Woe to the Oppressors

Micah 2

1 Woe to those who devise iniquity,
And 1 work out evil on their beds!
At a morning light they practice it,
Because it is in the power of their hand.
2 They b covet fields and take them by violence,
Also houses, and seize them.
So they oppress a man and his house,
A man and his inheritance.
3 Therefore thus says the LORD:
"Behold, against this c family I am devising d disaster,
From which you cannot remove your necks;
Nor shall you walk haughtily,
For this is an evil time.
4 In that day one shall take up a proverb against you,
And e lament with a bitter lamentation, saying:
'We are utterly destroyed!
He has changed the 2 heritage of my people;
How He has removed it from me!
To 3 a turncoat He has divided our fields.' "
5 Therefore you will have no 4 one to determine boundaries by lot
In the assembly of the LORD.

6 "Do not prattle," you say to those who 5 prophesy.
So they shall not prophesy 6 to you;
7 They shall not return insult for insult.
7 You who are named the house of Jacob:
"Is the Spirit of the LORD restricted?
Are these His doings?
Do not My words do good
To him who walks uprightly?
8 "Lately My people have risen up as an enemy -
You pull off the robe with the garment
From those who trust you, as they pass by,
Like men returned from war.
9 The women of My people you cast out
From their pleasant houses;
From their children
You have taken away My glory forever.
10 "Arise and depart,
For this is not your f rest;
Because it is g defiled, it shall destroy,
Yes, with utter destruction.
11 If a man should walk in a false spirit
And speak a lie, saying,
'I will 8 prophesy to you 9 of wine and drink,'
Even he would be the h prattler of this people.
12 "I i will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob,
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel;
I will put them together j like sheep of 10 the fold,
Like a flock in the midst of their pasture;
k They shall make a loud noise because of so many people.
13 The one who breaks open will come up before them;
They will break out,
Pass through the gate,
And go out by it;
l Their king will pass before them,
m With the LORD at their head."

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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