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ol Chron. v. 26.
A.C. 772, opened not to him, therefore he smote it ; and all the women
that were therein that were with child he ripped up.
17 In the nine and thirtieth year of Azariab king of Judah began Menahem the son of Gadi to reign over Israel, and reigned ten years in Samaria.
18 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not all his days from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
19 Ando Pul the king of Assyria came against the land : and Menahem gave Pul a thousand talents of silver, that his hand might be with him to confirm the kingdom in his hand.
20 And Menahem * exacted the money of Israel, even of to come forth. all the mighty men of wealth, of each man fifty shekels of
silver, to give to the king of Assyria. So the king of Assyria
21 | And the rest of the acts of Menahem, and all that
22 And Menahem slept with his fathers; and Pekahiah his son reigned in his stead.
Reign of Pekahiah.
2 KINGS XV. ver. 23-27.
23 | In the fiftieth year of Azariah king of Judah Pe kahiah the son of Menahem began to reign over Israel in Samaria, and reigned two years.
24 And he did that which was evil in the sight of the LORD: he departed not from the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, who made Israel to sin.
25 But Pekah the son of Remaliah, a captain of his, conspired against him, and smote him in Samaria, in the palace of the king's house, with Argob and Arieh, and with him fifty men of the Gileadites ; and he killed him, and reigned in his room.
26 And the rest of the acts of Pekahiah, and all that he did, behold, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel.
a 2 Chron.
2 KINGS XV. ver. 32.
2 CHRONICLES XXVII. VER. 1, 2.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the
2 KINGS XV. PART OF VER. 35.
MICAH 1 25,
1 Micah shewetk the wrath of God against Jacob for idolatry. 10 He exhorteth
% I. Micah, the third of the minor prophets, according to the arrangement
II. The people of Judah and Israel being very profane and impenitent in the
II. These two chapters were delivered before the destruction of Samaria, which is predicted (chap. i. 6.), in the reign of Jotham. Dr. Wells differs from Taylor and Lightfoot
, and places the first chapter in this reign : he refers the second to the reign of Abaz. There does not, however, appear sufficient grounds for his
2 * Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and + all
that therein is: and let the Lord God be witness against * Heb. Hear, ge people, all
the Lord from his holy temple.
Israel ; the second is an uninterrupted continuation of the address to these na-
IV. The book of Micah, the contemporary of Isaiah, contains a summary of
Among the thousands of Judah ?-
Who shall rule my people, the Israel (of God]
From days of eternity.)
Until the time that she which shall bear
Along with the outcasts of Israel
In the strength of THE LORD,
And He shall be their PEACE."
The application of the first part of this prophecy was decided at the time of
Matt. ii. 6. " And thou, Bethlehem, territory of Judah,
Art by no means least among the captains of Judah ;
Who shall guide my people, the Israel (of God.)"
2. He has supplied a chasm in the Masorete text of 733, Nagid, an usual
d Is. xxvi. 21.
* Heb. a de scent.
3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, A.C. 753. and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4 And & the mountains shall be molten under him, and 13. & xXxiii. the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the "Ps. xcvii. 5. waters that are poured down * a steep place. 5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria ? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem ?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard : and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.
dered 'Hyepievos, "leader," by the Septuagint, and retained here by the evan-
, as a necessary distinction of his character, as supreme commander, from
3. He has also determined the pastoral nature of the Messiau's "rule" by
ποιμανει, , "shall guide as a shepherd,” afterwards intimated by Micah,
4. The human birth of the Messiah is carefully distinguished by Micah from
3. The blessed virgin of Isaiah's former prophecy (vii. 14.) is evidently alluded
This prophecy of Micah is perhaps the most important single prophecy in the
. + Or, she is
h 2 Sam. 1. 20.
i Jer. vi. 26. Or, thou that
+Or, a place near Or, was grieved.
A.C. 753. 7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to
pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the
8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and
naked : I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mournHeb daugh. ing as the * owls.
9 For f her wound is incurable ; for it is come unto JuSher wounds. dah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jeru
10 9 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all : in That is, dust, the house of Aphrah ' roll thyself in the dust.
11 Pass ye away, Ş thou || inhabitant of Saphir, having dwellest fairly. thy shame naked: the inhabitant of * Zaanan came not
forth in the mourning of + Beth-ezel; he shall receive of you try of flocks. his standing.
12 For the inhabitant of Maroth I waited carefully for good : but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.
13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion : for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.
14 Therefore shalt thou give presents § to Moresheth|| That is, a lie. gath: the houses of || Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of
15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of #Or, the glory Mareshah : * he shall come unto Adullam the glory of
dren : enlarge thy baldness as the eagle ; for they are gone
12 A promise of restoring Jacob.
· 2 And they covet' fields, and take them by violence; and +Or, defraud. houses, and take them away: so they + oppress a man and
his house, even a man and his heritage.
3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which
shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily : for this time is evil.
of Isracl shall come, &c.
I ls, v. 8.