From the prophet Micah 5: 1-4a


Thus says the LORD:

You, Bethlehem-Ephrathah,

too small to be among the clans of Judah,

from you shall come forth for me

one who is to be ruler in Israel; whose origin is from of old,

from ancient times.

Therefore the LORD will give them up, until the time

when she who is to give birth has borne,

and the rest of his kindred shall return

to the children of Israel.

He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock

by the strength of the LORD,

in the majestic name of the LORD, his God;

and they shall remain, for now his greatness

shall reach to the ends of the earth;

he shall be peace.