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Micah

The LORD's case against Israel.  Mic.6.1-5

1Hear what Yahweh says:
Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear your voice.
2Hear, you mountains, the controversy of Yahweh,
and you enduring foundations of the earth;
for Yahweh has a controversy with his people,
and he will contend with Israel.

3"O my people, what have I done to you?
In what have I wearied you?
Answer me!
4For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
and redeemed you from the house of bondage;
and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised,
and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him,
and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the saving acts of Yahweh."

What the LORD requires.  Mic.6.6-16

6"With what shall I come before Yahweh,
and bow myself before God on high?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
7Will Yahweh be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my first-born for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?"
8He has showed you, O man, what is good;
and what does Yahweh require of you
but to do justice,
and to love kindness,
and to walk humbly with your God?

9The voice of Yahweh cries to the city -
and it is sound wisdom to fear your name:
"Hear, O tribe and assembly of the city!
10Can I forget the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked,
and the scant measure that is accursed?
11Shall I acquit the man with wicked scales
and with a bag of deceitful weights?
12Your rich men are full of violence;
your inhabitants speak lies,
and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
13Therefore I have begun to smite you,
making you desolate because of your sins.
14You shall eat, but not be satisfied,
and there shall be hunger in your inward parts;
you shall put away, but not save,
and what you save I will give to the sword.
15You shall sow, but not reap;
you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;
you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.
16For you have kept the statutes of Omri,
and all the works of the house of Ahab;
and you have walked in their counsels;
that I may make you a desolation,
and your inhabitants a hissing;
so you shall bear the scorn of the peoples."


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