Micah 7:1-11Common English Bible (CEB)
The prophet laments
7 I’m doomed!
I’ve become like one who,
even after the summer fruit has been gathered,
after the ripened fruits have been collected,
has no cluster of grapes to eat,
no ripe fig that I might desire.
2 Faithful ones have perished from the land;
there is no righteous one among humanity.
All of them lie in wait for bloodshed;
they hunt each other with nets.
3 Their hands are skilled at doing evil.
Official and judge alike ask for a bribe;
the powerful speak however they like;
this is how they conspire.
4 The good among them are like a briar;
those who do the right thing are like a thorny thicket.
(A day for your lookouts!
Your punishment has arrived.
The confusion of the wicked is nearby.)
5 Don’t rely on a friend;
put no trust in a companion;
guard the doors of your mouth from her who lies in your embrace.
6 Son disrespects father;
a daughter rises up against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
the enemies of a man are those of his own household.
7 But me! I will keep watch for the Lord;
I will wait for the God of my salvation;
my God will hear me.
8 Do not rejoice over me, my enemy,
because when I fall, I will rise;
if I sit in darkness, the Lord is my light.
9 I must bear the raging of the Lord,
for I have sinned against him,
until he decides my case and provides justice for me.
He will bring me out into the light;
I will see by means of his righteousness.
10 Then my enemy will see;
shame will cover her who said to me:
“Where is the Lord your God?”
My eyes will see her ruin;
now she will become something to be trampled,
like mud in the streets.
Micah responds to Zion
11 A day for the building of your walls!
On that day, the boundary will be distant.