2 ·How terrible it will be for people [L Woe to those] who plan wickedness, who lie on their beds and make evil plans. When the morning light comes, they do what they planned, because they have the power to do so. 2 They ·want [covet] fields, so they take them; they ·want [covet] houses, so they ·take them away [seize them]. They ·cheat [defraud; oppress] people to get their houses; they rob them even of their ·property [inheritance].
3 That is why the Lord says:
“Look, I am planning ·trouble [disaster] against such people, ·and you won’t be able to save yourselves [L from which you cannot remove your necks; C like a yoke]. You will no longer walk ·proudly [arrogantly], because it will be a ·terrible time [time of calamity/catastrophe/evil]. 4 ·At that time [L In that day] people will ·make fun of [ridicule; sing a taunt against] you and ·sing this sad song [L lament with a lamentation] about you: ‘We are completely ·ruined [destroyed]; the Lord has taken away my people’s ·land [possession; inheritance]. Yes, he has taken it away from me and divided our fields among ·our enemies [renegades; or the traitors]!’” 5 So you will have no one from the Lord’s ·people [assembly] to throw lots to divide the land.
Micah Is Asked Not to Prophesy
6 The ·prophets [or preachers] say, “Don’t ·prophesy [or preach] to us! Don’t ·prophesy [preach] about these things! ·Nothing to make us feel bad will happen [L Disgrace/Humiliation will not overtake us]!” 7 But I must say this, ·people [L house] of Jacob: ·The Lord is becoming angry [or Does not the Lord grow impatient…?] about what you have done. ·My words are welcome [or Are not my words good…?] to the person who ·does what is right [L walks uprightly]. 8 But ·you are fighting against my people like an enemy [or my people have risen up against me as an enemy]. You ·take the coats [strip off the rich robe] from people who pass by peacefully; ·you plan war [or …like men returning from war]. 9 You have ·forced [cast out; evicted] the women of my people from their ·nice [pleasant] houses; you have taken my glory from their children forever. 10 ·Get up [Arise] and leave. This is not your place of rest anymore. You have made this place ·unclean [defiled], and it is doomed to destruction. 11 ·But you people want a false prophet who will tell you nothing but lies [L If a man, coming as wind/spirit and lies, should lie to you…]. You want one who ·promises to prophesy good things for you if you give him wine and beer [or will prophesy wine and beer for you]. He’s just the prophet for you.
The Lord Promises to Rescue His People
12 “Yes, ·people of Jacob [L Jacob], I will ·bring [assemble] all of you together; I will bring together ·all those left alive in [the remnant of] Israel. I will put them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture; the place will be filled with ·many people [or a noisy crowd]. 13 Someone will ·open the way [break out] and ·lead the people out [L go up before them]. The people will break through the gate and ·leave the city where they were held captive [L go out]. Their king will ·go out in front of [pass through before] them, and the Lord will lead them.”
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