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Micah Chapter 6

Micah 6:1
6:1 Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before
    the {a} mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.

    (a) He took the high mountains and hard rocks as witnesses
        against the obstinacy of his people.

Micah 6:4
6:4 For I {b} brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and
    redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent
    before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

    (b) I have not hurt you, but bestowed infinite benefits upon

Micah 6:5
6:5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted,
    and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from {c}
    Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the {d} righteousness
    of the LORD.

    (c) That is, remember my benefits from the beginning, how I
        delivered you from Balaam's curse, and also spared you
        from Shittim which was in the plain of Moab, until I
        brought you into the promised land.
    (d) That is, the truth of his promise and his manifold
        benefits toward you.

Micah 6:6
6:6 Wherewith {e} shall I come before the LORD, [and] bow myself
    before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt
    offerings, with calves of a year old?

    (e) Thus the people by hypocrisy ask how to please God, and
        are content to offer sacrifices, but will not change
        their lives.

Micah 6:7
6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, [or] with
    ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my {f}
    firstborn [for] my transgression, the fruit of my body [for]
    the sin of my soul?

    (f) There is nothing so dear to man, but the hypocrites will
        offer it to God, if they think by this to avoid his
        anger.  But they will never by brought to mortify their
        own affections, and to give themselves willingly to
        serve God as he commands.

Micah 6:8
6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth
    the LORD require of thee, {g} but to do justly, and to love
    mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

    (g) The Prophet in few words calls them to the observation
        of the second table of the ten commandments, to know if
        they will obey God correctly or not, saying that God has
        commanded them to do this.

Micah 6:9
6:9 The LORD'S voice crieth unto the {h} city, and [the man of]
    wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath
    appointed it.

    (h) Meaning, that when God speaks to any city or nation, the
        godly will acknowledge his majesty and not consider the
        mortal man that brings the threatening, but God that
        sends it.

Micah 6:12
6:12 For the rich men thereof {i} are full of violence, and the
     inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue [is]
     deceitful in their mouth.

     (i) That is, of Jerusalem.

Micah 6:14
6:14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and {k} thy casting
     down [shall be] in the midst of thee; and thou {l} shalt
     take hold, but shalt not deliver; and [that] which thou
     deliverest will I give up to the sword.

     (k) You will be consumed with inward grief and evils.
     (l) Meaning that the city would go about to save her men,
         as they that lay hold of that which they would

Micah 6:16
6:16 For the {m} statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of
     the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I
     should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof
     an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my

     (m) You have received all the corruption and idolatry with
         which the ten tribes were infected under Omri and Ahab
         his son: and to excuse your doings, you allege the
         King's authority by his statutes, and also wisdom and
         policy in so doing, but you will not escape punishment.
         But as I have shown you great favour, and taken you for
         my people, so will your plagues be according as your
         sins; Luke 12:47.

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