|Ward Green Version, 2003||American Standard Version, 1901|
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1Alas, for I have become as ingatherings of summer fruit, as gleanings of grapes without a bunch of grapes to eat, the early fig that my soul desired.
2There has been a perishing of the godly man from off the earth, the upstanding among mankind is absent. They all lurk in ambush for blood-- a man hunts his companion with a net.
3What concerns evil is upon their hands. As much as it pleases him the chief demands, and judges for a bribe. The mighty one speaks of the desire of his soul, and they pervert it.
4Their best one is like a thorn, and the straight one from a thorn hedge. The day you await, the day of your reckoning has arrived. From now on shall be perplexity for them.
5You may not put faith in a companion. A confidence you may not put in a friend or governor. The one lying in your bosom-- from her guard the opening of your mouth.
6For a son despises a father, a daughter rises up above her mother, a daughter-in-law also above her mother-in-law. The enemies of a man shall be people of his own household.
7As for me-- I wait patiently on Jehovah and I put my trust in the God of my salvation. He hears me.
8Do not rejoice over me, my woman enemy. For I have fallen, but I shall rise up again. Because I marry in darkness, Jehovah is my light.
9The indignation of Jehovah I marry, for I am reconciling myself until such time as his defender ribs me and my judgment is performed. He shall bring me out to the light. I revel in his righteousness.
10My enemies shall see and be covered in shame, her who was saying to me, ``Where is he, Jehovah your God?'' My eye shall look upon her, now that she is trampled as the dirt of the street.
11A day to build your walls is a day for postponing your appointments.
12At that time they will come to you all the way from Assyria, from fortress cities, from Egypt, to the River, from sea to Mediterranean Sea, from river to Euphrates River.
13The land shall come to desolation from its inhabitants, from the fruitage of their dealings.
14Shepherd your people with your branch, the flock of your inheritance that had been dwelling in isolation in a forest in the middle of Carmel. May they graze in Bashan and Gilead as in days of long ago.
15As in the days of your coming from the land of Egypt, I shall cause you to see wondrous works.
16Nations will see and be ashamed of all of their strength. They will put hand to mouth, and the ears of them will be without hearing.
17They will lick the dust, like a snake, like serpents of the earth they shall quiver from their bulwarks to Jehovah our God and be afraid. They will be afraid of you.
18Who is like the Almighty, in pardoning sin and transgression-- by reason of the remnant of his inheritance, not continuing forever in anger because of the good pleasure of his kindness.
19He turns back, he has pity, he subdues evil. He casts to the depths of the sea all their sins.
20You shall give faithfulness to Jacob-- kindness to Abraham-- because you swore it by sevens to our forefathers from the days of antiquity.
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Modified April 13, 2009 by Ward Green
Micah 7 1
Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat; my soul desireth the first-ripe fig.
Micah 7 2
The godly man is perished out of the earth, and there is none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
Micah 7 3
Their hands are upon that which is evil to do it diligently; the prince asketh, and the judge [is ready] for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth the evil desire of his soul: thus they weave it together.
Micah 7 4
The best of them is as a brier; the most upright is [worse] than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen, even thy visitation, is come; now shall be their perplexity.
Micah 7 5
Trust ye not in a neighbor; put ye not confidence in a friend; keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
Micah 7 6
For the son dishonoreth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; a man`s enemies are the men of his own house.
Micah 7 7
But as for me, I will look unto Jehovah; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
Micah 7 8
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, Jehovah will be a light unto me.
Micah 7 9
I will bear the indignation of Jehovah, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, [and] I shall behold his righteousness.
Micah 7 10
Then mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her who said unto me, Where is Jehovah thy God? Mine eyes shall see [my desire] upon her; now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.
Micah 7 11
A day for building thy walls! in that day shall the decree be far removed.
Micah 7 12
In that day shall they come unto thee from Assyria and the cities of Egypt, and from Egypt even to the River, and from sea to sea, and [from] mountain to mountain.
Micah 7 13
Yet shall the land be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
Micah 7 14
Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thy heritage, which dwell solitarily, in the forest in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
Micah 7 15
As in the days of thy coming forth out of the land of Egypt will I show unto them marvellous things.
Micah 7 16
The nations shall see and be ashamed of all their might; they shall lay their hand upon their mouth; their ears shall be deaf.
Micah 7 17
They shall lick the dust like a serpent; like crawling things of the earth they shall come trembling out of their close places; they shall come with fear unto Jehovah our God, and shall be afraid because of thee.
Micah 7 18
Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth over the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in lovingkindness.
Micah 7 19
He will again have compassion upon us; he will tread our iniquities under foot; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
Micah 7 20
Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, [and] the lovingkindness to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.