Micah - Chapter 2 | American Standard Version

  • 1. Woe to them that devise iniquity and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.
  • 2. And they covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away: and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
  • 3. Therefore thus saith Jehovah: Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks, neither shall ye walk haughtily; for it is an evil time.
  • 4. In that day shall they take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, {cf15i and} say, We are utterly ruined: he changeth the portion of my people: how doth he remove {cf15i it} from me! to the rebellious he divideth our fields.
  • 5. Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast the line by lot in the assembly of Jehovah.
  • 6. Prophesy ye not, {cf15i thus} they prophesy. They shall not prophesy to these: reproaches shall not depart.
  • 7. Shall it be said, O house of Jacob, Is the Spirit of Jehovah straitened? are these his doings? Do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
  • 8. But of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye strip the robe from off the garment from them that pass by securely {cf15i as men} averse from war.
  • 9. The women of my people ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their young children ye take away my glory for ever.
  • 10. Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your resting-place; because of uncleanness that destroyeth, even with a grievous destruction.
  • 11. If a man walking in a spirit of falsehood do lie, {cf15i saying}, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
  • 12. I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as a flock in the midst of their pasture; they shall make great noise by reason of {cf15i the multitude of} men.
  • 13. The breaker is gone up before them: they have broken forth and passed on to the gate, and are gone out thereat; and their king is passed on before them, and Jehovah at the head of them.