Micah 2:3
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New International Version
Therefore, the LORD says: "I am planning disaster against this people, from which you cannot save yourselves. You will no longer walk proudly, for it will be a time of calamity.

New Living Translation
But this is what the LORD says: "I will reward your evil with evil; you won't be able to pull your neck out of the noose. You will no longer walk around proudly, for it will be a terrible time."

English Standard Version
Therefore thus says the LORD: behold, against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks, and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be a time of disaster.

Berean Study Bible
Therefore, this is what the LORD says: “I am planning against this nation a disaster from which you cannot free your necks. Then you will not walk so proudly, for it will be a time of calamity.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore thus says the LORD, "Behold, I am planning against this family a calamity From which you cannot remove your necks; And you will not walk haughtily, For it will be an evil time.

King James Bible
Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, the LORD says: I am now planning a disaster against this nation; you cannot free your necks from it. Then you will not walk so proudly because it will be an evil time.

Contemporary English Version
But here is what the LORD says: "I am planning trouble for you. Your necks will be caught in a noose, and you will be disgraced in this time of disaster."

Good News Translation
And so the LORD says, "I am planning to bring disaster on you, and you will not be able to escape it. You are going to find yourselves in trouble, and then you will not walk so proudly any more.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, the LORD says: I am now planning a disaster against this nation; you cannot free your necks from it. Then you will not walk so proudly because it will be an evil time.

International Standard Version
"Therefore this is what the LORD says, 'I'm crafting evil against this family, from which you can't escape. You won't strut around arrogantly, because the times are evil.'

NET Bible
Therefore the LORD says this: "Look, I am devising disaster for this nation! It will be like a yoke from which you cannot free your neck. You will no longer walk proudly, for it will be a time of catastrophe.

New Heart English Bible
Therefore thus says the LORD: "Look, I am planning against these people a disaster, from which you will not remove your necks, neither will you walk haughtily; for it is an evil time.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So this is what the LORD says: I'm planning a disaster to punish your family. You won't be able to rescue yourselves. You will no longer be able to walk proudly. This will be a time of disaster.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Therefore thus saith the LORD: Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, From which ye shall not remove your necks, Neither shall ye walk upright; for it shall be an evil time.

New American Standard 1977
Therefore, thus says the LORD, “Behold, I am planning against this family a calamity From which you cannot remove your necks; And you will not walk haughtily, For it will be an evil time.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore thus hath the LORD said; Behold, I devise an evil against this family, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye walk haughtily; for the time shall be evil.

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore thus says the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise a disaster, from which you shall not remove your necks; neither shall you walk haughtily: for this time is evil.

American King James Version
Therefore thus said the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which you shall not remove your necks; neither shall you go haughtily: for this time is evil.

American Standard Version
Therefore thus saith Jehovah: Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks, neither shall ye walk haughtily; for it is an evil time.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore thus saith the Lord : Behold, I devise an evil against this family: from which you shall not withdraw your necks, and you shall not walk haughtily, for this is a very evil time.

Darby Bible Translation
Therefore thus saith Jehovah: Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye walk haughtily: for it is an evil time.

English Revised Version
Therefore thus saith the LORD: Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks, neither shall ye walk haughtily; for it is an evil time.

Webster's Bible Translation
Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.

World English Bible
Therefore thus says Yahweh: "Behold, I am planning against these people a disaster, from which you will not remove your necks, neither will you walk haughtily; for it is an evil time.

Young's Literal Translation
Therefore, thus said Jehovah: Lo, I am devising against this family evil, From which ye do not remove your necks, Nor walk loftily, for a time of evil it is.
Study Bible
Woe to the Oppressors
2They covet fields and seize them, and they take away houses. They deprive a man of his home, a fellow man of his inheritance. 3Therefore, this is what the LORD says: “I am planning against this nation a disaster from which you cannot free your necks. Then you will not walk so proudly, for it will be a time of calamity. 4In that day they will take up a taunt against you and wail this bitter lamentation: ‘We are utterly ruined; He has changed the portion of my people! How He has removed it from me; He has allotted our fields to traitors!’”…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 28:48
you will serve your enemies the LORD will send against you in famine, thirst, nakedness, and destitution. He will place an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you.

Isaiah 2:11
The proud look of man will be humbled, and the loftiness of men brought low; the LORD alone will be exalted in that day.

Isaiah 2:12
For the Day of the LORD of Hosts will come against all the proud and lofty, against all that is exalted--it will be humbled--

Jeremiah 8:3
And wherever I have banished them, the remnant of this evil family will choose death over life, declares the LORD of Hosts.

Jeremiah 18:11
Now therefore, tell the men of Judah and residents of Jerusalem that this is what the LORD says: 'Behold, I am planning a disaster for you and devising a plan against you. Turn now, each of you, from your evil ways, and correct your ways and deeds.'

Lamentations 1:14
My transgressions are bound into a yoke, knit together by His hand; they have come upon my neck, and the Lord has broken my strength. He has handed me over to those I cannot withstand.

Lamentations 5:5
We are closely pursued; we are weary and find no rest.

Amos 3:1
Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the entire clan that I brought up out of Egypt:

Amos 3:2
"You only have I known from all the clans of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

Amos 5:13
Therefore, the prudent keep silent in such times, for the days are evil.

Treasury of Scripture

Therefore thus said the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which you shall not remove your necks; neither shall you go haughtily: for this time is evil.

this family.

Jeremiah 8:3 And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of …

Amos 3:1,2 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel…

do.

Micah 2:1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil on their beds! when …

Jeremiah 18:11 Now therefore go to, speak to the men of Judah, and to the inhabitants …

Jeremiah 34:17 Therefore thus said the LORD; You have not listened to me, in proclaiming …

Lamentations 2:17 The LORD has done that which he had devised; he has fulfilled his …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

from.

Amos 2:14-16 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong …

Amos 9:1-4 I saw the LORD standing on the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel …

Zephaniah 1:17,18 And I will bring distress on men, that they shall walk like blind …

necks.

Jeremiah 27:12 I spoke also to Zedekiah king of Judah according to all these words, …

Lamentations 1:14 The yoke of my transgressions is bound by his hand: they are wreathed, …

Lamentations 5:5 Our necks are under persecution: we labor, and have no rest.

Romans 16:4 Who have for my life laid down their own necks: to whom not only …

go.

Isaiah 2:11,12 The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men …

Isaiah 3:16 Moreover the LORD said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, …

Isaiah 5:19 That say, Let him make speed, and hasten his work, that we may see …

Isaiah 28:14-18 Why hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, that rule this people …

Jeremiah 13:15-17 Hear you, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD has spoken…

Jeremiah 36:23 And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, …

Jeremiah 43:2 Then spoke Azariah the son of Hoshaiah, and Johanan the son of Kareah, …

Daniel 4:37 Now I Nebuchadnezzar praise and extol and honor the King of heaven, …

Daniel 5:20-23 But when his heart was lifted up, and his mind hardened in pride, …

for.

Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.

Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.

(3) I devise an evil.--As they devise evil against their brethren, so am I devising an evil against them: they shall bow their necks under a hostile yoke.

Verse 3. - The sin shall be followed by its appropriate punishment. As they devised evil, God will devise a penalty. This family. The whole people (Amos 3:1). An evil. A chastisement, a judgment (Amos 3:6). Ye. The prophet suddenly addresses them, the "family." Your necks. He speaks of the calamity as a heavy, galling yoke, from which they should be unable to free themselves (comp. Hosea 10:11). This yoke is their conquest and exile at the hands of foreigners (comp. Jeremiah 27:12). Haughtily. With head erect. Septuagint, ὀρθοί. Their pride shall be brought low. This time is evil; full of calamity, which is announced in the following verses. The words occur in Amos 5:13, but the evil there spoken of is moral (comp. Ephesians 5:16). Therefore thus saith the Lord, behold, against this family do I devise an evil,.... Because of those evils of covetousness, oppression, and injustice, secretly devised, and deliberately committed, the Lord, who neither slumbers nor sleeps, declares, and would have it observed, that he had devised an evil of punishment against the whole nation of Israel, the ten tribes particularly, among whom these sins greatly prevailed; even an invasion of their land by the Assyrians, and the carrying of them captive from it into foreign parts:

from which ye shall not remove your necks; that is, they should not be able to deliver themselves from it; they would not be able to stop the enemy in his progress, having entered their land; nor oblige him to break up the siege of their city, before which he would sit, and there continue till he had taken it; and being carried captive by him, they would never be able to free themselves from the yoke of bondage put upon them, and under which they remain unto this day. The allusion is to beasts slipping their necks out of the collar or yoke put upon them: these sons of Belial had broke off the yoke of God's commandments, and now he will, put another yoke upon them, they shall never be able to cast off until the time of the restitution of all things, when all Israel shall be saved:

neither shall ye go haughtily; as they now did, in an erect posture, with necks stretched out, and heads lifted up high, and looking upon others with scorn and contempt; but hereafter it should be otherwise, their heads would hang down, their countenances be dejected, and their backs bowed with the burdens upon them:

for this time is evil; very calamitous, afflictive, and distressing; and so not a time for pride and haughtiness, but for dejection and humiliation; see Ephesians 5:16. 3. against this family—against the nation, and especially against those reprobated in Mic 2:1, 2.

I devise an evil—a happy antithesis between God's dealings and the Jews' dealings (Mic 2:1). Ye "devise evil" against your fellow countrymen; I devise evil against you. Ye devise it wrongfully, I by righteous retribution in kind.

from which ye shall not remove your necks—as ye have done from the law. The yoke I shall impose shall be one which ye cannot shake off. They who will not bend to God's "easy yoke" (Mt 11:29, 30), shall feel His iron yoke.

go haughtily—(Compare Note, see on [1152]Jer 6:28). Ye shall not walk as now with neck haughtily uplifted, for the yoke shall press down your "neck."

this time is evil—rather, "for that time shall be an evil time," namely, the time of the carrying away into captivity (compare Am 5:13; Eph 5:16).2:1-5 Woe to the people that devise evil during the night, and rise early to carry it into execution! It is bad to do mischief on a sudden thought, much worse to do it with design and forethought. It is of great moment to improve and employ hours of retirement and solitude in a proper manner. If covetousness reigns in the heart, compassion is banished; and when the heart is thus engaged, violence and fraud commonly occupy the hands. The most haughty and secure in prosperity, are commonly most ready to despair in adversity. Woe to those from whom God turns away! Those are the sorest calamities which cut us off from the congregation of the Lord, or cut us short in the enjoyment of its privileges.
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