The prophet laments
I’ve become like one who,
even after the summer fruit has been gathered,
after the ripened fruits have been collected,
has no cluster of grapes to eat,
no ripe fig that I might desire.
2Faithful ones have perished from the land;
there is no righteous one among humanity.
All of them lie in wait for bloodshed;
they hunt each other with nets.
3Their hands are skilled at doing evil.
Official and judge alike ask for a bribe;
the powerful speak however they like;
this is how they conspire.
4The good among them are like a briar;
those who do the right thing are like a thorny thicket.
(A day for your lookouts!#Heb uncertain
Your punishment has arrived.
The confusion of the wicked#Heb lacks the wicked. is nearby.)
5Don’t rely on a friend;
put no trust in a companion;
guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your embrace.
6Son disrespects father;
a daughter rises up against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
the enemies of a man are those of his own household.
7But me! I will keep watch for the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me.
8Do not rejoice#Rejoice (feminine singular) over me, my enemy,
because when I fall, I will rise;
if I sit in darkness, the Lord is my light.
9I must bear the raging of the Lord,
for I have sinned against him,
until he decides my case and provides justice for me.
He will bring me out into the light;
I will see by means of his righteousness.
10Then my enemy will see;
shame will cover her who said to me:
"Where is the Lord your God?"
My eyes will see her ruin;#Heb lacks ruin.
now she will become something to be trampled,
like mud in the streets.
Micah responds to Zion
11A day for the building of your walls!
On that day, the boundary will be distant.
12On that day, they will come to you from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
from Egypt to the River,
from sea to sea,
and from mountain to mountain.
13And the earth will become desolate because of her inhabitants,
because of the fruit of their actions.
Micah intercedes for the people
14Shepherd your people with your staff,
the sheep of your inheritance,
those dwelling alone in a forest in the midst of Carmel.
Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead, as a long time ago.
15As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,
I will show Israel wonderful things.
The prophet continues
16Nations will see and be ashamed of all their strength;
they will cover their mouths;
their ears will be deaf.
17They will lick dust like the snake,
like things that crawl on the ground.
They will come trembling from their strongholds to the Lord our God;
they will dread and fear you!
18Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity,
overlooking the sin of the few remaining for his inheritance?
He doesn’t hold on to his anger forever;
he delights in faithful love.
19He will once again have compassion on us;
he will tread down our iniquities.
You will hurl all our sins into the depths of the sea.
20You will provide faithfulness to Jacob, faithful love to Abraham,
as you swore to our ancestors a long time ago.