Book of Micah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
the sixth in order of the so-called minor prophets. The
superscription to this book states that the prophet
his office in the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz, and
Hezekiah. If we
reckon from the beginning of Jotham's reign to the
Hezekiah's (B.C. 759-698), then he ministered for
fifty-nine years; but if we reckon from the death of
the accession of Hezekiah (B.C. 743-726), his
only sixteen years. It has been noticed as
remarkable that this
book commences with the last words of another
the son of Imlah" (1 Kings 22:28): "Hearken, O
people, every one
The book consists of three sections, each commencing
rebuke, "Hear ye," etc., and closing with a promise,
(1) ch. 1;
2; (2) ch. 3-5, especially addressed to the princes
and heads of
the people; (3) ch. 6-7, in which Jehovah is
holding a controversy with his people: the whole
a song of triumph at the great deliverance which the
achieve for his people. The closing verse is quoted
in the song
of Zacharias (Luke 1:72, 73). The prediction
regarding the place
"where Christ should be born," one of the most
Messianic prophecies (Micah 5:2), is quoted in Matt.
There are the following references to this book in
5:2, with Matt. 2:6; John 7:42.
7:6, with Matt. 10:21,35,36.
7:20, with Luke 1:72,73.