Micah 2

Micah 2

Woe to the Oppressors
1 # [Isa. 10:1, 2] Woe to those who devise wickedness
and work evil #[Ps. 36:4]on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it,
because it is in the power of their hand.
2They covet fields and #[Isa. 5:8]seize them,
and houses, and take them away;
they oppress a man and his house,
a man and his inheritance.
3Therefore thus says the Lord:
behold, against #[Jer. 8:3; Amos 3:1, 2] this family I am devising disaster,#2:3 The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context
from which you cannot remove your necks,
and you #[Isa. 2:11, 17] shall not walk haughtily,
# Amos 5:13 for it will be a time of disaster.
4In that day #Hab. 2:6; See Num. 23:7 they shall take up a taunt song against you
and moan bitterly,
and say, “We are utterly ruined;
# [ch. 1:15] he changes the portion of my people;
# [ch. 1:15] how he removes it from me!
# [Ps. 68:6] To an apostate he allots our fields.”
5Therefore you will have none #Deut. 32:8, 9; [Josh. 14:1, 2]to cast the line by lot
in the assembly of the Lord.
6 # See Amos 2:12 “Do not preach”—thus they preach—
# [Amos 8:11, 12] “one should not preach of such things;
# [Amos 8:10] disgrace will not overtake us.”
7Should this be said, O house of Jacob?
# [See ver. 6 above] Has the Lord grown impatient?#2:7 Hebrew Has the spirit of the Lord grown short?
Are these his deeds?
Do not my words do good
to him who walks uprightly?
8But lately #[2 Chr. 28:8]my people have risen up as an enemy;
you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly
with no thought of war.#2:8 Or returning from war
9The women of my people you drive out
from their delightful houses;
from their young children you take away
my splendor forever.
10 # [ch. 1:11, 16] Arise and go,
for this is no #Deut. 12:9; [Heb. 13:14] place to rest,
because of #Lev. 18:25uncleanness that destroys
with a grievous destruction.
11If a man should go about and #Jer. 5:13 utter wind and lies,
saying, “I will preach to you #[Amos 2:12]of wine and strong drink,”
he would be the preacher for this people!
12I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob;
# [2 Kgs. 25:11] I will gather #See ch. 4:7 the remnant of Israel;
I will set them together
like sheep in a fold,
# [Jer. 31:10] like a flock in its pasture,
a noisy multitude of men.
13 # [2 Kgs. 25:10] He who opens the breach goes up before them;
they break through and pass the gate,
# [ch. 4:10] going out by it.
Their king passes on before them,
# [Isa. 52:12] the Lord at their head.

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