Micah 2

Listen to Micah 2

Woe to the Oppressors

1 1Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil 2on their beds! When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand.
2 They covet fields and 3seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance.
3 Therefore thus says the LORD: behold, against 4this family I am devising disaster,[a] from which you cannot remove your necks, and you 5shall not walk haughtily, 6for it will be a time of disaster.
4 In that day 7they shall take up a taunt song against you and moan bitterly, and say, "We are utterly ruined; 8he changes the portion of my people; 9how he removes it from me! 10To an apostate he allots our fields."
5 Therefore you will have none 11to cast the line by lot in the assembly of the LORD.
6 12"Do not preach"--thus they preach-- 13"one should not preach of such things; 14disgrace will not overtake us."
7 Should this be said, O house of Jacob? 15Has the LORD grown impatient?[b] Are these his deeds? Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly?
8 But lately 16my people have risen up as an enemy; you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly with no thought of war.[c]
9 The women of my people you drive out from their delightful houses; from their young children you take away my splendor forever.
10 17Arise and go, for this is no 18place to rest, because of 19uncleanness that destroys with a grievous destruction.
11 If a man should go about and 20utter wind and lies, saying, "I will preach to you 21of wine and strong drink," he would be the preacher for this people!
12 I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob; 22I will gather 23the remnant of Israel; I will set them together like sheep in a fold, 24like a flock in its pasture, a noisy multitude of men.
13 25He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, 26going out by it. Their king passes on before them, 27the LORD at their head.

Micah 2 Commentary

Chapter 2

The sins and desolations of Israel. (1-5) Their evil practices. (6-11) A promise of restoration. (12,13)

Verses 1-5 Woe to the people that devise evil during the night, and rise early to carry it into execution! It is bad to do mischief on a sudden thought, much worse to do it with design and forethought. It is of great moment to improve and employ hours of retirement and solitude in a proper manner. If covetousness reigns in the heart, compassion is banished; and when the heart is thus engaged, violence and fraud commonly occupy the hands. The most haughty and secure in prosperity, are commonly most ready to despair in adversity. Woe to those from whom God turns away! Those are the sorest calamities which cut us off from the congregation of the Lord, or cut us short in the enjoyment of its privileges.

Verses 6-11 Since they say, "Prophesy not," God will take them at their word, and their sin shall be their punishment. Let the physician no longer attend the patient that will not be healed. Those are enemies, not only to God, but to their country, who silence good ministers, and stop the means of grace. What bonds will hold those who have no reverence for God's word? Sinners cannot expect to rest in a land they have polluted. You shall not only be obliged to depart out of this land, but it shall destroy you. Apply this to our state in this present world. There is corruption in the world through lust, and we should keep at a distance from it. It is not our rest: it was designed for our passage, but not for our portion; our inn, but not our home; here we have no continuing city; let us therefore arise and depart, let us seek a continuing city above. Since they will be deceived, let them be deceived. Teachers who recommend self-indulgence by their doctrine and example, best suit such sinners.

Verses 12-13 These verses may refer to the captivity of Israel and Judah. But the passage is also a prophecy of the conversion of the Jews to Christ. The Lord would not only bring them from captivity, and multiply them, but the Lord Jesus would open their way to God, by taking upon him the nature of man, and by the work of his Spirit in their hearts, breaking the fetters of Satan. Thus he has gone before, and the people follow, breaking, in his strength, through the enemies that would stop their way to heaven.

Cross References 27

Footnotes 3

  • [a]. The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context
  • [b]. Hebrew Has the spirit of the Lord grown short?
  • [c]. Or returning from war

Chapter Summary


In this chapter complaint is made of the sins of the people of Israel, and they are threatened with punishment for them. The sins they are charged with are covetousness, oppression, and injustice, which were premeditated, and done deliberately, Mic 2:1,2; therefore the Lord devised evil against them, they should not escape; and which would bring down their pride, and cause them to take up a lamentation, because they should not enjoy the portion of land that belonged to them, Mic 2:3-5; they are further charged with opposing the prophets of the Lord, the folly and wickedness of which is exposed, Mic 2:6,7; and with great inhumanity and barbarity, even to women and children, Mic 2:8,9; and therefore are ordered to expect and prepare for a removal out of their land, Mic 2:10; and the rather, since they gave encouragement and heed to false prophets, and delighted in them, Mic 2:11; and the chapter is concluded with words of comfort to the remnant among them, and with precious promises of the Messiah, and the blessings of grace by him, Mic 2:12,13.

Micah 2 Commentaries

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