The Editors’ Quote of the Day:

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.

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.

Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.

In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.

Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the Lord.

Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the Lord straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?

Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.

The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.

Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.

If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.

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 2 (KJV)

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  1. 1 Woe to those who plan wickedness,
    who make preparations for evil while lying on their beds.
    By the morning light they carry it out,
    because it is in the power of their hands to do so.
    2 They covet fields and seize them.
    They covet houses and take them away.
    They deprive a person of his house,
    and a man of his inheritance.

    3 Therefore this is what the Lord says:

    Look, I am making plans against this family of clans,
    plans for a disaster from which you cannot save your necks.
    You will not be able to hold your heads high,
    because it will be an evil time.
    4 On that day a saying will arise about you.
    People will moan this sad song:
    “We have been completely devastated.
    My people’s portion in the land is divided up.
    He takes it from me and assigns our fields to traitors.”[a]
    5 Because of this, there will be no one to measure off an allotted inheritance for you in the assembly of the Lord.

    6 “Stop preaching,” they preach.[b] “Do not preach about these things,”
    but these charges will not be turned away.[c]
    7 Should the house of Jacob say,
    “Is the Spirit of the Lord impatient?
    Would he really do these things?”

    Will my words fail to accomplish good things for people who walk uprightly?
    8 But lately my people have stood up like an enemy.

    You strip off the splendid robe from those who pass by
    as they return safely from battle.[d]
    9 You drive the women among my people out of their comfortable houses.
    You take away my splendor from their children forever.
    10 Get up and leave,
    for this will not be a place to rest,
    because the impurity that destroys it will bring painful destruction.
    11 If a man full of bluster and lies comes and says,
    “I will preach for you about wine and beer,”
    he would be just the preacher for these people.

    12 I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob.
    I will surely gather together the surviving remnant of Israel.
    I will establish them like a flock in its fold,
    like a herd in its pasture,
    like a happy crowd of noisy people.[e]

    13 The one who breaks through the siege line[f] will go up ahead of them.
    They too will break out and pass through the gate,
    and their king will cross over in front of them,
    with the Lord as their head.

    [a] Micah 2:4 Or apostates
    [b] Micah 2:6 Or stop droning on. The basic meaning of the Hebrew word is drip or drool. This implies that Micah’s message is a tiresome one that the people do not want to hear. The English word preach sometimes retains this negative connotation when a speaker’s message about behavior is unwelcome.
    [c] Micah 2:6 The translation above, which follows the Hebrew reading, interprets this line as a warning from the Lord that the complainers cannot escape the prophesied judgment. Many translations emend the verb and take this as a continuation of the words of the people: These insults of yours will never touch us. Another option is to take the last part of the verse as a question: Will there be no end to the scolding?
    [d] Micah 2:8 The meaning of this line is uncertain.
    [e] Micah 2:12 The meaning of this line is uncertain.
    [f] Micah 2:13 This phrase has traditionally been understood as a reference to the Messiah.

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