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Micah 4:7-8


4:7 I will transform the lame into the nucleus of a new nation, 1 

and those far off 2  into a mighty nation.

The Lord will reign over them on Mount Zion,

from that day forward and forevermore.” 3 

4:8 As for you, watchtower for the flock, 4 

fortress of Daughter Zion 5 

your former dominion will be restored, 6 

the sovereignty that belongs to Daughter Jerusalem.

1 tn Heb “make the lame into a remnant.”

2 tn The precise meaning of this difficult form is uncertain. The present translation assumes the form is a Niphal participle of an otherwise unattested denominative verb הָלָא (hala’, “to be far off”; see BDB 229 s.v.), but attractive emendations include הַנַּחֲלָה (hannakhalah, “the sick one[s]”) from חָלָה (khalah) and הַנִּלְאָה (hannilah, “the weary one[s]”) from לָאָה (laah).

3 tn Heb “from now until forever.”

4 tn Heb “Migdal-eder.” Some English versions transliterate this phrase, apparently because they view it as a place name (cf. NAB).

5 sn The city of David, located within Jerusalem, is addressed as Daughter Zion. As the home of the Davidic king, who was Israel’s shepherd (Ps 78:70-72), the royal citadel could be viewed metaphorically as the watchtower of the flock.

6 tn Heb “to you it will come, the former dominion will arrive.”

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