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Micah 5:5-6


5:5 He will give us peace. 1 

Should the Assyrians try to invade our land

and attempt to set foot in our fortresses, 2 

we will send 3  against them seven 4  shepherd-rulers, 5 

make that eight commanders. 6 

5:6 They will rule 7  the land of Assyria with the sword,

the land of Nimrod 8  with a drawn sword. 9 

Our king 10  will rescue us from the Assyrians

should they attempt to invade our land

and try to set foot in our territory.

1 tn Heb “and this one will be peace”; ASV “and this man shall be our peace” (cf. Eph 2:14).

2 tc Some prefer to read “in our land,” emending the text to בְּאַדְמָתֵנוּ (bÿadmatenu).

3 tn Heb “raise up.”

4 sn The numbers seven and eight here symbolize completeness and emphasize that Israel will have more than enough military leadership and strength to withstand the Assyrian advance.

5 tn Heb “shepherds.”

6 tn Heb “and eight leaders of men.”

7 tn Or perhaps “break”; or “defeat.”

8 sn According to Gen 10:8-12, Nimrod, who was famous as a warrior and hunter, founded Assyria.

9 tc The MT reads “in her gates,” but the text should be emended to בַּפְּתִיחָה (baptikhah, “with a drawn sword”).

10 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the coming king) has been specified in the translation for clarity.

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