Bishops' Bible

Micah 2

Against oppression.

Micah 2:1 Wo vnto them that imagine iniquitie, and worke wickednesse vpon their beddes: when the morning is light they practise it, because their hande hath power. Micah 2:2 And they couet fieldes, and take them by violence, and houses, and take them away: so they oppresse a man and his house, [euen] man and his heritage. Micah 2:3 Therefore thus saith the Lorde: Beholde, against this housholde haue I deuised a plague, whereout ye shall not plucke your neckes: ye shall no more go so proudly, for it wyl be a perilous time.

A lamentation.

Micah 2:4 In that day shal this parable be vsed, and a mourning shalbe made ouer you on this maner: We be vtterly desolate, the portion of my people is translated: how wyll he parte vnto vs the lande that he hath taken from vs? Micah 2:5 Therefore there shalbe no man to deuide thee thy portion in the congregation of the Lorde. Micah 2:6 Ye shal not prophecie [say they] to them that prophecie: they shal not prophecie to them, neither shall they take shame.

A reproof of injustice and idolatry.

Micah 2:7 O thou that art named the house of Iacob, is the spirite of the Lorde shortened? are these his workes? are not my words good vnto him that walketh vprightly? Micah 2:8 But he that was yesterday my people, is rysen vp on the other side [as] against an enemie: they spoyle the beawtifull garment from them that passe by peaceably, as though they returned from the warre. Micah 2:9 The women of my people haue ye shut out from their pleasaunt houses, and taken away myne excellent giftes from their children. Micah 2:10 Up, get you hence, for here shall ye haue no rest: because [the lande] is defiled, it shall destroy [you] which vtter destruction. Micah 2:11 If a man walke in the spirite, and would lye falsely [saying] I wyl prophecie to thee of wine and strong drinke: that were a prophete for this people.

A promise of restoring Jacob.

Micah 2:12 I wyll surely gather thee wholly O Iacob, I wyll surely gather the remnaunt of Israel, I wyll put them together as the sheepe of Bozra, as the flocke in the middest of their folde, they shall make great noyse by reason of the [multitude] of men. Micah 2:13 The breaker shall come vp before them, they shall breake out, and passe by the gate, and go out by it: and their king shall go before them, and the Lorde shalbe vpon their heades.

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