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John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
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Chapter 7

Chapter Overview

The total corruption of the people, verse 1-6.
Those who fear God are to take courage, to be patient, to expect long trouble, verse 7-13.
And to encourage themselves with God's promises, and faithfulness, and the future downfall of their enemies, verse 14-20.

Verse 1
Woe is me - The land is brought in complaining, that whereas it was once well stored, now it hath few good in it. As the grape-gleanings - In Israel and Judah, which in bringing forth good men, should have been a fruitful vine full of clusters: just, compassionate and humble men, are as grapes after the vintage is gathered. Desired - But in vain.

Verse 3
Both hands - With all diligence. The great man - The great man at court, who can do what he will there. Uttereth - Is bold to speak plainly. Desire - His unjust, oppressive design. They - They all jointly promote violence and cruelty.

Verse 4
As a briar - Mischievous and hurtful. The day - The day in which they shall sound the alarm. Cometh - Surely, speedily, and unavoidably. Now - When that day is come.

Verse 7
Therefore - Since all sorts of men are so perfidious. Look - As one set in a watch-tower looks round about, and diligently observes all that stirs, so will the prophet; so did they who in Israel and Judah feared the Lord.

Verse 8
Rejoice not - The prophet personates the church. Let it be no matter of glorying to thee, that the day of calamity hath overtaken me. In darkness - When affliction, war, famine, and captivity cover me. A light - Shall support, comfort and deliver me.

Verse 9
Plead - Against mine enemy, now he pleads his own cause against me. His righteousness - The truth and riches of his promised salvation.

Verse 10
She - What nation or people soever. Shall behold - The people of God shall see their enemies laid low.

Verse 11
Thy walls - O Jerusalem. The decree - Of Artaxerxes, which forbad the re-building of the temple. Removed - Abolished.

Verse 12
In that day - After the return out of captivity. He - He who is of Jewish race. To thee - O Jerusalem. The fortified cities - In which many Jews were kept for servile works. To the river - To Euphrates. To sea - From the Caspian to the Persian and to the Midland sea. From mountain - That is, from all parts of their captivity, they shall return to their own country.

Verse 13
Not withstanding - These promises of restitution, which took not place 'till more than two hundred years after.

Verse 14
Feed - So Christ directs his officers. With thy rod - In allusion to the custom of shepherds who guided their sheep by a pastoral staff. In the wood - Protect and guide those that in their present captive state are solitary, compassed with dangers. Carmel - A fruitful place and well inhabited. In Bashan - A place of note for fruitfulness. Gilead - Equal with any of the other for plenty and safety.

Verse 16
Shall be deaf - They shall neither care to hear, nor to speak of it.

Verse 17
Lick the dust - In the most submissive, servile manner, testify their subjection. Holes - Their strong holds, and fastnesses. Because of thee - So that the name of Jews, shall be terrible to their enemies.


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Bibliography Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Micah 7". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes
on the Whole Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/wen/view.cgi?book=mic&chapter=007>. 1765.  

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