Micah Chapter 7 |
1Woe is me!
I am become like leavings of a fig harvest,
Like gleanings when the vintage is over,
There is not a cluster to eat,
Not a ripe fig I could desire.
2The pious are vanished from the land,
None upright are left among men;
All lie in wait to commit crimes,
One traps the other in his net.
3They are eager to do evil:
The magistrate makes demands,
And the judge [judges] for a fee;
The rich man makes his crooked plea,
And they grant it.
4The best of them is like a prickly shrub;
The [most] upright, worse than a barrier of thorns.
On the day you waited for, your doom has come—
Now their confusion shall come to pass.
5Trust no friend,
Rely on no intimate;
Be guarded in speech
With her who lies in your bosom.
6For son spurns father,
Daughter rises up against mother,
Daughter-in-law against mother-in-law—
A man’s own household
Are his enemies.
7Yet I will look to the Lord,
I will wait for the God who saves me,
My God will hear me.
8Do not rejoice over me,
O my enemy!
Though I have fallen, I rise again;
Though I sit in darkness, the Lord is my light.
9I must bear the anger of the Lord,
Since I have sinned against Him,
Until He champions my cause
And upholds my claim.
He will let me out into the light;
I will enjoy vindication by Him.
10When my enemy sees it,
She shall be covered with shame,
She who taunts me with “Where is He,
The Lord your God?”
My eyes shall behold her [downfall];
Lo, she shall be for trampling
Like mud in the streets.
11A day for mending your walls—
That is a far-off day.
12This is rather a day when to you
[Tramplers] will come streaming
From Assyria and the towns of Egypt—
From [every land from] Egypt to the Euphrates,
From sea to sea and from mountain to mountain—
13And your land shall become a desolation—
Because of those who dwell in it—
As the fruit of their misdeeds.
14Oh, shepherd Your people with Your staff,
Your very own flock.
May they who dwell isolated
In a woodland surrounded by farmland
Graze Bashan and Gilead
As in olden days.
15I will show him wondrous deeds
As in the days when You sallied forth from the land of Egypt.
16Let nations behold and be ashamed
Despite all their might;
Let them put hand to mouth;
Let their ears be deafened!
17Let them lick dust like snakes,
Like crawling things on the ground!
Let them come trembling out of their strongholds
To the Lord our God;
Let them fear and dread You!
18Who is a God like You,
And remitting transgression;
Who has not maintained His wrath forever
Against the remnant of His own people,
Because He loves graciousness!
19He will take us back in love;
He will cover up our iniquities,
You will hurl all our sins
Into the depths of the sea.
20You will keep faith with Jacob,
Loyalty to Abraham,
As You promised on oath to our fathers
In days gone by.