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MICAH 2

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Woe to the Oppressors
2:1
Woe to those who devise wickedness
and work evil on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it,
because it is in the power of their hand.
2
They covet fields and seize them,
and houses, and take them away;
they oppress a man and his house,
a man and his inheritance.
3
Therefore thus says the Lord:
behold, against this family I am devising disaster,
from which you cannot remove your necks,
and you shall not walk haughtily,
for it will be a time of disaster.
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.

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