Micah 2:2
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New International Version
They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. They defraud people of their homes, they rob them of their inheritance.

New Living Translation
When you want a piece of land, you find a way to seize it. When you want someone's house, you take it by fraud and violence. You cheat a man of his property, stealing his family's inheritance.

English Standard Version
They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance.

Berean Study Bible
They covet fields and seize them, and they take away houses. They deprive a man of his home, a fellow man of his inheritance.

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

King James Bible
And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

Christian Standard Bible
They covet fields and seize them; they also take houses. They deprive a man of his home, a person of his inheritance.

Contemporary English Version
You grab any field or house that you want; you cheat families out of homes and land.

Good News Translation
When they want fields, they seize them; when they want houses, they take them. No one's family or property is safe.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They covet fields and seize them; they also take houses. They deprive a man of his home, a person of his inheritance.

International Standard Version
They covet fields and seize them; they covet houses, and grab them, too. They harass the valiant man, along with his household, an individual and his estate.

NET Bible
They confiscate the fields they desire, and seize the houses they want. They defraud people of their homes, and deprive people of the land they have inherited.

New Heart English Bible
They covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away: and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They desire [other people's] fields, so they seize them. They desire [people's] houses, so they take them. They cheat a man and his family, a man and his inheritance.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they covet fields, and seize them; And houses, and take them away; Thus they oppress a man and his house, Even a man and his heritage.

New American Standard 1977
They covet fields and then seize them, And houses, and take them away. They rob a man and his house, A man and his inheritance.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And they coveted fields and stole them, and houses and took them away; so they oppressed the man and his house, even the man and his heritage.

King James 2000 Bible
And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

American King James Version
And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

American Standard Version
And they covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away: and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they have coveted fields, and taken them by violence, and houses they have forcibly taken away: and oppressed a man and his house, a man and his inheritance.

Darby Bible Translation
And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away; and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

English Revised Version
And they covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away: and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

World English Bible
They covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away: and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

Young's Literal Translation
And they have desired fields, And they have taken violently, And houses, and they have taken away, And have oppressed a man and his house, Even a man and his inheritance.
Study Bible
Woe to the Oppressors
1Woe to those who devise iniquity and plot evil on their beds! At morning's light they accomplish it because the power is in their hands. 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.…
Cross References
1 Kings 21:1
Some time later, Naboth the Jezreelite happened to own a vineyard in Jezreel next to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria.

Isaiah 5:8
Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field until there is no room and you dwell alone in the land.

Jeremiah 22:17
"But your eyes and heart are set on nothing except your own dishonest gain, on shedding innocent blood, on practicing extortion and oppression."

Ezekiel 8:17
And He said to me, "Do you see this, son of man? Is it not enough for the house of Judah to commit the abominations they are practicing here, that they must also fill the land with violence and continually provoke Me to anger? Look, they are even putting the branch to their nose!

Ezekiel 22:13
Now look, I strike My hands together against your unjust gain and against the blood you have shed in your midst.

Ezekiel 33:26
You have relied on your swords, you have committed detestable acts, and each of you has defiled his neighbor's wife. Should you then possess the land?'

Ezekiel 46:18
The prince must not take any of the inheritance of the people by evicting them from their property. He is to provide an inheritance for his sons from his own property, so that none of My people will be displaced from his property.'"

Amos 2:7
They trample on the heads of the poor as on the dust of the earth; they push the needy out of their way. A man and his father resort to the same girl and so profane My holy name.

Amos 8:4
Hear this, you who trample on the needy, who do away with the poor of the land,

Micah 6:12
For the wealthy of the city are full of violence, and its residents speak lies; their tongues are deceitful in their mouths.

Treasury of Scripture

And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

they covet.

Exodus 20:17 You shall not covet your neighbor's house, you shall not covet your …

1 Kings 21:2-19 And Ahab spoke to Naboth, saying, Give me your vineyard, that I may …

Job 31:38 If my land cry against me, or that the furrows likewise thereof complain;

Isaiah 5:8 Woe to them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till …

Jeremiah 22:17 But your eyes and your heart are not but for your covetousness, and …

Amos 8:4 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor …

Habakkuk 2:5-9 Yes also, because he transgresses by wine, he is a proud man, neither …

1 Timothy 6:10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted …

so.

Micah 3:9 Hear this, I pray you, you heads of the house of Jacob, and princes …

Exodus 22:21-24 You shall neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for you were strangers …

2 Kings 9:26 Surely I have seen yesterday the blood of Naboth, and the blood of …

Nehemiah 5:1-5 And there was a great cry of the people and of their wives against …

Job 24:2-12 Some remove the landmarks; they violently take away flocks, and feed thereof…

Ezekiel 18:12 Has oppressed the poor and needy, has spoiled by violence, has not …

Ezekiel 22:12 In you have they taken gifts to shed blood; you have taken usury and increase…

Amos 8:4 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor …

Malachi 3:5 And I will come near to you to judgment; and I will be a swift witness …

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

oppress. or, defraud.

1 Samuel 12:3,4 Behold, here I am: witness against me before the LORD, and before …







(2) And they covet fields.--The act of Ahab and Jezebel in coveting and acquiring Naboth's vineyard by violence and murder was no isolated incident. The desire to accumulate property in land, in contravention of the Mosaic Law, was denounced by Micah's contemporary, Isaiah: "Woe unto them that join house to house. that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth" (Isaiah 5:8).

Verse 2. - They carry out by open violence the fraud which they have devised and planned (comp. Isaiah 5:8; Amos 4:1). Covet fields. Compare the case of Ahab and Naboth (1 Kings 21.). The commandment against coveting (Exodus 20:17) taught the Jews that God regarded sins of thought as well as of action. The Law forbade the alienation of landed property and the transfer of estates from tribe to tribe (Leviticus 25:23-28; Numbers 36:7). A rich man might buy a poor man's estate subject to the law of jubilee; but these grandees seem to have forced the sale of property, or else seized it by force or fraud. Oppress; Vulgate, calumniabantur. The Hebrew word involves the idea of violence. And they covet fields, and take them by violence,.... The fields of their poor neighbours, which lie near them, and convenient for them; they wish they were theirs, and they contrive ways and means to get them into their possession; and if they cannot get them by fair means, if they cannot persuade them to sell them, or at their price, they will either use some crafty method to get them from them, or they will take them away by force and violence; as Ahab got Naboth's vineyard from him:

and houses, and take them away; they covet the houses of their neighbours also, and take the same course to get them out of their hands, and add them to their own estates:

so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage; not only dispossess him of his house to dwell in, but of his paternal inheritance, what he received from his ancestors, and should have transmitted to his posterity, being unalienable; and so distressed a man and his family for the present, and his posterity after him. The Vulgate Latin version is, "they calumniate a man and his house"; which seems to be designed to make it agree with the story of Ahab, 1 Kings 21:13. 2. Parallelism, "Take by violence," answers to "take away"; "fields" and "houses," to "house" and "heritage" (that is, one's land).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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