Micah 2

1Trouble will come to people that make plans to sin. Those people lie on their beds making their evil plans Then when the morning light comes, they do the bad things they planned. Why? Simply because they have the power to do what they want. 2They want fields, so they take them. They want houses, so they take them. They cheat a man and take his house. They cheat a man and take his land from him. 3That is why the Lord says these things. “Look, I am planning trouble against this family. You will not be able to save yourselves. You will stop being proud. Why? Because bad times are coming. 4Then people will sing songs about you. People will sing this sad song: 'We are ruined! The Lord took away our land. And gave it to other people. Yes, he took my land away from me. The Lord has divided our fields ˻among our enemies˼. 5So we will not be able to measure the land and divide it among the Lord’s people.’” 6People say, “Don’t preach to us. Don’t say those bad things about us. Nothing bad will happen to us.” 7But people of Jacob, I must say these things. The Lord is losing his patience because of the bad things you did. If you people lived right, then I could say nice words to you. 8But to my people, they are like an enemy. You steal the clothes right off the backs of people walking by. Those people think they are safe. But you ˻take things from them˼ like they are prisoners of war. 9You have taken nice houses away from the women of my people. You have taken my wealth away from their small children forever. 10Get up and leave! This will not be your place of rest. Why? Because you ruined this place! You made it unclean, So it will be destroyed! It will be a terrible destruction! 11˻These people don’t want to listen to me.˼ But if a man came telling lies then they would accept him. They would accept a false prophet if he comes and says, ”There will be good times in the future, with plenty of wine and beer.” 12Yes, people of Jacob, I will bring all of you together. I will bring together all the survivors of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the sheep pen, like a flock in its pasture. Then the place will be filled with the noise of many people. 13Then the “Crasher” will push through and walk to the front of his people They will break through the gates. and leave ˻that city˼. They will leave with their King marching before them. with the Lord at the front of his people.

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