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Oppressors Judged

1 Woe to those who dream up wickedness and prepare evil [plans]aon their beds! At morning light they accomplish it because the power is in their hands.

References for Micah 2:1

    • a 2:1 - Isa 32:7
      2 They covet fields and seize them; they also take houses. They deprive a man of his home, a person of his inheritance.b

      References for Micah 2:2

        • b 2:2 - Ex 20:17; Isa 5:8
          3 Therefore, the Lord says: I am now planning a disaster against this nation; you cannot free your necks from it. Then you will not walk so proudly because it will be an evil time.
          4 In that day one will take up a taunt against you, and lament mournfully, saying: We are totally ruined! He measures out the allotted land of my people. How He removes [it] from me! He allots our fields to traitors.
          5 Therefore, there will be no one in the assembly of the Lord to divide the land by casting lots.cd

          References for Micah 2:5

            • c 2:5 - Lit Lord stretching the measuring line by lot
            • d 2:5 - Nm 34:13; Jos 18:10

              God's Word Rejected

              6 "Stop your preaching," theye preach. "They should not preach these things; shame will not overtake us."f

              References for Micah 2:6

                • e 2:6 - the prophets
                • f 2:6 - Text emended; MT reads things. Shame will not depart.
                  7 House of Jacob, should it be asked: "Is the Spirit of the Lord impatient? Are these the things He does?" Don't My words bring good to the one who walks uprightly?
                  8 But recently My people have risen up like an enemy: You strip off the splendid robe from those who are passing through confidently, like those returning from war.
                  9 You force the women of My people out of their comfortable homes, and you take My blessingg from their children forever.

                  References for Micah 2:9

                    • g 2:9 - Perhaps land
                      10 Get up and leave, for this is not your place of rest,h because defilement brings destruction- a grievous destruction!i

                      References for Micah 2:10

                        • h 2:10 - Dt 3:19-20; 12:8-10
                        • i 2:10 - Lv 18:25-28
                          11 If a man of spiritj comes and invents lies: "I will preach to you about wine and beer," he would be just the preacher for this people!

                          References for Micah 2:11

                              The Remnant Regathered

                              12 I will indeed gather all of you, Jacob; I will collect the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in the middle of its fold. It will be noisy with people.k

                              References for Micah 2:12

                                • k 2:12 - Jr 23:3; Ezk 36:35-38
                                  13 One who breaks open [the way] will advance before them; they will break out, pass through the gate, and leave by it. Their King will pass through before them, the Lord as their leader.