|Mic 2:1 Woe (judgment is coming) to those who devise wickedness
And plot evil on their beds!
When morning comes, they practice evil
Because it is in the power of their hands.
|Mic 2:2 They covet fields and seize them,
And houses, and take them away.
They oppress and rob a man and his house,
A man and his inheritance. [Is 5:8; Ex 20:17; Lev 25:23ff.]
|Mic 2:3 Therefore, thus says the LORD,
"Behold, I am planning against this family a disaster (exile)
[Like a noose] from which you cannot remove your necks;
Nor will you be able to walk haughtily and erect,
For it will be an evil time [of subjugation to the invaders].
|Mic 2:4 "On that day they shall take up a [taunting, deriding] parable against you
And wail with a doleful and bitter song of mourning and say,
'We are completely destroyed!
God exchanges the inheritance of my people;
How He removes it from me!
He divides our fields to the rebellious [our captors].'
|Mic 2:5 "Therefore, you will have no one stretching a measuring line [dividing the common land]
For you by lot in the assembly of the LORD. [Rev 21:27]
|Mic 2:6 ¶ 'Do not speak out,' so they speak out.
But if they do not speak out concerning these things,
Reproaches will not be turned back.
|Mic 2:7 "Is it being said, O house of Jacob:
'Is the Spirit of the LORD impatient?
Or are these [prophesied judgments] His doings?'
Do not My words do good
To the one walking uprightly?
|Mic 2:8 "But lately My people have stood up as an enemy [and have made Me their antagonist].
You strip the ornaments off the garment
Of those unsuspecting passers-by,
Like those returned from war.
|Mic 2:9 "You evict the women (widows) of My people,
Each one from her pleasant house;
From her [young, fatherless] children you take away My splendor and blessing forever [by putting them among the pagans, away from Me].
|Mic 2:10 "Arise and depart [because the captivity is inevitable],
For this [land] is not the place of rest
Because of the defilement that brings destruction,
A painful and terrible destruction.
|Mic 2:11 "If a man walking in a false spirit [spouting deception]
Should lie and say,
'I will prophesy to you [O Israel] of wine and liquor (greed, sensual pleasure),'
He would be the acceptable spokesman of this people. [Jer 5:31]
|Mic 2:12 ¶ "I shall most certainly assemble all of you, O Jacob;
I shall surely gather the remnant of Israel.
I shall bring them together like sheep in the fold [multiplying the nation];
Like a flock in the midst of its pasture.
The place will swarm with many people and hum loudly with noise.
|Mic 2:13 "The breaker [the Messiah, who opens the way] shall go up before them [liberating them].
They will break out, pass through the gate and go out;
So their King goes on before them,
The LORD at their head." [Ex 23:20, 21; 33:14; Is 63:8, 9; Hos 3:5; Amos 9:11]