Miquéias 2

1 Woe to those who devise iniquity and work evil on their beds! When the morning is light, they do it, because it is in the power of their hand.

2 And they covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away: and they oppress a [noble] man and his house, even a man and his heritage.

3 Therefore thus says Yahweh: Look, I devise an evil against this family, from which you{+} will not remove your{+} necks, neither will you{+} walk haughtily; for it is an evil time.

4 In that day they will take up a parable against you{+}, and lament with a doleful lamentation, [and] say, We are completely ruined: he exchanges the portion of my people: how he removes [it] from me! In order to make restitution, he divides our fields.

5 Therefore you will have none who will cast the line by lot in the assembly of Yahweh.

6 Do not prophesy{+}, [thus] they prophesy. They will not prophesy to these: reproaches will not depart.

7 Will it be said, O house of Jacob, Is the Spirit of Yahweh straitened? Are these his doings? Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly?

8 Even yesterday my people rose up as an enemy: in front of a cloak you{+} strip the glory from those who pass by securely, being averse to war.

9 The women of my people you{+} cast out from their pleasant houses; from their young children you{+} take away my glory forever.

10 Arise{+}, and depart; for this is not your{+} resting-place; because of uncleanness that destroys, even with a grievous destruction.

11 If a man walking after the wind and producing lies, lies, [saying], I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink; he will even be the prophet of this people.

12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of you; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as a flock in the midst of their pasture; they will make great noise by reason of man.

13 The breaker has gone up before them: they have broken forth and passed on to the gate, and have gone out of it; and their king has passed on before them, and Yahweh at the head of them.