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Micah 7 International Standard Version (ISV)

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
International Standard Version (ISV)

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Micah 7 New International Version (NIV)

Israel’s Misery

What misery is mine!
I am like one who gathers summer fruit
    at the gleaning of the vineyard;
there is no cluster of grapes to eat,
    none of the early figs that I crave.
The faithful have been swept from the land;
    not one upright person remains.
Everyone lies in wait to shed blood;
    they hunt each other with nets.
Both hands are skilled in doing evil;
    the ruler demands gifts,
the judge accepts bribes,
    the powerful dictate what they desire—
    they all conspire together.
The best of them is like a brier,
    the most upright worse than a thorn hedge.
The day God visits you has come,
    the day your watchmen sound the alarm.
    Now is the time of your confusion.
Do not trust a neighbor;
    put no confidence in a friend.
Even with the woman who lies in your embrace
    guard the words of your lips.
For a son dishonors his father,
    a daughter rises up against her mother,
a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—
    a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.

But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
    I wait for God my Savior;
    my God will hear me.

Israel Will Rise

Do not gloat over me, my enemy!
    Though I have fallen, I will rise.
Though I sit in darkness,
    the Lord will be my light.
Because I have sinned against him,
    I will bear the Lord’s wrath,
until he pleads my case
    and upholds my cause.
He will bring me out into the light;
    I will see his righteousness.
10 Then my enemy will see it
    and will be covered with shame,
she who said to me,
    “Where is the Lord your God?”
My eyes will see her downfall;
    even now she will be trampled underfoot
    like mire in the streets.

11 The day for building your walls will come,
    the day for extending your boundaries.
12 In that day people will come to you
    from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
even from Egypt to the Euphrates
    and from sea to sea
    and from mountain to mountain.
13 The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants,
    as the result of their deeds.

Prayer and Praise

14 Shepherd your people with your staff,
    the flock of your inheritance,
which lives by itself in a forest,
    in fertile pasturelands.[a]
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead
    as in days long ago.

15 “As in the days when you came out of Egypt,
    I will show them my wonders.

16 Nations will see and be ashamed,
    deprived of all their power.
They will put their hands over their mouths
    and their ears will become deaf.
17 They will lick dust like a snake,
    like creatures that crawl on the ground.
They will come trembling out of their dens;
    they will turn in fear to the Lord our God
    and will be afraid of you.
18 Who is a God like you,
    who pardons sin and forgives the transgression
    of the remnant of his inheritance?
You do not stay angry forever
    but delight to show mercy.
19 You will again have compassion on us;
    you will tread our sins underfoot
    and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
20 You will be faithful to Jacob,
    and show love to Abraham,
as you pledged on oath to our ancestors
    in days long ago.


  1. Micah 7:14 Or in the middle of Carmel
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