Bible: Micah 6:1-9

The Lord Demands Justice, not Ritual

6:1 Listen to what the Lord says:

“Get up! Defend yourself 1  before the mountains! 2 

Present your case before the hills! 3 

6:2 Hear the Lord’s accusation, you mountains,

you enduring foundations of the earth!

For the Lord has a case against his people;

he has a dispute with Israel! 4 

6:3My people, how have I wronged you? 5 

How have I wearied you? Answer me!

6:4 In fact, I brought you up from the land of Egypt,

I delivered you from that place of slavery.

I sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam to lead you. 6 

6:5 My people, recall how King Balak of Moab planned to harm you, 7 

how Balaam son of Beor responded to him.

Recall how you journeyed from Shittim to Gilgal,

so you might acknowledge that the Lord has treated you fairly.” 8 

6:6 With what should I 9  enter the Lord’s presence?

With what 10  should I bow before the sovereign God? 11 

Should I enter his presence with burnt offerings,

with year-old calves?

6:7 Will the Lord accept a thousand rams,

or ten thousand streams of olive oil?

Should I give him my firstborn child as payment for my rebellion,

my offspring – my own flesh and blood – for my sin? 12 

6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good,

and what the Lord really wants from you: 13 

He wants you to 14  promote 15  justice, to be faithful, 16 

and to live obediently before 17  your God.

6:9 Listen! The Lord is calling 18  to the city!

It is wise to respect your authority, O Lord! 19 

Listen, O nation, and those assembled in the city! 20 

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