Miquéias 2

1 Woe to those who plan iniquity, ¶ to those who plot evil on their beds! ¶ At morning's light they carry it out ¶ because it is in their power to do it.

2 They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them. ¶ They defraud people of their homes, ¶ they rob them of their inheritance.

3 Therefore, the LORD says: ¶ "I am planning disaster against this people, ¶ from which you cannot save yourselves. ¶ You will no longer walk proudly, ¶ for it will be a time of calamity.

4 In that day people will ridicule you; they will taunt you with this mournful song: ¶ 'We are utterly ruined; ¶ my people's possession is divided up. ¶ He takes it from me! ¶ He assigns our fields to traitors.'"

5 Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the LORD ¶ to divide the land by lot.

6 "Do not prophesy," their prophets say. ¶ "Do not prophesy about these things; ¶ disgrace will not overtake us."

7 You descendants of Jacob, should it be said, "Does the LORD become [^1] impatient? ¶ Does he do such things?" ¶ "Do not my words do good ¶ to the one whose ways are upright?

8 Lately my people have risen up like an enemy. ¶ You strip off the rich robe ¶ from those who pass by without a care, ¶ like men returning from battle.

9 You drive the women of my people from their pleasant homes. ¶ You take away my blessing ¶ from their children forever.

10 Get up, go away! For this is not your resting place, ¶ because it is defiled, ¶ it is ruined, beyond all remedy.

11 If a liar and deceiver comes and says, 'I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,' ¶ that would be just the prophet for this people!

12 "I will surely gather all of you, Jacob; ¶ I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. ¶ I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, ¶ like a flock in its pasture; ¶ the place will throng with people.

13 The One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. ¶ Their King will pass through before them, ¶ the LORD at their head."