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Micah 7:8-20: An apt conclusion to the book of Micah

W J Wessels

Verbum et Ecclesia; Vol 24, No 1 (2003), 249-259. doi: 10.4102/ve.v24i1.324

Submitted: 15 October 2003
Published:  15 October 2003

Abstract

It is argued in this article that Micah 7:8-20 forms an apt conclusion to the book of Micah. As was the case with Micah 1, the concluding section also focusses on Yahweh and his dealings with the people of the earth. There is a universal tendency to be detected in this section as well. An important aspect to notice  is  the liturgical nature of chapters six and seven, especially 7:8-20. There is a vagueness, almost a timelessness, imbuing this section. This could be intended allowing later generations of believers to apply these words to  their  own  circumstances. With Micah 7:8-20 as the concluding section of the book, one is left with a sense of well-roundedness, of completeness. The collection of oracles attributed  to Micah in general has a sombre tone. For this very reason Micah  7:8-20  seems  to  change  the mood. It breathes hope into a negative atmosphere of judgment. It ends with a strong emphasis on the power of Yahweh, the power of forgiveness.

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