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The Evil Behavior of the People

Poor me!
I feel like those who harvest summer fruit,
        or like those who pick grapes—
there are no clusters to eat
    or any fresh fruit that I want.
The faithful have died off,
    and there is not one upright human being in the land.
They all stalk one another[a] with lethal intent,
    a man will even hunt his own brother with a net.
And speaking of evil,
    they practice it eagerly—with both hands!
Both leader and judge demand a bribe,
    the famous confess their perverted desires,
        and they scheme together.
The best of them is like a thorn,
    and their most upright like a hedge of thorns.
The day announced by[b] your watchmen—
    and by your own calculations—approaches.
        Now it’s your time to be[c] confused!

Don’t trust your friends,
    don’t confide in a companion,
        watch what you say to your wife.[d]
The son disrespects his father,
    the daughter rebels against her mother,
the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law,
    and a man’s enemies are the people of his own house.[e]

Micah Looks to God

But as for me, I will look to the Lord;
    I will wait for the God who will deliver me.
        My God will hear me.
Don’t be glad on my account, my enemy.
    When I fall, I’ll get up.
Though I sit in darkness,
    the Lord is a light for me.
I will endure the Lord’s anger—
    since I have sinned against him—
until he takes over my defense,
    administers justice on my behalf,
and brings me out to the light,
    where I will gaze on his righteousness.
10 Then my enemy will observe it,
    and shame will engulf the ones[f] who asked me,
        ‘Where is the Lord your God?’
My own eyes will see them,[g]
    they[h] will be trampled on like mud in the streets.

A Word of Restoration

11 When the time comes[i] for rebuilding your walls,
    that time[j] will surely be extended.[k]
12 At that time[l] armies[m] will invade you from Assyria,
    from Egyptian cities to the Euphrates[n] River,
from sea to sea
    and from mountain to mountain.
13 The land will become desolate
    because of its inhabitants,
        and as a result of their behavior.

14 Use your rod to shepherd your people,
    the flock that belongs to you,
        that lives alone in the forest of Carmel.
Let them find pasture in Bashan and Gilead,
    as they did long ago.
15 As I did when[o] you came out of the land of Egypt,
    I will show you[p] awesome things.
16 The nations will look on
    and will be ashamed in spite of all their power;
they will cup their hands over their mouths,
    and their ears will be deaf.
17 They will lick the dust like a serpent;
    they will crawl from their strongholds like snakes.
They will fear the Lord our God.
    They will be terrified because of you.

Who is like God?

18 Is there any God like you,
    forgiving iniquity,
        passing over transgressions by the survivors who are your[q] heritage?[r]

He is not angry forever,
    because he delights in gracious love.
19 He will again show us compassion;
    he will subdue our iniquities.

You will hurl all their sins into the deepest sea.
20 You will remain true to Jacob,
    and merciful to Abraham,
as you promised our ancestors long ago.


  1. Micah 7:2 The Heb. lacks one another
  2. Micah 7:4 Lit. day of
  3. Micah 7:4 The Heb. lacks time to be
  4. Micah 7:5 Lit. her who lies near your bosom
  5. Micah 7:6 Cf. Matt 10:34-36
  6. Micah 7:10 Lit. will bury her
  7. Micah 7:10 Lit. her
  8. Micah 7:10 Lit. she
  9. Micah 7:11 Lit. In the day
  10. Micah 7:11 Lit. in the day
  11. Micah 7:11 Or that day the decree will be removed far away
  12. Micah 7:12 Lit. At that day
  13. Micah 7:12 Lit. they
  14. Micah 7:12 The Heb. lacks Euphrates
  15. Micah 7:15 Lit. As in the days
  16. Micah 7:15 Lit. him
  17. Micah 7:18 Lit. his
  18. Micah 7:18 I.e. God’s people