Guess Who's Ticked!?
2 Hear, you peoples, all of you; listen, O earth, and all
that is in it; and let the Lord GOD be a witness against you,
the Lord from his holy temple. [â¦] 2:1 Alas
for those who devise wickedness and evil deeds on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in their
power. 2 They covet fields, and seize them; houses, and take them
away; they oppress householder and house, people and their inheritance.
3 Therefore thus says the LORD: Now, I am devising against this
family an evil from which you cannot remove your necks; and you
shall not walk haughtily, for it will be an evil time. 4 On that
day they shall take up a taunt song against you, and wail with
bitter lamentation, and say, "We are utterly ruined; the
LORD alters the inheritance of my people; how he removes it from
me! Among our captors he parcels out our fields." 5 Therefore
you will have no one to cast the line by lot in the assembly of
the LORD. 6 "Do not preach"--thus they preach-- "one
should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us."
7 Should this be said, O house of Jacob? Is the Lord's patience
exhausted? Are these his doings? Do not my words do good to one
who walks uprightly? 8 But you rise up against my people as an
enemy; you strip the robe from the peaceful, from those who pass
by trustingly with no thought of war. 9 The women of my people
you drive out from their pleasant houses; from their young children
you take away my glory forever. 10 Arise and go; for this is no
place to rest, because of uncleanness that destroys with a grievous
The Bad News Is ...
Micah's oracles were intended mostly for Jerusalem (the Southern
kingdom of Judah) probably before and just after the fall of Israel
(the Northern kingdom) to the Assyrians. Micah often refers to
Judah in broader terms as Israel (or Jacob) and is more concerned
about the mosaic covenant with God than the davidic one. This
passage is about as straight-forward as it gets - Micah is telling
Jerusalem in no uncertain terms that it is socially corrupt and
God is not happy about it. There's not much symbolism or cryptic
speech, it's basically a wake-up call where Micah is trying to
tell Jerusalem that they are not living right and they are not
invincible ... what is happening to the North can (and probably
will) happen to them. Remember, in a court of law, some witnesses
are better than others.
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