What Doth the Lord Require of Thee, But to Do Justly, and to Love Mercy, and to Walk Humbly with Thy God?
5:1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops (Nineveh): he hath laid siege against us (701 B.C.): they shall smite the judge of Israel with a (red radius) rod upon the (lunar and solar pink) cheek.
2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel (31 A.D.) ; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth (4 B.C. and 2026 A.D.): then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land (701 B.C.): and when he (Ophiuchus) shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men (612 B.C.).
As Sennacherib did with an overwhelming army, within a few years after this prophecy was delivered, when, by the power and authority of the Messiah, the Son of God, in his pre-existent state, (see Micah 5:2,) the Assyrian army was defeated, and Judea’s peace secured. When he shall tread in our palaces — Which Sennacherib did in all the cities or Judah, except Jerusalem, against which he could not prevail, because Immanuel was with Hezekiah and that city, as foretold Isaiah 8:8-10; Isaiah 37:32-35, where see the notes. Then shall we raise against him — Namely, Hezekiah, and with him the prophets and people, by prayer shall prevail with God to send deliverance. This seems primarily to refer to the deliverance of Hezekiah and his kingdom from the Assyrian army who invaded them. Seven shepherds and eight principal men — Or, seven rulers and eight princes of men, as Archbishop Newcome renders it, who thinks the prophet means the chiefs of the Medes and Babylonians, the prefects of different provinces, who, some time after the fall of Sennacherib, took Nineveh, overthrew the Assyrian empire, and thereby delivered the Jews from that oppressive power. The prophet means the chiefs of the Medes and Babylonians, the prefects of different provinces who took Nineveh, whose number may have been what is here specified. - Newcome.
This refers to the deliverance of Hezekiah and his kingdom from the power of Sennacherib, who invaded them, in the type; The Assyrian, a potent enemy, comes into their land (v. 5, 6), treads within their borders, nay, prevails so far as to tread in their palaces; it was a time of treading down and of perplexity when Sennacherib made a descent upon Judah, took all the defenced cities, and laid siege to Jerusalem, Isa. 36:1; 37:3.
6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the (red radius) sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof (612 B.C.) : thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he (Ophiuchus) treadeth within our (red radius) borders (701 B.C.).
7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a (lunar and solar) dew from the Lord, as the (red radius) showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men (evaporates in a resurrection -- 2026 A.D.).
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a (Leo) lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion (Leo Minor) among the (Aries) flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and (red radius) teareth in (pink flesh lunar) pieces, and none can deliver (2026 A.D.).
9 Thine (Aquarius, Cepheus, Hercules and Orion) hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be (red radius) cut off (2026 A.D.).
10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that I will (red radius) cut off thy (Pegasus) horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy (Auriga) chariots (2026 A.D.):
11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard (2026 A.D.).
6:1 Hear ye now what the Lord saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.
2 Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord's controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the Lord hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.
3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.
4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt (1446 B.C.), and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the Lord.
6 Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with (Taurus) calves of a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of (Aries) rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of (solar) oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to (Ophiuchus red radius) walk humbly with thy God?
9 The Lord's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.
10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?
11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked (Libra) balances, and with the (lunar) bag of deceitful (lunar) weights?
12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken (red radius) lies, and their (lunar or solar pink) tongue is (red radius) deceitful in their mouth.
13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in (red radius) smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.
14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the (red radius) sword.
15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap (Ophiuchus); thou (Ophiuchus) shalt tread the (black and pink -- solar and lunar) olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with (golden solar) oil; and sweet (red radius or pink) wine, but shalt not drink wine.
16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye (Ophiuchus) 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 (Orion, Auriga, Aquarius, Hercules, Cepheus and Ophiuchus) people.
7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the (lunar pink cherry and solar pink apple) summer fruits, as the (lunar and solar pink) grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.
2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among (Orion, Auriga, Aquarius, Hercules, Cepheus and Ophiuchus) men: they all lie in wait for (red radius) blood; they hunt every man his brother with a (red radius) net.
3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4 The best of them is as a (red radius) brier: the most upright is sharper than a (black lunar crescent) thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy (lunar pink) mouth from her (lunar pink head in Aquarius) that lieth in thy bosom.
6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7 Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will (lunar ear) hear me.
8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I (Hercules or Ophiuchus) fall, I shall arise (in a resurrection); when I sit in (Zodiac) darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
10 Then she that is mine enemy shall (red radius) see it, and (red radius or pink solar or lunar) shame shall cover her (sun in Scorpio or moon in Aquarius) which (red radius) said unto me, Where is the Lord thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she (Scorpio or moon in Aquarius) be trodden down (by Ophiuchus) as the mire of the streets.
11 In the day that thy (red radius) walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.
12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.
13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt (1446 B.C.) will I shew unto him marvellous things.
16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall (red radius) lay their hand upon their mouth, their (lunar) ears shall be deaf.
17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their (lunar) holes like (pink lunar or solar) worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee.
18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.