Micah Chapter 2
1 Woe to those who devise iniquity and work evil on their beds! When the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.
2 They covet fields, and seize them; and houses, and take them away: and they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
3 Therefore the LORD says: "Behold, I am planning against these people a disaster, 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, saying, 'We are utterly ruined! My people's possession is divided up. Indeed he takes it from me and assigns our fields to traitors!' "
5 Therefore you will have no one who divides the land by lot in the LORD's assembly.
6 "Don't prophesy!" They prophesy. "Don't prophesy about these things. Disgrace won't overtake us."
7 Shall it be said, O house of Jacob: "Is the LORD's Spirit angry? Are these his doings? Don't my words do good to him who walks blamelessly?"
8 But lately my people have risen up as an enemy. You strip the robe and clothing from those who pass by without a care, returning from battle.
9 You drive the women of my people out from their pleasant houses; from their young children you take away my blessing 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 in a spirit of falsehood lies: "I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink;" he would be the prophet of this people.
12 I will surely assemble, 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 middle of their pasture; they will swarm with people.
13 He who breaks open the way goes up before them. They break through the gate, and go out. And their king passes on before them, with the LORD at their head.
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Micah Chapter 2 Guide
Following this the prophet states the cause of the imminent judgment. The sin consists in devising evil at night and practicing it in the morning, and the abuse of authority. Covetousness, expressing itself in oppression, was the peculiar sin of the rulers. Against this Jehovah proceeds in just retribution, "I devise an evil."
The prophet then describes the mockery of observers who would imitate their sorrow, and finally declares that they will be utterly dispossessed. In the midst of his prophesying Micah was interrupted by false prophets, who charged him not to prophesy, protesting against his message, basing their objection to his announcement of judgment on the fact of God's goodness. To this objection Micah, in the name of Jehovah, answers that the changed attitude of His people toward Him accounts for Jehovah's change toward them. His people had risen up as an enemy.
He then charged the people to depart, declaring that such teaching could not give them rest, and then breaking out in indignant satire against the people who allowed themselves to be misled by false prophets.
This first message uttered in the hearing of the nations concerning the chosen people, closes with words spoken directly to Jacob. Its burden is evidently forthcoming deliverances, but as to detail it is undefined.
From "An Exposition of the Whole Bible" by G. Campbell Morgan.