Israel’s Moral Decline
1How sad for me!
For I am like one who —
when the summer fruit has been gathered
after the gleaning of the grape harvest #Is 24:13 —
finds no grape cluster to eat,
no early fig, which I crave. #Is 28:4Hs 9:10
2Godly people have vanished from the land; #Is 57:1
there is no one upright among the people. #1Kg 19:10
All of them wait in ambush to shed blood; #Is 59:7Mc 3:10
they hunt each other with a net. #Jr 5:26Hs 5:1
3Both hands are good #Pr 4:16-17 at accomplishing evil:
the official and the judge demand a bribe; #Am 5:12Mc 3:11
when the powerful man communicates his evil desire,
they plot it together.
4The best of them is like a brier; #Ezk 2:6|NoBook| 28:24
the most upright is worse than a hedge of thorns. #Nah 1:10
The day of your watchmen,
the day of your punishment, is coming; #Is 10:3Hs 9:7
at this time their panic is here. #Is 22:5
5Do not rely on a friend; #Jr 9:4
don’t trust in a close companion.
Seal your mouth
from the woman who lies in your arms.
6Surely a son considers his father a fool, #Mt 10:21Lk 12:53
a daughter opposes her mother,
and a daughter-in-law is against her mother-in-law;
a man’s enemies are the men of his own household.
7But I will look to the Lord; #Hab 2:1
I will wait for the God of my salvation. #Ps 130:5Is 25:9
My God will hear me. #Ps 4:3
8Do not rejoice over me, #Ob 12 my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will stand up; #Am 9:11
though I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be my light. #Ps 27:1Is 9:2
9Because I have sinned against Him,
I must endure the Lord’s rage
until He argues my case #Jr 50:34
and establishes justice for me. #Jb 23:3-7Lm 3:58
He will bring me into the light; #Ps 37:6Is 42:7
I will see His salvation. # Or righteousness #Is 46:13|NoBook| 56:1
10Then my enemy will see,
and she will be covered with shame,
the one who said to me,
“Where is the Lord your God? ” #Ps 42:3|NoBook| 79:10|NoBook| 115:2Jl 2:17
My eyes will look at her in triumph;
at that time she will be trampled
like mud in the streets. #Ps 18:42Zch 10:5
11A day will come for rebuilding your walls; #Is 54:11Am 9:11
on that day your boundary will be extended. #Zph 2:2
12On that day people will come to you #Is 19:23-25|NoBook| 60:4
from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
even from Egypt to the Euphrates River
and from sea to sea
and mountain to mountain.
13Then the earth will become a wasteland #Jr 25:11Mc 6:13
because of its inhabitants
and as a result of their actions. #Is 3:10-11Mc 3:4
Micah’s Prayer Answered
14Shepherd Your people #Ps 95:7Is 40:11|NoBook| 49:10Mc 5:4 with Your staff, #Lv 27:32Ps 23:4
the flock that is Your possession.
They live alone #Nm 23:9Dt 33:28 in a woodland
surrounded by pastures.
Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead #Jr 50:19
as in ancient times. #Am 9:11
15I will perform miracles for them # = Israel
as in the days of your exodus
from the land of Egypt. #Ex 3:20|NoBook| 34:10Ps 78:11-16
16Nations will see and be ashamed
of # Or ashamed in spite of all their power.
They will put their hands over their mouths, #Mc 3:7
and their ears will become deaf.
17They will lick the dust like a snake; #Ps 72:9Is 49:23
they will come trembling out of their hiding places #Ps 18:45
like reptiles slithering on the ground. #Dt 32:24
They will tremble in the presence of Yahweh our God; #Is 25:3|NoBook| 59:19
they will stand in awe of You.
18Who is a God like You, #Ex 15:11Ps 71:19Is 40:18
removing iniquity and passing over rebellion #Ex 34:7Is 43:25Rm 3:25
for the remnant of His inheritance? #Mc 2:12|NoBook| 4:75:7-8
He does not hold on to His anger forever, #Ps 103:8-9
because He delights in faithful love. #Jr 32:41
19He will again have compassion on us;
He will vanquish our iniquities. #Jr 50:20
You will cast all our # Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg; other Hb mss read their sins
into the depths of the sea. #Ps 103:9-12Is 38:17|NoBook| 43:25Jr 31:34
20You will show loyalty to Jacob #Gn 24:27|NoBook| 32:10
and faithful love to Abraham,
as You swore to our fathers #Dt 7:8
from days long ago.