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Woe unto thee, ye “Israel” !

Micah 2: 1-4

Woe to those who plan iniquity,

to those who PLOT EVIL on their beds!

 

At morning’s light they carry it out

because it is in their power to do it.

 

They covet fields and seize them,

and houses, and take them.

They defraud people of their homes,

they rob them of their inheritance.

 

Therefore, the Lord says:

“I am planning disaster against this people,

from which you cannot save yourselves.

You will no longer walk proudly,

for it will be a time of calamity.

 

In that day people will ridicule you;

 

they will taunt you with this mournful song:

 

‘We are utterly ruined;


You drive the women of my people

 

from their pleasant homes.

 

You take away my blessing

 

from their children forever.

 

 

Get up, go away!

 

For this is not your resting place,

 

because it is defiled,

 

it is ruined, beyond all remedy.

 

 

Micah 3

Listen, you leaders of Jacob,

 

you rulers of Israel.

 

Should you not embrace justice,

 

you who hate good and love evil;

 

who tear the skin from my people

 

and the flesh from their bones;

 

 

who eat my people’s flesh,

 

strip off their skin

 

 

and break their bones in pieces;

 

who chop them up like meat for the pan,

 

like flesh for the pot?”

 

 

Then they will cry out to the Lord,

 

but he will not answer them.

 

At that time he will hide his face from them

 

because of the evil they have done.

 

 

Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,

 

you rulers of Israel,

 

who despise justice

 

and distort all that is right;

 

who build Zion with bloodshed,

 

and Jerusalem with wickedness.

 

Her leaders judge for a bribe,

 

her priests teach for a price,

 

and her prophets tell fortunes for money.

 

Yet they look for the Lord’s support and say,

 

“Is not the Lord among us?

 

No disaster will come upon us.”

 

 

Therefore because of you,

 

Zion will be plowed like a field,

 

Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,

 

the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.