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Micah 6:9-16 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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9 Attention! God calls out to the city! If you know what's good for you, you'll listen. So listen, all of you! This is serious business. 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.
10 "Do you expect me to overlook obscene wealth you've piled up by cheating and fraud? 10 Am I still to forget, O wicked house, your ill-gotten treasures and the short ephah, which is accursed?
11 Do you think I'll tolerate shady deals and shifty scheming? 11 Shall I acquit a man with dishonest scales, with a bag of false weights?
12 I'm tired of the violent rich bullying their way with bluffs and lies. 12 Her rich men are violent; her people are liars and their tongues speak deceitfully.
13 I'm fed up. Beginning now, you're finished. You'll pay for your sins down to your last cent. 13 Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins.
14 No matter how much you get, it will never be enough - hollow stomachs, empty hearts. No matter how hard you work, you'll have nothing to show for it - bankrupt lives, wasted souls. 14 You will eat but not be satisfied; your stomach will still be empty. You will store up but save nothing, because what you save I will give to the sword.
15 You'll plant grass but never get a lawn. You'll make jelly but never spread it on your bread. You'll press apples but never drink the cider. 15 You will plant but not harvest; you will press olives but not use the oil on yourselves, you will crush grapes but not drink the wine.
16 You have lived by the standards of your king, Omri, the decadent lifestyle of the family of Ahab. Because you've slavishly followed their fashions, I'm forcing you into bankruptcy. Your way of life will be laughed at, a tasteless joke. Your lives will be derided as futile and fake." 16 You have observed the statutes of Omri and all the practices of Ahab's house, and 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. "