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The Evil Plans of People

Trouble will come to those who make plans to sin.
    They lie on their beds making their evil plans.
Then when the morning light comes, they do what they planned,
    because they have the power to do what they want.
They want fields, so they take them.
    They want houses, so they take them.
They cheat a man
    and take his house and his land.

The Lord’s Plans to Punish the People

That is why the Lord says:
“Look, I am planning trouble against this family.
    You will not be able to save yourselves.[a]
You will stop being proud,
    because bad times are coming.
Then people will sing songs about you.
    They will sing this sad song:
‘We are ruined!
    The Lord took away our land and gave it to other people.
Yes, he took my land away from me.
    He has divided our fields among our enemies.
So we will not be able to measure the land
    and divide it among the Lord’s people.’”

Micah Is Asked Not to Prophesy

The people say, “Don’t prophesy to us.
    Don’t say those bad things about us.
Nothing bad will happen to us.”

But people of Jacob,
    I must say these things.
The Lord is losing his patience
    because of the bad things you did.
If you lived right,
    I could say nice words to you.
But you attack my people like enemies.
    You steal the clothes off the backs of people walking by.
They think they are safe,
    but you are there to treat them like prisoners of war.[b]
You have taken nice houses
    away from the women of my people.
You have taken my wealth
    away from their small children forever.
10 Get up and leave!
    This will not be your place of rest, because you ruined it.
You made it unclean, so it will be destroyed!
    It will be a terrible destruction!

11 These people don’t want to listen to me.
    But if a man comes telling lies, they will accept him.
They would accept a false prophet if he comes and says,
    “There will be good times in the future, with plenty of wine and beer.”

The Lord Will Bring His People Together

12 Yes, people of Jacob, I will bring all of you together.
    I will bring together all those in Israel who are still living.
I will put them together like sheep in the sheep pen,
    like a flock in its pasture.
Then the place will be filled
    with the noise of many people.
13 The “One Who Breaks Through Walls” will push through and walk to the front of his people.
    They will break through the gates and leave that city.
They will leave with their king marching before them—
    with the Lord at the front of his people.

Footnotes

  1. Micah 2:3 save yourselves Literally, “take your necks off it.”
  2. Micah 2:8 They think … war Or “Returning from war, they think they are safe.”

Human Plans and God’s Plans

Woe to those who plan iniquity,
    to those who plot evil(A) on their beds!(B)
At morning’s light they carry it out
    because it is in their power to do it.
They covet fields(C) and seize them,(D)
    and houses, and take them.
They defraud(E) people of their homes,
    they rob them of their inheritance.(F)

Therefore, the Lord says:

“I am planning disaster(G) against this people,
    from which you cannot save yourselves.
You will no longer walk proudly,(H)
    for it will be a time of calamity.
In that day people will ridicule you;
    they will taunt you with this mournful song:
‘We are utterly ruined;(I)
    my people’s possession is divided up.(J)
He takes it from me!
    He assigns our fields to traitors.’”

Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the Lord
    to divide the land(K) by lot.(L)

False Prophets

“Do not prophesy,” their prophets say.
    “Do not prophesy about these things;
    disgrace(M) will not overtake us.(N)
You descendants of Jacob, should it be said,
    “Does the Lord become[a] impatient?
    Does he do such things?”

“Do not my words do good(O)
    to the one whose ways are upright?(P)
Lately my people have risen up
    like an enemy.
You strip off the rich robe
    from those who pass by without a care,
    like men returning from battle.
You drive the women of my people
    from their pleasant homes.(Q)
You take away my blessing
    from their children forever.
10 Get up, go away!
    For this is not your resting place,(R)
because it is defiled,(S)
    it is ruined, beyond all remedy.
11 If a liar and deceiver(T) comes and says,
    ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,’(U)
    that would be just the prophet for this people!(V)

Deliverance Promised

12 “I will surely gather all of you, Jacob;
    I will surely bring together the remnant(W) of Israel.
I will bring them together like sheep in a pen,
    like a flock in its pasture;
    the place will throng with people.(X)
13 The One who breaks open the way will go up before(Y) them;
    they will break through the gate(Z) and go out.
Their King will pass through before them,
    the Lord at their head.”

Footnotes

  1. Micah 2:7 Or Is the Spirit of the Lord

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