Micah 2 (New American Standard)

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Woe to Oppressors

1 Woe to those who 1scheme iniquity, Who work out evil on their beds ! a2When morning comes, they do it, For it is in the 3power of their hands. 2 They 4covet fields and then 5seize them, And houses, and take them away. They b6rob a man and his house, A man and his inheritance. 3 Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am 7planning against this 8family a calamity From which you 9cannot remove your necks ; And you will not walk 10haughtily, For it will be an 11evil time. 4 "On that day they will 12take up against you a ctaunt And d13utter a bitter lamentation and say, 'We are completely 14destroyed ! He exchanges the portion of my people ; How He removes it from me! To the apostate He 15apportions our fields.' 5 "Therefore you will have no one e16stretching a measuring line For you by lot in the assembly of the LORD. 6 '17Do not fspeak out,' so they gspeak out. But if hthey do 18not ispeak out concerning these things, 19Reproaches will not be turned back. 7 "Is it being said, O house of Jacob : 'Is the Spirit of the LORD 20impatient ? Are these His doings ?' Do not My words 21do good To the one 22walking uprightly ? 8 "jRecently My people have arisen as an 23enemy - You 24strip the krobe off the garment From 25unsuspecting passers-by, From those returned from war. 9 "The women of My people you 26evict, Each one from her pleasant house. From her children you take My 27splendor forever. 10 "Arise and go, For this is no place 28of rest Because of the 29uncleanness that brings on destruction, A painful destruction. 11 "If a man walking after wind and 30falsehood Had told lies and said, 'I will lspeak out to you concerning 31wine and liquor,' He would be mspokesman to 32this people. 12 "I will surely 33assemble all of you, Jacob, I will surely gather the 34remnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the fold ; Like a flock in the midst of its pasture They will be noisy with men. 13 "The breaker goes up before them; They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it. So their king goes on before them, And the LORD at their head."
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