1 A complaint for the small number of the righteous. 4 The wickedness of those times. 14 The prosperity of the Church.

Woe is me, for I am as the [a]Summer gatherings, and as the grapes of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the first ripe fruits.

The good man is perished out of the earth, and there is none righteous among men: [b]they all lie in wait for blood: every man hunteth his brother with a net.

To make good for the evil of their hands, the prince asked, and the judge judgeth for a reward: therefore the [c]great man he speaketh out the corruption of his soul: so [d]they wrapped it up.

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 7:1 The Prophet taketh upon him the person of the earth, which complaineth that all her fruits are gone, so that none is left: that is, that there is no godly man remaining: for all are given to cruelty and deceit, so that none spareth his own brother.
  2. Micah 7:2 He showeth that the prince, the judge, and the rich man are linked together all to do evil, and to cloak the doings one of another.
  3. Micah 7:3 That is, the rich man that is able to give money, abstaineth from no wickedness nor injury.
  4. Micah 7:3 These men agree among themselves and conspire with one consent to do evil.

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