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The Evil Plans of People
1How terrible it will be for people who plan wickedness.
They lie on their beds and make evil plans.
When the morning light comes, they do the things they planned.
They do them just because they have the power to do so.
2They want fields; so they take them.
They want houses; so they take them.
They cheat a man and take his house.
They cheat a man and take his property.
3That is why the Lord says:
“Look, I am planning trouble against such people.
You won’t be able to save yourselves.
You will no longer walk proudly,
because it will be a terrible time.
4At that time people will make fun of you.
They will sing this sad song about you:
‘We are completely ruined.
The Lord has taken away our land.
Yes, he has taken our land away from us.
He has divided our fields among our enemies!’”
5So you will have no land for people to measure.
They will not throw lots to divide the land among the Lord’s people.
Micah Is Asked Not to Prophesy
6People say, “Don’t prophesy to us!
Don’t say those bad things about us!
Nothing like that will happen to us!”
7But I must say this, people of Jacob.
The Lord is becoming angry about what you have done.
If you lived right,
I could say nice words to you.
8But recently, my people have become my enemy.
You take the coats from people who pass by.
They think they are safe.
But you rob them
as if they were prisoners of war.
9You’ve forced the women of my people
from their nice houses.
You’ve taken my glory
from their children forever.
10Get up and leave.
This is not your promised place of rest anymore.
You have made this place unclean.
It is doomed to destruction.
11But you people want a false prophet
who will tell you nothing but lies.
You want one who promises to prophesy good things for you
if you give him wine and beer.
He’s just the prophet for you.
The Lord Promises to Rescue His People
12“Yes, people of Jacob, I will bring all of you together.
I will bring together all those left alive in Israel.
I’ll put them together like sheep in a pen,
like a flock in its pasture.
Then the place will be filled with many people.
13Someone will open the way and lead the people out.
The people will break through the gate and leave the city where they were held captive.
Their king will go out in front of them.
The Lord will lead his people.”