NASB — Micah 2 — KJV

Woe to Oppressors

  1 Woe to those who ascheme iniquity,
  Who work out evil on their beds!
  IbWhen morning comes, they do it,
  For it is in the cpower of their hands.
  2 They acovet fields and then bseize [them],
  And houses, and take [them] away.
  They Icrob a man and his house,
  A man and his inheritance.
3 Therefore thus says the LORD,
  “Behold, I am aplanning against this bfamily a calamity
  From which you ccannot remove your necks;
  And you will not walk dhaughtily,
  For it will be an eevil time.
  4 “On that day they will atake up against you a Itaunt
  And IIbutter a bitter lamentation [and] say,
  ‘We are completely cdestroyed!
  He exchanges the portion of my people;
  How He removes it from me!
  To the apostate He dapportions our fields.’
  5 “Therefore you will have no one Iastretching a measuring line
  For you by lot in the assembly of the LORD.

[1] ILit In the light of the morning aPs 36:4; Is 32:7; Na 1:11 bHo 7:6, 7 cGn 31:29; Dt 28:32; Pv 3:27
[2] ILit oppress aJr 22:17; Am 8:4 bIs 5:8 c1K 21:1-15
[3] aDt 28:48; Jr 18:11 bJr 8:3; Am 3:1, 2 cLm 1:14; 5:5 dIs 2:11, 12 eAm 5:13
[4] IOr proverb IILit lament aHab 2:6 bJr 9:10, 17-21; Mi 1:8 cIs 6:11; 24:3; Jr 4:13 dJr 6:12; 8:10
[5] ILit casting aNu 34:13, 16-29; Dt 32:8; Jsh 18:4, 10

  6 ¶ ‘aDo not Ispeak out,’ [so] they Ispeak out.
  [But if] IIthey do bnot Ispeak out concerning these things,
  cReproaches will not be turned back.
  7 “Is it being said, O house of Jacob:
  ‘Is the Spirit of the LORD aimpatient?
  Are these His doings?’
  Do not My words bdo good
  To the one cwalking uprightly?
  8IRecently My people have arisen as an aenemy
  You bstrip the IIrobe off the garment
  From cunsuspecting passers-by,
  [From] those returned from war.
  9 “The women of My people you aevict,
  Each [one] from her pleasant house.
  From her children you take My bsplendor forever.
  10 “Arise and go,
  For this is no place aof rest
  Because of the buncleanness that brings on destruction,
  A painful destruction.
  11 “If a man walking after wind and afalsehood
  Had told lies [and said],
  ‘I will Ispeak out to you concerning bwine and liquor,’
  He would be IIspokesman to cthis people.

[6] ILit flow III.e. God’s prophets aIs 30:10; Am 2:12; 7:16 bIs 29:10; Mi 3:6 cMi 6:16
[7] aIs 50:2; 59:1 bPs 119:65, 68, 116; Jr 15:16 cPs 15:2; 84:11
[8] ILit And yesterday IIOr ornaments aJr 12:8 bMi 3:2, 3; 7:2, 3 cPs 120:6, 7
[9] aJr 10:20 bEzk 39:21; Hab 2:14
[10] aDt 12:9 bPs 106:38
[11] ILit flow IILit one who flows oracles aJr 5:31 bIs 28:7 cIs 30:10, 11

  12 ¶ “I will surely aassemble all of you, Jacob,
  I will surely gather the bremnant of Israel.
  I will put them together like sheep in the fold;
  Like a flock in the midst of its pasture
  They will be noisy with men.
  13 “The breaker goes up before them;
  They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it.
  So their king goes on before them,
  And the LORD at their head.”

[12] aMi 4:6, 7 bMi 5:7, 8; 7:18


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Against oppression.

1 ¶ Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand. 2 And they covet fields, and take [them] by violence; and houses, and take [them] away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. 3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time [is] evil.

[1] Gn 31:29; Dt 28:32; Es 3:8; 5:14; 9:25; Ps 7:14; 36:4; 140:1; Pv 3:27; 4:16; 6:12; 12:2; Is 32:7; 59:3; Jr 18:18; Ezk 11:2; Ho 7:6; Na 1:11; Mt 27:1; Mk 15:1; Lk 20:19; 22:2; Jn 19:11; Ac 23:12, 15; Ro 1:30.
[2] Ex 20:17; 22:21; 1S 12:3; 1K 21:2; 2K 9:26; Ne 5:1; Jb 24:2; 31:38; Is 5:8; Jr 22:17; Ezk 18:12; 22:12; Am 8:4; Mi 3:9; Hab 2:5; Mal 3:5; Mt 23:14; 1Ti 6:10.
[3] Is 2:11; 3:16; 5:19; 28:14; Jr 8:3; 13:15; 18:11; 27:12; 34:17; 36:23; 43:2; Lm 1:14; 2:17; 5:5; Dn 4:37; 5:20; Am 2:14; 3:1; 5:13; 9:1; Mi 2:1; Zp 1:17; Ro 16:4; Ep 5:16; Jm 2:13.

A lamentation.

4 ¶ In that day shall [one] take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, [and] say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed [it] from me! turning away he hath divided our fields. 5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD. 6 Prophesy ye not, [say they to them that] prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, [that] they shall not take shame.

[4] Nu 23:7, 18; 24:3, 15; Dt 28:29; 2S 1:17; 2K 17:23; 2Ch 35:25; 36:20; Jb 27:1; Is 6:11; 14:4; 24:3; 63:17; Jr 9:10, 17, 19; 14:18; 25:9; Lm 1:1; Ezk 2:10; 16:44; Jol 1:8, 13; Am 5:1, 17; Mi 1:15; 2:10; Hab 2:6; Zp 1:2; Mk 12:12.
[5] Dt 23:2, 8; 32:8; Jsh 18:4, 10; Ne 7:61; Ps 16:6; Ho 9:3.
[6] Ps 74:9; Is 30:10; Jr 6:14; 8:11; 26:8, 20; Ezk 3:26; 20:46; 21:2; Am 2:12; 7:13; 8:11; Ac 4:17; 5:28, 40; 7:51; 1Th 2:15.

A reproof of injustice and idolatry.

7 ¶ O [thou that art] named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? [are] these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly? 8 Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war. 9 The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever. 10 Arise ye, and depart; for this [is] not [your] rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy [you], even with a sore destruction. 11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, [saying], I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

[7] Nu 11:23; Ps 15:2; 19:7; 84:11; 119:70, 92, 99; Pv 2:7; 10:9, 29; 14:2; 28:18; Is 48:1; 50:2; 58:1; 59:1; Jr 2:4; 15:16; Ho 14:9; Mi 3:9; Zc 4:6; Mt 3:8; Jn 8:39; Ro 2:28; 7:13; 9:6; 2Co 6:12; 2Ti 3:5.
[8] 2S 20:19; 2Ch 28:5, 8; Ps 55:20; 120:6; Is 9:21.
[9] 1S 26:19; Ps 72:19; Ezk 39:21; Jol 3:6; Mi 2:2; Hab 2:14; Zc 2:5; Mt 23:14; Mk 12:40; Lk 20:47; 2Co 3:18; 4:6.
[10] Lv 18:24; 20:22; Dt 4:26; 12:9; 30:18; Jsh 23:15; 1K 9:7; 2K 15:29; 17:6; 2Ch 7:20; 36:20; Ps 95:11; 106:38; Jr 3:2; 9:19; 10:18; Ezk 36:12; He 4:1.
[11] 1K 13:18; 22:6, 21; 2Ch 18:19; Is 9:15; 30:10; Jr 5:31; 6:13; 8:10; 14:14; 23:14, 17, 25, 32; 27:14; 28:2, 15; 29:21; Ezk 13:3, 22; Mi 3:5, 11; Ro 16:18; 2Co 11:13; Php 3:19; 2Th 2:8, 11; 2P 2:1, 13; 1Jn 4:1; Rv 16:13.

A promise of restoring Jacob.

12 ¶ I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of [the multitude of] men. 13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.

[12] Gn 36:33; Is 11:11; 27:12; 34:6; Jr 3:18; 23:3; 31:7, 8, 10; Ezk 34:11, 22, 31; 36:37; 37:21; Ho 1:11; Am 1:12; Mi 4:6; 7:14; Zc 8:22; 9:14; 10:6.
[13] Is 42:7, 13; 45:1; 49:9, 10, 24; 51:9, 12; 52:12; 55:4; 59:16; Jr 23:5; 51:20; Ezk 34:23; Dn 2:34, 44; Ho 1:11; 3:5; 13:14; Zc 9:14; 10:5, 12; 12:3, 8; Jn 10:27; 1Co 15:21; He 2:9, 14; 6:20; Rv 7:17; 17:14; 19:13.


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