Bible Commentaries

Micah 7

Verses 1-20

Following the charge, the people break into a lamentation which is of the nature of a confession, submission to judgment and hope. The prophet answers the cry with a message of hope, which, however, ends with the consciousness of the necessity for judgment.

Following this, the people pray for the guidance of Jehovah, and Jehovah answers with a promise that He will guide them as of old. Then the prophet in faith repeats Jehovah's promise.

The last movement is a great final doxology, uttered by all the people, which celebrates the patience of God and His certain restoration of His people. The prophet's message of hope is an exclamatory description of a new day, when the walls will be built, and the boundaries will be set far beyond the existing limitations, a day in which the people will gather from other countries and cities.

Thus the message of Micah centered on the subject of authority. The prophet arraigns and condemns the authority of those who had departed from the true standards of government, whether the princes, prophets, or priests; and foretold the coming of the true Ruler, under whom all false confidences would be destroyed and the true order restored.