Micah 21 Woe to them that devise iniquity, And contrive evil upon their beds; When the morning is light, they practise it, Because it is in the power of their hand. 2 They covet fields, and take them by violence; Houses, and take them from their owners. They defraud a man of his house; Yea, a man of his inheritance. 3 Therefore, thus saith Jehovah: Behold, against this race do I meditate evil. From which ye shall not remove your necks, nor lift up your heads; For it shall be a time of evil. 4 In that day shall this song be uttered concerning thee. And this sad lamentation be made: "We are utterly laid waste; He hath changed the portion of my people; How hath he torn it from me! He hath taken away and distributed our fields." 5 Behold, thou shalt have no one henceforth Who shall draw out a line for a portion, In the congregation of Jehovah. 6 "Prophesy not," [say they,] "O ye that prophesy!" If they prophesy not concerning these things, The shame will not depart. 7 O ye that are called the house of Jacob, Is the spirit of Jehovah impatient? Are these his doings? Are not my words kind to him that walketh uprightly? 8 But long since hath my people risen against me, as an enemy; Ye strip the mantle from the garment of those that pass by securely, as men returning from war. 9 The women of my people ye cast out from their pleasant abodes; Ye deprive their children forever of the glory which I gave them. 10 Arise and depart; This land is not your rest! On account of its pollution shall it be wasted, And given to utter destruction. 11 If a man follow wind, and invent falsehood, and say, "I will prophesy to thee of wine and strong drink!" He will be the prophet for this people. 12 Yet will I fully gather thee, O Jacob, I will surely assemble the residue of Israel! I will put them together like sheep in a fold; Like a flock in their fold shall they be in a tumult on account of the multitude of men. 13 He that forceth a way goeth before them; They force their way, and pass through the gate, And go forth by it; And their king goeth before them, Even Jehovah at the head of them.
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