Bible: Micah 7

Micah Laments Judah’s Sin

7:1 I am depressed! 1 

Indeed, 2  it is as if the summer fruit has been gathered,

and the grapes have been harvested. 3 

There is no grape cluster to eat,

no fresh figs that I crave so much. 4 

7:2 Faithful men have disappeared 5  from the land;

there are no godly men left. 6 

They all wait in ambush so they can shed blood; 7 

they hunt their own brother with a net. 8 

7:3 They are determined to be experts at doing evil; 9 

government officials and judges take bribes, 10 

prominent men make demands,

and they all do what is necessary to satisfy them. 11 

7:4 The best of them is like a thorn;

the most godly among them are more dangerous than a row of thorn bushes. 12 

The day you try to avoid by posting watchmen

your appointed time of punishment – is on the way, 13 

and then you will experience confusion. 14 

7:5 Do not rely on a friend;

do not trust a companion!

Don’t even share secrets with the one who lies in your arms! 15 

7:6 For a son thinks his father is a fool,

a daughter challenges 16  her mother,

and a daughter-in-law her mother-in-law;

a man’s enemies are his own servants. 17 

7:7 But I will keep watching for the Lord;

I will wait for the God who delivers me.

My God will hear my lament. 18 

Jerusalem Will Be Vindicated

7:8 My enemies, 19  do not gloat 20  over me!

Though I have fallen, I will get up.

Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light. 21 

7:9 I must endure 22  the Lord’s anger,

for I have sinned against him.

But then 23  he will defend my cause, 24 

and accomplish justice on my behalf.

He will lead me out into the light;

I will experience firsthand 25  his deliverance. 26 

7:10 When my enemies see this, they will be covered with shame.

They say 27  to me, “Where is the Lord your God?”

I will gloat over them. 28 

Then they will be trampled down 29 

like mud in the streets.

7:11 It will be a day for rebuilding your walls;

in that day your boundary will be extended. 30 

A Closing Prayer

7:12 In that day people 31  will come to you 32 

from Assyria as far as 33  Egypt,

from Egypt as far as the Euphrates River, 34 

from the seacoasts 35  and the mountains. 36 

7:13 The earth will become desolate 37 

because of what its inhabitants have done. 38 

7:14 Shepherd your people with your shepherd’s rod, 39 

the flock that belongs to you, 40 

the one that lives alone in a thicket,

in the midst of a pastureland. 41 

Allow them to graze in Bashan and Gilead, 42 

as they did in the old days. 43 

7:15As in the days when you departed from the land of Egypt,

I will show you 44  miraculous deeds.” 45 

7:16 Nations will see this and be disappointed by 46  all their strength,

they will put their hands over their mouths,

and act as if they were deaf. 47 

7:17 They will lick the dust like a snake,

like serpents crawling on the ground. 48 

They will come trembling from their strongholds

to the Lord our God; 49 

they will be terrified 50  of you. 51 

7:18 There is no other God like you! 52 

You 53  forgive sin

and pardon 54  the rebellion

of those who remain among your people. 55 

You do not remain angry forever, 56 

but delight in showing loyal love.

7:19 You will once again 57  have mercy on us;

you will conquer 58  our evil deeds;

you will hurl our 59  sins into the depths of the sea. 60 

7:20 You will be loyal to Jacob

and extend your loyal love to Abraham, 61 

which you promised on oath to our ancestors 62 

in ancient times. 63 

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