Micah 7 TNIV

Israel's Misery

1 What misery is mine! I am like one who gathers summer fruit at the gleaning of the vineyard; there is no cluster of grapes to eat, none of the early figs1 that I crave.

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2 The faithful have been swept from the land;2 not one3 upright person remains. Everyone lies in wait4 to shed blood;5 they hunt each other6 with nets.7

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3 Both hands are skilled in doing evil;8 the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes,9 the powerful dictate what they desire-- they all conspire together.

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4 The best of them is like a brier,10 the most upright worse than a thorn11 hedge. The day of your watchmen has come, the day God visits you. Now is the time of their confusion.12

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5 Do not trust a neighbor; put no confidence in a friend.13 Even with the woman who lies in your embrace be careful of your words.

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6 For a son dishonors his father, a daughter rises up against her mother,14 a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- your enemies are the members of your own household.15

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7 But as for me, I watch16 in hope17 for the LORD, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear18 me.

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Israel Will Rise

8 Do not gloat over me,19 my enemy! Though I have fallen, I will rise.20 Though I sit in darkness, the LORD will be my light.21

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9 Because I have sinned against him, I will bear the LORD's wrath,22 until he pleads my case23 and establishes my right. He will bring me out into the light;24 I will see his righteousness.25

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10 Then my enemy will see it and will be covered with shame,26 she who said to me, "Where is the LORD your God?"27 My eyes will see her downfall;28 even now she will be trampled29 underfoot like mire in the streets.

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11 The day for building your walls30 will come, the day for extending your boundaries.

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12 In that day people will come to you from Assyria31 and the cities of Egypt, even from Egypt to the Euphrates and from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.32

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13 The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants, as the result of their deeds.33

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Prayer and Praise

14 Shepherd34 your people with your staff,35 the flock of your inheritance, which lives by itself in a forest, in fertile pasturelands.a36 Let them feed in Bashan37 and Gilead38 as in days long ago.39

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    • a 7:14 - Or "in the middle of Carmel"
      15 "As in the days when you came out of Egypt, I will show them my wonders.40"

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      16 Nations will see and be ashamed,41 deprived of all their power. They will put their hands over their mouths42 and their ears will become deaf.

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      17 They will lick dust43 like a snake, like creatures that crawl on the ground. They will come trembling44 out of their dens; they will turn in fear45 to the LORD our God and will be afraid of you.

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      18 Who is a God46 like you, who pardons sin47 and forgives48 the transgression of the remnant49 of his inheritance?50 You do not stay angry51 forever but delight to show mercy.52

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      19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities53 into the depths of the sea.54

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      20 You will be faithful to Jacob, and show love to Abraham,55 as you pledged on oath to our ancestors56 in days long ago.57

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