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Micah 2

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Against oppression.

2:1 Woe to those who devise iniquity
and work evil on their beds!
When the morning is light, they practice it,
because it is in the power of their hand.

2:2 They covet fields, and seize them;
and houses, and take them away:
and they oppress a man and his house,
even a man and his heritage.

2:3 Therefore thus says Yahweh:

“Behold, I am planning against these people a disaster,
from which you will not remove your necks,
neither will you walk haughtily;
for it is an evil time.

A lamentation.

2:4 In that day they will take up a parable against you,
and lament with a doleful lamentation, saying,
‘We are utterly ruined!
My people’s possession is divided up.
Indeed he takes it from me and assigns our fields to traitors!’”

2:5 Therefore you will have no one who divides the land by lot in the assembly of Yahweh.

2:6 “Don’t prophesy!”
They prophesy.
“Don’t prophesy about these things.
Disgrace won’t overtake us.”

A reproof of injustice and idolatry.

2:7 Shall it be said, O house of Jacob:

“Is the Spirit of Yahweh angry?
Are these his doings?
Don’t my words do good to him who walks blamelessly?”

2:8 But lately my people have risen up as an enemy.
You strip the robe and clothing from those who pass by without a care, returning from battle.

2:9 You drive the women of my people out from their pleasant houses; from their young children you take away my blessing forever.

2:10 Arise, and depart!
For this is not your resting place,
because of uncleanness that destroys,
even with a grievous destruction.

2:11 If a man walking in a spirit of falsehood lies:

“I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink;”
he would be the prophet of this people.

A promise of restoring Jacob.

2:12 I will surely assemble, Jacob, all of you;
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel;
I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah,
as a flock in the midst of their pasture;
they will swarm with people.

2:13 He who breaks open the way goes up before them.
They break through the gate, and go out.
And their king passes on before them,
with Yahweh at their head.

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