One Year Chronological Bible Sampler - Flipbook - Page 98
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Sorrow and mourning will disappear,
and they will be filled with joy and gladness.
Micah’s prophecies following chapter 1 were probably written shortly before Assyria invaded Judah, around
Judgment against Wealthy Oppressors / Micah 2:1-5
What sorrow awaits you who lie awake at night,
thinking up evil plans.
You rise at dawn and hurry to carry them out,
simply because you have the power to do so.
When you want a piece of land,
you find a way to seize it.
When you want someone’s house,
you take it by fraud and violence.
You cheat a man of his property,
stealing his family’s inheritance.
But this is what the LORD says:
“I will reward your evil with evil;
you won’t be able to pull your neck out of the noose.
You will no longer walk around proudly,
for it will be a terrible time.”
In that day your enemies will make fun of you
by singing this song of despair about you:
“We are finished,
God has confiscated our land,
taking it from us.
He has given our fields
to those who betrayed us.*”
Others will set your boundaries then,
and the LORD’s people will have no say
in how the land is divided.
True and False Prophets / Micah 2:6-11
“Don’t say such things,”
the people respond.*
“Don’t prophesy like that.
Such disasters will never come our way!”
Should you talk that way, O family of Israel?*
Will the LORD’s Spirit have patience with such behavior?
If you would do what is right,
you would find my words comforting.
Yet to this very hour
my people rise against me like an enemy!
You steal the shirts right off the backs
2:4 Or to those who took us captive.
Jacob? See note on 1:5a.
2:6 Or the prophets respond; Hebrew reads they prophesy.
2:7 Hebrew O house of