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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Micah 2:1-13

2  “Woe to those who are scheming what is harmful, and to those practicing what is bad, upon their beds!+ By the light of the morning they proceed to do it,+ because it is in the power of their hand.+  And they have desired fields and have seized [them];+ also houses, and have taken [them]; and they have defrauded an able-bodied man* and his household,+ a man* and his hereditary possession.+  “Therefore this is what Jehovah has said, ‘Here I am thinking up against this family+ a calamity+ from which YOU people will not remove YOUR necks,+ so that YOU will not walk haughtily;+ because it is a time of calamity.+  In that day one will raise up concerning YOU people a proverbial saying+ and will certainly lament a lamentation, even a lamentation.+ One will have to say: “We have positively been despoiled!+ The very portion of my people he alters.+ How he removes [it] from me! To the unfaithful one he apportions out our own fields.”  Therefore you will come to have no one casting out the cord, by lot,+ in the congregation* of Jehovah.  Do not YOU people let [words] drop.+ They let [words] drop. They will not let [words] drop concerning these [things]. Humiliations will not move away.+  “‘Is it being said, O house of Jacob:+ “Has the spirit of Jehovah* become discontented, or are these his dealings?”+ Do not my own words do good+ in the case of the one walking uprightly?+  “‘And yesterday my own people proceeded to rise up as an outright enemy.+ From the front of a garment YOU men strip off the majestic ornament, from the ones passing by confidently, [like] those returning from war.  The women of my people YOU drive out from the house in which a woman* has exquisite delight. From off her children YOU take my splendor,+ to time indefinite.+ 10  Get up and go,+ because this is not a resting-place.+ Because of the fact that she has become unclean,+ there is a wrecking; and [the] wrecking work is painful.+ 11  If a man,* walking by wind* and falsehood, has told the lie:+ “I shall let [words] drop to you concerning wine and concerning intoxicating liquor,” he also will certainly become the one letting [words] drop for this people.+ 12  “‘I shall positively gather Jacob, all of you;+ I shall without fail collect the remaining ones* of Israel together.+ In unity I shall set them, like a flock in the pen,* like a drove in the midst of its pasture;+ they will be noisy with men.’*+ 13  “The one making a breakthrough will certainly come up before them:+ they will actually break through. And they will pass through a gate, and they will go out by it.+ And their king will pass through before them, with Jehovah at the head of them.”+

Footnotes

“An able-bodied man.” Heb., ge′ver.
“A man.” Heb., weʼish′.
“In the congregation of.” Heb., biq·hal′; Gr., ek·kle·si′ai. See De 4:10 ftns.
Or, “the active force of Jehovah.” Heb., ru′ach Yehwah′. See Ge 1:2 ftn, “Force.”
Lit., “she.”
Heb., ʼish.
“Wind.” Heb., ru′ach. See Ge 1:2 ftn, “Force.”
Or, “the remnant.”
“In the pen,” by a change of vowel pointing in agreement with TVg; M, “Bozrah.”
“With men.” Heb., me·ʼa·dham′.