The prophet’s lofty vision of future possibility in 2:2-5 gives way to a picture of coming judgment in 2:6-22, made inevitable by men’s failure. From a description of the anarchy (3:1-8) which will result from the prevalent sins of the ruling class, both men and women (3:9 – 4:1), he turns to a more confident expectation of the glory which will follow the judgment (4:2-6).
- Try to build a comprehensive picture of the hope for the future given in 2:2-5 and 4:2-6. What is said about the word of the Lord, the peace of the world, the holiness of God’s people, and their blessedness under his protecting care?
- Can you detect from these chapters what Isaiah regarded as the greatest sin, and why it is so abominable?
- 2:2-4. A prophecy almost identical with Mic. 4:1-3, and probably borrowed by Micah from Isaiah.
- 2:6. The striking of hands may refer not only to friendship but to trade bargaining. Commercial greed is further condemned in verse 72.