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Micah 6 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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God’s Indictment of His People

Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:1 - Hear now what the LORD is saying,
“Arise, plead your case [fn]before the mountains,
And let the hills hear your voice.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:2 - “Listen, you mountains, to the indictment by the LORD,
And you enduring foundations of the earth,
Because the LORD has a case against His people;
And He will dispute with Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:3 - “My people, what have I done to you,
And how have I wearied you? Answer Me.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:4 - “Indeed, I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
I redeemed you from the house of slavery,
And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:5 - “My people, remember now
What Balak king of Moab planned
And what Balaam son of Beor answered him,
And what happened from Shittim to Gilgal,
[fn]So that you might know the righteous acts of the LORD.”

What God Requires of Mankind

Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:6 - With what shall I come to the LORD
And bow myself before the God on high?
Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings,
With yearling calves?
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:7 - Does the LORD take pleasure in thousands of rams,
In ten thousand rivers of [fn]oil?
Shall I give Him my firstborn for my wrongdoings,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:8 - He has told you, mortal one, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love [fn]kindness,
And to walk [fn]humbly with your God?
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:9 - The voice of the LORD will call to the city
And it is sound wisdom to fear Your name:
[fn]Hear, you tribe. Who has designated [fn]its time?
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:10 - “Is there still a person in the wicked house,
Along with treasures of wickedness,
And a [fn]short measure that is cursed?
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:11 - “Can I justify dishonest balances,
And a bag of fraudulent weights?
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:12 - “For the rich people of [fn]the city are full of violence,
Her residents speak lies,
And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:13 - “So also I will make you sick, striking you down,
Making you desolate because of your sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:14 - “You will eat, but you will not be satisfied,
And your filth will be in your midst.
You will try to remove valuables for safekeeping,
But you will not save it all,
And what you do save I will turn over to the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:15 - “You will sow but you will not harvest.
You will tread the olive press but will not anoint yourself with oil;
And tread out sweet wine, but you will not drink any wine.
Unchecked Copy BoxMic 6:16 - “The statutes of Omri
And every work of the house of Ahab are maintained,
And you walk by their plans.
Therefore I will give you up for destruction,
And [fn]your inhabitants for [fn]derision,
And you will suffer the taunting of My people.”
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit with
Lit In order to know
I.e., olive oil
Or loyalty
Or circumspectly
Or Hear about the rod and who designated it
Lit it
Lit shrunken ephah
Lit her are
Lit her
Lit whistling (in mockery)

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