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The Holy Prophet Micah

Commemorated August 14/27

St. Nicholai Velimirovich

Micah was of the tribe of Judah and from the village of Morasth for which he is called the "Morasthite." He was a contemporary of the prophets Isaiah, Amos, Hosea and the Jewish kings Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah. Micah rebuked the vices of his people and rebuked the false prophets who prophesied "of wine and of strong drink" (Micah 2:11). He foretold the destruction of Samaria. He also foretold the destruction of Jerusalem, which will come because their leaders accept bribes, the priests teach for lucre and its prophets tell fortunes for money. "Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field and Jerusalem shall become as heaps" (Micah 3:12). But, of all his prophecies, the most important prophecy is that of the Messiah, especially the place of His birth. He mentioned Bethlehem as the birthplace of the Messiah, "Whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting" (Micah 5:2). It is not known exactly whether this prophet was slain by the Jews or whether he died a peaceful death. "Micah the Morasthite prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah and spoke to all the people of Judah saying, Thus said the Lord of hosts; Zion shall be plowed like a field and Jerusalem shall become heaps and the mountain of the house as the high places of a forest. Did Hezekiah king of Judah and all Judah put him at all to death? Did he not fear the Lord and besought the Lord and the Lord repented him of the evil which he had pronounced against them? Thus might we procure great evil against our souls" (Jeremiah 26:18-19). However, it is known that he was buried in his village and his relics were found, together with the relics of the Prophet Habakkuk, during the reign of Emperor Theodosius the Great according to a mysterious revelation, which Bishop Zevin of Eleutheropolis received.

HYMN IN PRAISE

OF MICAH

Micah, God's prophet, with the Spirit of God burns,

Salvation speaks and punishment prophesies:

"Hear, you leaders of the house of Jacob" [Micah 3:1],

When fire erupts, the chaff is not saved.

You hate readily and evil, evil you relish,

God's people, you heartlessly fleece,

The prophets of old and the law you have abandoned,

To God you do not harken, to the fortune-tellers you harken!

But misfortune, pain and weeping will come,

To cry out to heaven, in vain and too late,

For the Assyrians, Samaria will be the threshing floor

For the rabid Chaldeans, Jerusalem, the threshing floor.

"And you Bethelem Ephratha small" [Micah 5:1],

To me, you are the dearest, even though you are the least

From you, the Leader whom we need, will come forth

His coming, from the depths of heaven,

Out of burning love, He will come willingly

With His mighty staff, His flock He will tend.

"His greatness [authority] shall reach to the ends of the earth" [Micah 5:3].

The earth, with the heavens, to Him with mercy shall sing

And peace will reign, He, that peace will be,

By Himself, He will glorify the human race.

St. Nicholai Velimirovich

Prologue from Ochrid

27 / 08 / 2015

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