6 With what shall I come before the LORDand bow down before the exalted God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old?
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7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousand rivers of olive oil? Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humblya with your God.

Israel’s Guilt and Punishment

9 Listen! The LORD is calling to the city— and to fear your name is wisdom— “Heed the rod and the One who appointed it.b
References for Micah 6:9
    • q 6:9 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
      10 Am I still to forget your ill-gotten treasures, you wicked house, and the short ephah,c which is accursed?
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        • r 6:10 - An ephah was a dry measure.
          11 Shall I acquit someone with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?
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          12 Your rich people are violent; your inhabitants are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully.
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          13 Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruind you because of your sins.
          References for Micah 6:13
            • s 6:13 - Or "Therefore, I will make you ill and destroy you;" / "I will ruin"
              14 You will eat but not be satisfied; your stomach will still be empty.eYou will store up but save nothing, because what you savef I will give to the sword.
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                • t 6:14 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
                • u 6:14 - Or "You will press toward birth but not give birth," / "and what you bring to birth"
                  15 You will plant but not harvest; you will press olives but not use the oil, you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.
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                  16 You have observed the statutes of Omri and all the practices of Ahab’s house; you have followed their traditions. Therefore I will give you over to ruin and your people to derision; you will bear the scorn of the nations.g
                  References for Micah 6:16
                    • v 6:16 - Septuagint; Hebrew "scorn due my people"