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The Book of Micah

Updated on February 1, 2010

Micah was an Old Testament prophet and the book that contains his prophecies. Micah preached and wrote in the 8th century B.C., when Jerusalem was being menaced by Assyrian armies. Near the beginning of the book, Micah refers to this armed threat in the prophecy that God will destroy Samaria and Jerusalem to punish the Hebrews for idolatry and social injustice. The latter part of the book may have been added by other writers, possibly after the Hebrews returned from the Babylonian captivity in the 6th century B.C. It includes the famous prediction that a messiah, or deliverer, would come from Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). In the last two chapters, Micah again reproves the Hebrew people for their sins. However, he promises God's forgiveness if they will practice justice, mercy, and humility (Micah 6:8).

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