But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah…
There is no applying this verse to any but to Christ.
I. THE PLACE OF HIS BIRTH. Bethlehem; spoken of as little, and Ephrata fruitful." There were two Bethlehems. One in the tribe of Zebulon. It was a sorry poor village.
II. THE PERSON THAT COMETH FROM THIS PLACE.
III. OF BOTH HIS NATURES. "As Man from Bethlehem; as God from everlasting.
IV. HIS OFFICE. Go before us, and be our Guide. He not only leads, He feeds.
(Launcelot Andrewes, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.