“For (A)you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be (B)a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth.

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15 Yet (A)the Lord set his heart in love on your fathers and chose their offspring after them, you above all peoples, as you are this day.

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19 He declares his word to Jacob,
    his (A)statutes and rules[a] to Israel.
20 He (B)has not dealt thus with any other nation;
    they do not know his rules.[b]
(C)Praise the Lord!

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 147:19 Or and just decrees
  2. Psalm 147:20 Or his just decrees

(A)I know Ephraim,
    and Israel is not hidden from me;
for now, O Ephraim, you have played the whore;
    Israel is defiled.

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(A)It was I who knew you in the wilderness,
    in the land of drought;

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Therefore thus says the Lord:
behold, against (A)this family I am devising disaster,[a]
    from which you cannot remove your necks,
and you (B)shall not walk haughtily,
    (C)for it will be a time of disaster.

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 2:3 The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context

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