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Land Robbers Will Lose Their Land

Beware wicked schemers,[a]
those who devise calamity as they lie in bed.[b]
As soon as morning dawns they carry out their plans,[c]
because they have the power to do so.
They confiscate the fields they desire
and seize the houses they want.[d]
They defraud people of their homes[e]
and deprive people of the land they have inherited.[f]

Therefore the Lord says this:

“Look, I am devising disaster for this nation![g]
It will be like a yoke from which you cannot free your neck.[h]
You will no longer[i] walk proudly,
for it will be a time of catastrophe.

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  1. Micah 2:1 tn Heb “those who think up evil.”
  2. Micah 2:1 tn Heb “upon their beds.”
  3. Micah 2:1 tn Heb “at the light of morning they do it.”
  4. Micah 2:2 tn Heb “they desire fields and rob [them], and houses and take [them] away.”
  5. Micah 2:2 tn Heb “and they oppress a man and his home.”
  6. Micah 2:2 tn Heb “and a man and his inheritance.” The verb עָשַׁק (ʿashaq, “to oppress”; “to wrong”) does double duty in the parallel structure and is understood by ellipsis in the second line.
  7. Micah 2:3 tn Heb “clan” or “extended family.”
  8. Micah 2:3 tn Heb “from which you will not remove your neck.” The words “It will be like a yoke” are supplied in the translation for clarification.
  9. Micah 2:3 tn Or “you will not.”

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