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Micah 6:1-15 (New International Version)

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The LORD's Case Against Israel

1 Listen to what the LORD says: "Stand up, plead your case before the mountains;1 let the hills hear what you have to say. 2 Hear,2 O mountains, the LORD's accusation;3 listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth. For the LORD has a case4 against his people; he is lodging a charge5 against Israel. 3 "My people, what have I done to you? How have I burdened6 you?7 Answer me. 4 I brought you up out of Egypt8 and redeemed you from the land of slavery.9 I sent Moses10 to lead you, also Aaron11 and Miriam.12 5 My people, remember what Balak13 king of Moab counseled and what Balaam son of Beor answered. Remember [ your journey] from Shittim14 to Gilgal,15 that you may know the righteous acts16 of the LORD." 6 With what shall I come before17 the LORD and bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?18 7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,19 with ten thousand rivers of oil?20 Shall I offer my firstborn21 for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?22 8 He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly23 and to love mercy and to walk humbly24 with your God.25

Israel's Guilt and Punishment

9 Listen! The LORD is calling to the city-- and to fear your name is wisdom-- "Heed the rod26 and the One who appointed it.a 10 Am I still to forget, O wicked house, your ill-gotten treasures and the short ephah,b which is accursed?27 11 Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales,28 with a bag of false weights?29 12 Her rich men are violent;30 her people are liars31 and their tongues speak deceitfully.32 13 Therefore, I have begun to destroy33 you, to ruin you because of your sins. 14 You will eat but not be satisfied;34 your stomach will still be empty.c You will store up but save nothing,35 because what you save I will give to the sword. 15 You will plant but not harvest;36 you will press olives but not use the oil on yourselves, you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.37
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