Micah 7
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Israel’s Great Misery

1Woe is me!

For I am like one gathering summer fruit

at the gleaning of the vineyard;

there is no cluster to eat,

no early fig that I crave.

2The godly man has perished from the earth;

there is no one upright among men.

They all lie in wait for blood;

they hunt each other with a net.

3Both hands are skilled at evil;

the prince and the judge demand a bribe;

when the powerful utters his evil desire,

they all conspire together.

4The best of them is like a brier;

the most upright is sharper than a hedge of thorns.

The day you post your watchmen, your punishment will come;

then their confusion will arise.

5Do not rely on a friend;

do not trust in a companion.

Seal the doors of your mouth

from her who lies in your arms.a

6For a son dishonors his father,

a daughter rises against her mother,

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

a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.

Israel Looks to the LORD

7But as for me, I will look to the LORD;

I will wait for the God of my salvation.

My God will hear me.

8Do not gloat over me, my enemy!

Though I have fallen, I will arise;

though I sit in darkness,

the LORD will be my light.

9Because I have sinned against Him,

I must endure the rage of the LORD,

until He argues my case

and executes justice for me.

He will bring me into the light;

I will see His righteousness.

10Then my enemy will see

and will be covered with shame—

she who said to me,

“Where is the LORD your God?”

My eyes will see her;

at that time she will be trampled

like mud in the streets.

11The day for rebuilding your walls will come—

the day for extending your boundary.

12On that day they will come to you

from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,

even from Egypt to the Euphrates,b

from sea to sea and mountain to mountain.

13Then the earth will become desolate

because of its inhabitants,

as the result of their deeds.

God’s Compassion on Israel

14Shepherd with Your staff Your people,

the flock of Your inheritance.

They live alone in a woodland,

surrounded by pastures.c

Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead,

as in the days of old.

15As in the days when you came out of Egypt,

I will show My wonders.

16Nations will see and be ashamed,

deprived of all their might.

They will put their hands over their mouths,

and their ears will become deaf.

17They will lick the dust like a snake,

like reptiles slithering on the ground.

They will crawl from their holes

in the presence of the LORD our God;

they will tremble in fear of you.

18Who is a God like You,

who pardons iniquity

and passes over the transgression

of the remnant of His inheritance—

who does not retain His anger forever,

because He delights in loving devotion?d

19He will again have compassion on us;

He will vanquish our iniquities.

You will cast out all our sins

into the depths of the sea.

20You will show loyalty to Jacob

and loving devotion to Abraham,

as You swore to our fathers

from days of old.

Footnotes:

5 a Hebrew bosom
12 b Hebrew the River
14 c Or in the middle of Carmel
18 d Forms of the Hebrew chesed are translated here and in most cases throughout the Scriptures as loving devotion; the range of meaning includes love, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, and mercy, as well as loyalty to a covenant.

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