2 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 [a]with a doleful lamentation, and say, We are utterly ruined: he changeth the portion of my people: how doth he [b]remove 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 [c]Prophesy ye not, thus they prophesy. They shall not prophesy [d]to these: reproaches shall not depart. 7 [e]Shall it be said, O house of Jacob, Is the Spirit of Jehovah [f]straitened? are these his doings? Do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly? 8 But [g]of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye strip the robe from off the garment from them that pass by securely 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 [h]in a spirit of falsehood do lie, 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 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.
- Micah 2:4 Or, with the lamentation, It is done; and say etc.
- Micah 2:4 Or, depart from
- Micah 2:6 Or, Prophesy ye not, they are ever prophesying, say they; Hebrew Drop etc. See Am. 7:16.
- Micah 2:6 Or, of these things: their reproaches never cease
- Micah 2:7 Or, O thou that art named the house of Jacob
- Micah 2:7 Or, impatient Hebrew shortened.
- Micah 2:8 Hebrew yesterday.
- Micah 2:11 Or, in wind and falsehood