Micah 2:1
Woe to Oppressors

1Woe to those who scheme iniquity,
         Who work out evil on their beds!
         When morning comes, they do it,
         For it is in the power of their hands.

2They covet fields and then seize them,
         And houses, and take them away.
         They rob a man and his house,
         A man and his inheritance.

3Therefore 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.

4“On that day they will take up against you a taunt
         And utter a bitter lamentation and say,
         ‘We are completely destroyed!
         He exchanges the portion of my people;
         How He removes it from me!
         To the apostate He apportions our fields.’

5“Therefore you will have no one stretching a measuring line
         For you by lot in the assembly of the LORD.

6‘Do not speak out,’ so they speak out.
         But if they do not speak out concerning these things,
         Reproaches will not be turned back.

7“Is it being said, O house of Jacob:
         ‘Is the Spirit of the LORD impatient?
         Are these His doings?’
         Do not My words do good
         To the one walking uprightly?

8“Recently My people have arisen as an enemy—
         You strip the robe off the garment
         From unsuspecting passers-by,
         From those returned from war.

9“The women of My people you evict,
         Each one from her pleasant house.
         From her children you take My splendor forever.

10“Arise and go,
         For this is no place of rest
         Because of the uncleanness that brings on destruction,
         A painful destruction.

11“If a man walking after wind and falsehood
         Had told lies and said,
         ‘I will speak out to you concerning wine and liquor,’
         He would be spokesman to this people.

12“I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob,
         I will surely gather the remnant of Israel.
         I will put them together like sheep in the fold;
         Like a flock in the midst of its pasture
         They will be noisy with men.

13“The breaker goes up before them;
         They break out, pass through the gate and go out by it.
         So their king goes on before them,
         And the LORD at their head.”

NASB ©1995

Parallel Verses
American Standard Version
Woe to them that devise iniquity and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Woe to you that devise that which is unprofitable, and work evil in your beds: in the morning light they execute it, because their hand is against God.

Darby Bible Translation
Woe to them that devise iniquity and work evil upon their beds! When the morning is light they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

English Revised Version
Woe to them that devise iniquity and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Webster's Bible Translation
Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.

World English Bible
Woe to those who devise iniquity and work evil on their beds! When the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.

Young's Literal Translation
Woe to those devising iniquity, And working evil on their beds, In the light of the morning they do it, For their hand is -- to God.
Christ the Breaker
'The Breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them.'--MICAH ii. 13. Micah was contemporary with Isaiah. The two prophets stand, to a large extent, on the same level of prophetic knowledge. Characteristic of both of them is the increasing clearness of the figure of the personal Messiah, and the increasing fulness of detail with which His functions are described.
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Is the Spirit of the Lord Straitened?
'O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the Spirit of the Lord straitened? Are these His doings?'--MICAH ii. 7. The greater part of so-called Christendom is to-day[1] celebrating the gift of a Divine Spirit to the Church; but it may well be asked whether the religious condition of so-called Christendom is not a sad satire upon Pentecost. There seems a woful contrast, very perplexing to faith, between the bright promise at the beginning and the history of the development in the future. How few
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

"Is the Spirit of the Lord Straitened?"
THERE MAY BE SOME who think they can convert the world by philosophy; that they can renew the heart by eloquence; or that, by some witchcraft of ceremonies, they can regenerate the soul; but we depend wholly and simply and alone on the Spirit of God. He alone worketh all our works in us; and in going forth to our holy service we take with us no strength, and we rely upon no power, except that of the Spirit of the Most High. When Asher's foot was dipped in oil, no wonder he left a foot-mark wherever
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 37: 1891

The Earliest Chapters in Divine Revelation
[Sidenote: The nature of inspiration] Since the days of the Greek philosophers the subject of inspiration and revelation has been fertile theme for discussion and dispute among scholars and theologians. Many different theories have been advanced, and ultimately abandoned as untenable. In its simplest meaning and use, inspiration describes the personal influence of one individual upon the mind and spirit of another. Thus we often say, "That man inspired me." What we are or do under the influence
Charles Foster Kent—The Origin & Permanent Value of the Old Testament

Standing with the People
We have found two simple and axiomatic social principles in the fundamental convictions of Jesus: The sacredness of life and personality, and the spiritual solidarity of men. Now confront a mind mastered by these convictions with the actual conditions of society, with the contempt for life and the denial of social obligation existing, and how will he react? How will he see the duty of the strong, and his own duty? DAILY READINGS First Day: The Social Platform of Jesus And he came to Nazareth, where
Walter Rauschenbusch—The Social Principles of Jesus

Redemption for Man Lost to be Sought in Christ.
1. The knowledge of God the Creator of no avail without faith in Christ the Redeemer. First reason. Second reason strengthened by the testimony of an Apostle. Conclusion. This doctrine entertained by the children of God in all ages from the beginning of the world. Error of throwing open heaven to the heathen, who know nothing of Christ. The pretexts for this refuted by passages of Scripture. 2. God never was propitious to the ancient Israelites without Christ the Mediator. First reason founded on
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Micah must have been a very striking personality. Like Amos, he was a native of the country--somewhere in the neighbourhood of Gath; and he denounces with fiery earnestness the sins of the capital cities, Samaria in the northern kingdom, and Jerusalem in the southern. To him these cities seem to incarnate the sins of their respective kingdoms, i. 5; and for both ruin and desolation are predicted, i. 6, iii. 12. Micah expresses with peculiar distinctness the sense of his inspiration and the object
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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