Micah 2:6-11

6 1"Do not preach"--thus they preach-- 2"one should not preach of such things; 3disgrace will not overtake us."
7 Should this be said, O house of Jacob? 4Has the LORD grown impatient?[a] Are these his deeds? Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly?
8 But lately 5my people have risen up as an enemy; you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly with no thought of war.[b]
9 The women of my people you drive out from their delightful houses; from their young children you take away my splendor forever.
10 6Arise and go, for this is no 7place to rest, because of 8uncleanness that destroys with a grievous destruction.
11 If a man should go about and 9utter wind and lies, saying, "I will preach to you 10of wine and strong drink," he would be the preacher for this people!

Micah 2:6-11 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO MICAH 2

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 2:6-11 In-Context

4 In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you and moan bitterly, and say, "We are utterly ruined; he changes the portion of my people; how he removes it from me! To an apostate he allots our fields."
5 Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot in the assembly of the LORD.
6 "Do not preach"--thus they preach-- "one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us."
7 Should this be said, O house of Jacob? Has the LORD grown impatient? Are these his deeds? Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly?
8 But lately my people have risen up as an enemy; you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly with no thought of war.
9 The women of my people you drive out from their delightful houses; from their young children you take away my splendor forever.
10 Arise and go, for this is no place to rest, because of uncleanness that destroys with a grievous destruction.
11 If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, "I will preach to you of wine and strong drink," he would be the preacher for this people!
12 I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob; I will gather the remnant of Israel; I will set them together like sheep in a fold, like a flock in its pasture, a noisy multitude of men.
13 He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, going out by it. Their king passes on before them, the LORD at their head.

Cross References 10

  • 1. See Amos 2:12
  • 2. [Amos 8:11, 12]
  • 3. [Amos 8:10]
  • 4. [See ver. 6 above]
  • 5. [2 Chronicles 28:8]
  • 6. [Micah 1:11, 16]
  • 7. Deuteronomy 12:9; [Hebrews 13:14]
  • 8. Leviticus 18:25
  • 9. Jeremiah 5:13
  • 10. [Amos 2:12]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Hebrew Has the spirit of the Lord grown short?
  • [b]. Or returning from war
The English Standard Version is published with the permission of Good News Publishers.