You shall give
The houses of Achzib
Shall be a deception
To the kings of Israel.
I will again bring
As a conqueror
Inhabitants of Mareshah.
The glory of Israel
Shall come to Adullam.”
Micah finished up with 4 other small towns including his own town of Moresheth-gath. They were to give parting gifts to his home town because they might not see her again. Moresheth was close to the Hebrew word for inheritance. The houses of Achzib were a deception to the kings of Israel, since that name meant disappointment or deception. Yahweh, via Micah, was going to bring a conqueror to the people of Mareshah, a place near Moresheth, the home of Micah. Finally, the glory of Israel would come to Adullam, the place were David and his men took refuge.
“When King Antiochus king heard this news, he was astounded and badly shaken. He took to his bed. He became sick from grief because things had not turned out for him as he had planned. He lay there for many days because deep disappointment continually gripped him. He concluded that he was dying. So he called all his friends. He said to them.
‘Sleep has departed from my eyes.
I am downhearted with worry.
I said to myself.
‘To what distress I have come!
Into what a great flood I now am plunged!
For I was kind and beloved in my power.’
But now I remember the wrong I did in Jerusalem.
I seized all her vessels of silver and gold.
I sent to destroy the inhabitants of Judah without good reason.
I know that it is because of this
That these misfortunes have come upon me.
Here I am perishing of bitter disappointment in a strange land.’”
King Antiochus IV was astonished and shaken by the news that he heard about Judah. In quite a melodramatic way, he took to his bed because things had not turned out the way that he had planned them. He was very despondent. Thinking that he was dying, he called his friends. He tried to clear his soul with a confession to his friends. He could no longer sleep because he was so worried. He was in great distress that he himself had caused. He had been a kind and beloved king, until he went to Jerusalem. There he took the silver and gold vessels and destroyed the people of Jerusalem for no reason. He believed that all his misfortunes stemmed from that incident. Now he was going to die disappointed in a strange land, Persia.
“King Antiochus was going through the upper provinces when he heard that Elymais in Persia was a city famed for its wealth in silver and gold. Its temple was very rich, containing golden shields, breastplates, and weapons left there by Alexander son of Philip, the Macedonian king who first reigned over the Greeks. So he came and tried to take the city and plunder it. However he could not because his plan became known to the citizens. They withstood him in battle. So he fled. In great disappointment, he left there to return to Babylon.”
King Antiochus IV Epiphanes of the Seleucid Syria dynasty tried to take some treasures from the town of Elymais in Persia, which was near Susa. This had been a favorite of Alexander the Great. However, the citizens of the town found out that he was coming. They withstood his attack so that he had to flee back to Babylon.