26 The poor will eat(A) and be satisfied;
    those who seek the Lord will praise him—(B)
    may your hearts live forever!

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God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire, but God does not grant them the ability to enjoy them,(A) and strangers enjoy them instead. This is meaningless, a grievous evil.(B)

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But I said, “I have labored in vain;(A)
    I have spent my strength for nothing at all.
Yet what is due me is in the Lord’s hand,(B)
    and my reward(C) is with my God.”(D)

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13 They will sow wheat but reap thorns;
    they will wear themselves out but gain nothing.(A)
They will bear the shame of their harvest
    because of the Lord’s fierce anger.”(B)

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10 “They will eat but not have enough;(A)
    they will engage in prostitution(B) but not flourish,
because they have deserted(C) the Lord
    to give themselves

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“They sow the wind
    and reap the whirlwind.(A)
The stalk has no head;
    it will produce no flour.(B)
Were it to yield grain,
    foreigners would swallow it up.(C)

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14 You will eat but not be satisfied;(A)
    your stomach will still be empty.[a]
You will store up but save nothing,(B)
    because what you save[b] I will give to the sword.

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 6:14 The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  2. Micah 6:14 Or You will press toward birth but not give birth, / and what you bring to birth

You have planted much, but harvested little.(A) You eat, but never have enough.(B) You drink, but never have your fill.(C) You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages,(D) only to put them in a purse with holes in it.”

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