Israel’s Moral Decline1 How sad for me!
For I am like one who –
when the summer fruit has been gathered
after the gleaning of the grape harvest a –
finds no grape cluster to eat,
no early fig, which I crave. b
2 Godly people have vanished from the land; c
there is no one upright among the people. d
All of them wait in ambush to shed blood; e
they hunt each other with a net. f
3 Both hands are good g at accomplishing evil:
the official and the judge demand a bribe; h
when the powerful man communicates his evil desire,
they plot it together.
4 The best of them is like a brier; i
the most upright is worse than a hedge of thorns. j
The day of your watchmen,
the day of your punishment, is coming; k
at this time their panic is here. l
5 Do not rely on a friend; m
don’t trust in a close companion.
Seal your mouth
from the woman who lies in your arms.
6 Surely a son considers his father a fool n
a daughter opposes her mother,
and a daughter-in-law is against her mother-in-law;
a man’s enemies are the men of his own household.
7 But I will look to the Lord; o
I will wait for the God of my salvation. p
My God will hear me. q
Zion’s Vindication8 Do not rejoice over me, r my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I will stand up; s
though I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be my light. t
9 Because I have sinned against Him,
I must endure the Lord’s rage
until He argues my case u
and establishes justice for me. v
He will bring me into the light; w
I will see His salvation. ▼
▼Or righteousness, y
10 Then my enemy will see,
and she will be covered with shame,
the one who said to me,
“Where is the Lord your God?” z
My eyes will look at her in triumph;
at that time she will be trampled
like mud in the streets. aa
11 A day will come for rebuilding your walls; ab
on that day your boundary will be extended. ac
12 On that day people will come to you ad
from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
even from Egypt to the Euphrates River
and from sea to sea
and mountain to mountain.
13 Then the earth will become a wasteland ae
because of its inhabitants
and as a result of their actions. af
Micah’s Prayer Answered14 Shepherd Your people ag with Your staff ah
the flock that is Your possession.
They live alone ai in a woodland
surrounded by pastures.
Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead aj
as in ancient times. ak
15 I will perform miracles for them ▼
as in the days of your exodus
from the land of Egypt. am
16 Nations will see and be ashamed
▼Or ashamed in spite ofall their power.
They will put their hands over their mouths ao
and their ears will become deaf.
17 They will lick the dust like a snake; ap
they will come trembling out of their hiding places aq
like reptiles slithering on the ground. ar
They will tremble in the presence of ▼
▼Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.Yahweh our God; at
they will stand in awe of You.
18 Who is a God like You, au
removing iniquity and passing over rebellion av
for the remnant of His inheritance? aw
He does not hold on to His anger forever ax
because He delights in faithful love. ay
19 He will again have compassion on us;
He will vanquish our iniquities. az
You will cast all our ▼
▼Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg; other Hb mss read theirsins
into the depths of the sea. bb
20 You will show loyalty to Jacob bc
and faithful love to Abraham,
as You swore to our fathers bd
from days long ago.
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