Micah 4

Peace and Prosperity


1 In the future, the mountain
    with the Lord’s temple
        will be the highest of all.
    It will reach above the hills,
    and every nation
        will rush to it.
2 People of many nations
        will come and say,
    “Let’s go up to the mountain
    of the Lord God of Jacob
        and worship in his temple.”

    The Lord will teach us his Law
    from Jerusalem,
        and we will obey him.
3 He will settle arguments
    between distant
        and powerful nations.
    They will pound their swords
    and their spears
        into rakes and shovels;
    they will never again make war
        or attack one another.
4 Everyone will find rest
    beneath their own fig trees
        or grape vines,
    and they will live in peace.
    This is a solemn promise
        of the Lord All-Powerful.

5 Others may follow their gods,
    but we will always follow
        the Lord our God.

The Lord Will Lead His People Home

6 The Lord said:
    At that time
        I will gather my people—
    the lame and the outcasts,
    and all into whose lives
        I have brought sorrow.
7 Then the lame and the outcasts
    will belong to my people
        and become a strong nation.
    I, the Lord, will rule them
        from Mount Zion forever.
8 Mount Zion in Jerusalem,
    guardian of my people,
        you will rule again.

9 Jerusalem, why are you crying?
    Don’t you have a king?
        Have your advisors gone?
    Are you suffering
        like a woman in childbirth?
10 Keep on groaning with pain,
        you people of Jerusalem!
    If you escape from your city
        to the countryside,
    you will still be taken
        as prisoners to Babylonia.
    But later I will rescue you
        from your enemies.

11 Zion, because of your sins
     you are surrounded
        by many nations who say,
    “We can hardly wait
        to see you disgraced.”
12 But they don’t know
        that I, the Lord,
     have gathered them here
        to grind them like grain.
13 Smash them to pieces, Zion!
     I’ll let you be like a bull
        with iron horns
        and bronze hoofs.
     Crush those nations
     and bring their wealth to me,
        the Lord of the earth.

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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