne to þe other. Micah 7:13 Notwythstandynge, þe land must be wasted, because of them that dwell therin, and for the frutes of their awne Imaginacions.
God comforteth her by promises,
Micah 7:14 Therfore fede thy people with thy rodde, þe flocke of thine heritage which dwel desolate in the wodde: that they maye be fedde vpon the mount of Charmell, Basan & Galaad as afore time. Micah 7:15 Maruelous thinges wil I shewe them, lyke as when they came oute of Egipte
by confusion of the enemies,
Micah 7:16 Thys shall the Heathen se, and be ashamed for all their power, so that they shall laye their hande vpon their mouth, and stoppe their eares. Micah 7:17 They shal lycke the dust lyke a serpent, & as the wormes of the earth, that tremble in their holes. They shalbe afrayed of the Lord oure God, & they shall feare the.
and by his mercies.
Micah 7:18 Where is there soch a God as thou? that pardonest wyckednes, and forgeuest the offences of the remnaunt of thyne herytage? He kepeth not his wrath for euer: and why? his delite is to haue compassion: Micah 7:19 he shal turne agayne, and be mercyfull to vs: he shal put downe oure wyckednesses, and cast all oure synnes into the botome of þe see. Micah 7:20 Thou shalt kepe thy trust with Iacob, & thy mercy for Abraham, lyke as thou hast sworne vnto oure fathers longe agoo.