Micah Explains the Coming Destruction

Commentary on
Micah 7:1-6

The Prophet Acknowledges

7:1  Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.
2  The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
3  That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4  The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
5  Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
6  For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

Commentary on 7:1-4
[6 June 2006]:  Wycliffe’s comments on these four verses are worth noting: “This concluding chapter completes Jehovah’s lawsuit with Israel begun in chapter 6. The section is broken in thought, which suggests with what deep emotion Micah voices the reply of the people--their confession and lamentation.
        Wycliffe comments on these verses: “Jehovah’s blessings under the figure of the fruit harvest have passed Israel by, declares Micah, and the nation is now destitute of moral men and standards.
Note the parallelism of godly (good man, AV) with clusters of grapes and upright with first ripe figs (vv. 1,2). Such moral men do not exit, just disappear. All men are bloodthirsty, even against their brothers. The prince continually asks for injustice; the judge is ever ready for a bribe (Heb. ‘to pay,’ as in a trade); and the great man speaks his evil desire. Thus they weave (Hebrew twist or knit; AV wrap) it together (verse 3) into terrible reality. The watchmen (verse 4), i.e., the true prophets (compare Isaiah 62:6; Ezekiel 3:16 ff.) The day of Israel’s watchmen was the day of Jehovah’s visitation.”

Commentary on 7:5-6 [6 June 2006]:  The treachery of this time is beyond language. “Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.” “Take ye heed every one of his neighbour, and trust ye not in any brother: for every brother will utterly supplant, and every neighbour will walk with slanders. And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.” “For even thy brethren, and the house of thy father, even they have dealt treacherously with thee; yea, they have called a multitude after thee: believe them not, though they speak fair words unto thee.” But this treachery will not go unchecked. Yehuveh has kept a record and what a man sows he will indeed reap. “Woe to thee that spoilest, and thou wast not spoiled; and dealest treacherously, and they dealt not treacherously with thee! when thou shalt cease to spoil, thou shalt be spoiled; and when thou shalt make an end to deal treacherously, they shall deal treacherously with thee.” Wycliffe’s comments on these two verses “Society was crumbling at its roots; yea, the enemies of a man were those of his own household. Suspicion, distrust, and enmity prevailed. Considering the modern world, human nature has changed little.” Psalm 55:11; Jeremiah 9:4-5; 12:6; Isaiah 33:1.

Gael Bataman
Originally Written:                6 June 2006
Latest Update:                   13 October 2007

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