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Micah 7 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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Israel’s Moral Decline
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How sad for me!

For I am like one who —

when the summer fruit has been gathered

after the gleaning of the grape harvest —

finds no grape cluster to eat,

no early fig, which I crave.

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Faithful people have vanished from the land;

there is no one upright among the people.

All of them wait in ambush to shed blood;

they hunt each other with a net.

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Both hands are good at accomplishing evil:

the official and the judge demand a bribe;

when the powerful man communicates his evil desire,

they plot it together.

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The best of them is like a brier;

the most upright is worse than a hedge of thorns.

The day of your watchmen,

the day of your punishment, is coming;

at this time their panic is here.

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Do not rely on a friend;

don’t trust in a close companion.

Seal your mouth

from the woman who lies in your arms.

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Surely a son considers his father a fool,

a daughter opposes her mother,

and a daughter-in-law is against her mother-in-law;

a man’s enemies are the men of his own household.

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But I will look to the LORD;

I will wait for the God of my salvation.

My God will hear me.

Zion’s Vindication
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Do not rejoice over me, my enemy!

Though I have fallen, I will stand up;

though I sit in darkness,

the LORD will be my light.

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Because I have sinned against him,

I must endure the LORD’s rage

until he champions my cause

and establishes justice for me.

He will bring me into the light;

I will see his salvation.[fn]

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Then my enemy will see,

and she will be covered with shame,

the one who said to me,

“Where is the LORD your God? ”

My eyes will look at her in triumph;

at that time she will be trampled

like mud in the streets.

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A day will come for rebuilding your walls;

on that day your boundary will be extended.

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On that day people will come to you

from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,

even from Egypt to the Euphrates River

and from sea to sea

and mountain to mountain.

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Then the earth will become a wasteland

because of its inhabitants

and as a result of their actions.

Micah’s Prayer Answered
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Shepherd your people with your staff,

the flock that is your possession.

They live alone in a woodland

surrounded by pastures.

Let them graze in Bashan and Gilead

as in ancient times.

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I will perform miracles for them[fn]

as in the days of your exodus

from the land of Egypt.

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Nations will see and be ashamed

of[fn] all their power.

They will put their hands over their mouths,

and their ears will become deaf.

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They will lick the dust like a snake;

they will come trembling out of their hiding places

like reptiles slithering on the ground.

They will tremble in the presence of the LORD our God;

they will stand in awe of you.

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Who is a God like you,

forgiving iniquity and passing over rebellion

for the remnant of his inheritance?

He does not hold on to his anger forever

because he delights in faithful love.

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He will again have compassion on us;

he will vanquish our iniquities.

You will cast all our[fn] sins

into the depths of the sea.

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You will show loyalty to Jacob

and faithful love to Abraham,

as you swore to our fathers

from days long ago.

CSB Footnotes
Or righteousness
= Israel
Or ashamed in spite of
Some Hb mss, LXX, Syr, Vg; other Hb mss read their

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