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Micah 2

Oppressors Judged
1Woe to those who dream up wickedness
and prepare evil plans#Ps 36:4; Is 32:7; Nah 1:11 on their beds!
At morning light#Hs 7:6–7 they accomplish it
because the power is in their hands.#Gn 31:29; Dt 28:32; Pr 3:27
2They covet fields#Jr 22:17; Am 8:4 and seize them;#Is 5:8
they also take houses.
They deprive a man of his home,#1Kg 21:1–15
a person of his inheritance.#Ex 20:17; Is 5:8
3Therefore, the Lord says:
I am now planning#Dt 28:48; Jr 18:11 a disaster
against this nation;#Jr 8:3; Am 3:1–2
you cannot free your necks from it.#Lm 1:14; 5:5
Then you will not walk so proudly#Is 2:11–12
because it will be an evil time.#Am 5:13
4In that day one will take up#Hab 2:6 a taunt against you
and lament mournfully,#Jr 9:10,17–21; Mc 1:8 saying,
“We are totally ruined!#Is 6:11; 24:3; Jr 4:13
He measures out the allotted land of my people.
How he removes it from me!
He allots our fields#Jr 6:12; 8:10 to traitors.”
5Therefore, there will be no one
in the assembly of the Lord
to divide the land by casting lots.#2:5 Lit Lord stretching the measuring line by lot#Nm 34:13,16–29; Jos 18:4,10
God’s Word Rejected
6“Quit your preaching,”#Is 30:10; Am 2:12; 7:16 they#2:6 = the prophets preach.
“They should not preach these things;#Is 29:10; Mc 3:6
shame will not overtake us.”#2:6 Text emended; MT reads things. Shame will not depart#Mc 6:16
7House of Jacob, should it be asked,
“Is the Spirit of the Lord impatient?#Is 50:2; 59:1
Are these the things he does?”
Don’t my words bring good#Ps 119:65,68,116; Jr 15:16
to the one who walks uprightly?#Ps 15:2; 84:11
8But recently my people have risen up
like an enemy:#Jr 12:8
You strip off the splendid robe#Mc 3:2–3; 7:2–3
from those who are passing through confidently,#Ps 120:6–7
like those returning from war.
9You force#Jr 10:20 the women of my people
out of their comfortable homes,
and you take my blessing#2:9 Perhaps the land#Ezk 39:21; Hab 2:14
from their children forever.
10Get up and leave,
for this is not your place of rest#Dt 3:19–20; 12:8–10
because defilement#Ps 106:38 brings destruction —
a grievous destruction!#Lv 18:25–28
11If a man comes
and utters empty lies#Jr 5:13,31
“I will preach to you about wine and beer”#Is 28:7
he would be just the preacher for this people!#Is 30:10–11
The Remnant Regathered
12I will indeed gather#Mc 4:6–7 all of you, Jacob;
I will collect the remnant of Israel.#2Kg 19:31; Mc 5:7–8; 7:18
I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,
like a flock in the middle of its pasture.
It will be noisy with people.#Jr 23:3; Ezk 36:35–38
13One who breaks open the way
will advance before them;
they will break out, pass through the city gate,
and leave by it.
Their King will pass through before them,
the Lord as their leader.

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