Micah 2 (Complete Jewish Bible)

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1 Woe to those who think up evil and plan wickedness as they lie in bed. When morning comes, they do it, since they have it in their power. 2 They covet fields and seize them; they take over houses as well, doing violence to both owner and house, to people and their inherited land. 3 Therefore this is what ADONAI says: "Against this family I am planning an evil from which you will not withdraw your necks; nor will you walk with your heads held high, for it will be an evil time." 4 On that day they will take up a dirge for you; sadly lamenting, they will wail, "We are completely ruined! Our people's land has changed hands. Our fields are taken away from us; instead of restoring them, he parcels them out." 5 Therefore, you will have no one in the assembly of ADONAI to stretch out a measuring line and restore the land assigned by lot. 6 "Don't preach!" - thus they preach! "They shouldn't preach about these things. Shame will not overtake us" - 7 is this what the house of Ya'akov says? ADONAI has not grown impatient, and these things are not his doings. "Rather, my words do only good to anyone living uprightly. 8 But lately my people behave like an enemy, stripping both cloaks and tunics from travelers who thought they were secure, so that they become like war refugees. 9 You throw my people's women out of the homes they love. You deprive their children of my glory forever. 10 Get up and go! You can't stay here! Because [the land] is now unclean, it will destroy you with a grievous destruction." 11 If a man who walks in wind and falsehood tells this lie: "I will preach to you of [how good it is to drink] wine and strong liquor" - this people will accept him as their preacher! 12 "I will assemble all of you, Ya'akov; I will gather the remnant of Isra'el, I will put them together like sheep in a pen, like a herd in its pasture - it will hum with the sounds of people." 13 The one breaking through went up before them; they broke through, passed the gate and went out. Their king passed on before them; ADONAI was leading them.
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