|Ward Green Version, 2003||American Standard Version, 1901|
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1Hear this, please! Jehovah says: ``Rise and contend with mountains, that your voice may tell it to the hills.
2``Hear, you mountains, the legal battle of Jehovah, and you the sturdiest foundations of earth, for the rib (`rib' = `personal contest or pleading') of Jehovah is against his people, and against Israel shall he judge.
3``My people, what have I done to you to cause you to be disgusted by your own witness?
4``For it was I who exalted you from the the land of Misraim, from Egypt. From a house of slaves I redeemed you, and I appointed at your forefront Moses (`Moses' = `drawn from water'), Aaron (Aaron = Aharon), and Miriam (`Miriam' = `rebelliously').
5``Remember please, my people, how Balak the King of Moab took counsel, how he heeded Balaam the son of Beor (`Beor' = `a burning lamp'). Out of Shittim (`Shittim' = `acacia trees'), toward Gilgal (`Gilgal' = the name of three places in Palestine) it was, in order to cause the righteousness of Jehovah to be known.''
6With that shall I meet Jehovah, shall I bow down to God's dignity? Shall I come before him with sacrifice as burnt offering, with calves, young ones of one year?
7Shall Jehovah be pleased with thousands of rams or with myriads of streams of oil? Shall I give my firstborn son for my revolt, or the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8Man, he has told you what is good. What is Jehovah asking from you except to carry out justice, love kindness, and walk in humility with your God?
9Jehovah calls to the city. He preaches, that the wise one may fear your name: ``Hear the branch and the one who betroths it.
10``Still burning, the house of the evil is a storehouse for immorality, and the shortness of an ephah quantity angers one.
11``Shall I be held innocent over scales which lie or for a bag of fraudulent stone weights?
12``For her rich men overflow with false gain, and her citizens answer with untruth. Their words are treacherous in their mouths.
13``So I shall also afflict you to wound you into amazement on account of your sins.
14``You shall eat but you shall not have your fill, and you will hunger in your belly. You shall take hold of substance, but not carry it away with you, and what you do carry away I will deliver to the sword.
15``You shall sow seed, but not bring to harvest, you shall tread down the olive, but not anoint yourself with oil, fresh grape juice but will not drink wine.
16``You are observing the custom of Omri (`Omni' = `heaping') and all the doings of the house of Ahab (`Ahab' = `brother or friend of his father')-- you have walked in their counsel, with the consequence that I will deliver you up to desolation-- her citizens to a whistling. I will hold my people up to reproach!''
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Micah 6 1
Hear ye now what Jehovah saith: Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.
Micah 6 2
Hear, O ye mountains, Jehovah`s controversy, and ye enduring foundations of the earth; for Jehovah hath a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel.
Micah 6 3
O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.
Micah 6 4
For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of bondage; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
Micah 6 5
O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him; [remember] from Shittim unto Gilgal, that ye may know the righteous acts of Jehovah.
Micah 6 6
Wherewith shall I come before Jehovah, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt-offerings, with calves a year old?
Micah 6 7
will Jehovah be pleased with thousands of rams, [or] with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my first-born for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
Micah 6 8
He hath showed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth Jehovah require of thee, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God?
Micah 6 9
The voice of Jehovah crieth unto the city, and [the man of] wisdom will see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.
Micah 6 10
Are there yet treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and a scant measure that is abominable?
Micah 6 11
Shall I be pure with wicked balances, and with a bag of deceitful weights?
Micah 6 12
For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
Micah 6 13
Therefore I also have smitten thee with a grievous wound; I have made thee desolate because of thy sins.
Micah 6 14
Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy humiliation shall be in the midst of thee: and thou shalt put away, but shalt not save; and that which thou savest will I give up to the sword.
Micah 6 15
Thou shalt sow, but shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but shalt not anoint thee with oil; and the vintage, but shalt not drink the wine.
Micah 6 16
For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I may make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof a hissing: and ye shall bear the reproach of my people.