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Micah 1

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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. […] 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 destruction.

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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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