Destruction of the Wicked

Micah 6

9 The voice of the Lord cries to the city -
and it is sound wisdom to fear h your name:
"Hear of i the rod and of him who appointed it! 1
10 Can I forget any longer the treasures 2 of wickedness in the house of the wicked,
and the scant measure that is accursed?
11 Shall I acquit the man j with wicked scales
and with a bag of deceitful weights?
12 Your 3 rich men are k full of violence;
your inhabitants l speak lies,
and m their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
13 Therefore I strike you with a grievous blow,
n making you desolate because of your sins.
14 o You shall eat, but not be satisfied,
and there shall be hunger within you;
you shall put away, but not preserve,
and what you preserve I will give to the sword.
15 p You shall sow, but not reap;
you shall tread olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;
you shall tread grapes, but not drink wine.
16 For you have kept the statutes of q Omri, 4
and all the works of the house of r Ahab;
and you have walked in their counsels,
that I may make you s a desolation, and your 5 inhabitants s a hissing;
so you shall bear t the scorn of my people."

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 30:27
    Behold, the name of the Lord comes from afar, burning with his anger, and in thick rising smoke; his lips are full of fury, and his tongue is like a devouring fire.
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 10:5
    Ah, Assyria, the rod of my anger; the staff in their hands is my fury!
    Isaiah 30:32
    And every stroke of the appointed staff that the Lord lays on them will be to the sound of tambourines and lyres. Battling with brandished arm, he will fight with them.
  3. Cross References
    Hosea 12:7
    A merchant, in whose hands are false balances, he loves to oppress.
  4. Cross References
    Amos 3:10
    "They do not know how to do right," declares the Lord, "those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds."
    Habakkuk 1:2 - 3
    O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save?
  5. Cross References
    Hosea 7:13
    Woe to them, for they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, for they have rebelled against me! I would redeem them, but they speak lies against me.
  6. Cross References
    Jeremiah 9:8
    Their tongue is a deadly arrow; it speaks deceitfully; with his mouth each speaks peace to his neighbor, but in his heart he plans an ambush for him.
  7. Cross References
    Micah 7:13
    But the earth will be desolate because of its inhabitants, for the fruit of their deeds.
  8. Cross References
    Hosea 4:10
    They shall eat, but not be satisfied; they shall play the whore, but not multiply, because they have forsaken the Lord to cherish
  9. Cross References
    Zephaniah 1:13
    Their goods shall be plundered, and their houses laid waste. Though they build houses, they shall not inhabit them; though they plant vineyards, they shall not drink wine from them.
    Haggai 1:6
    You have sown much, and harvested little. You eat, but you never have enough; you drink, but you never have your fill. You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm. And he who earns wages does so to put them into a bag with holes.
  10. Cross References
    1 Kings 16:25 - 26
    Omri did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, and did more evil than all who were before him.
    Micah 1:13
    Harness the steeds to the chariots, inhabitants of Lachish; it was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion, for in you were found the transgressions of Israel.
  11. Cross References
    1 Kings 16:30 - 33
    And Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the Lord, more than all who were before him.
    1 Kings 21:25 - 26
    ( There was none who sold himself to do what was evil in the sight of the Lord like Ahab, whom Jezebel his wife incited.
  12. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 29:8
    Therefore the wrath of the Lord came on Judah and Jerusalem, and he has made them an object of horror, of astonishment, and of hissing, as you see with your own eyes.
  13. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 29:8
    Therefore the wrath of the Lord came on Judah and Jerusalem, and he has made them an object of horror, of astonishment, and of hissing, as you see with your own eyes.
  14. Cross References
    Isaiah 25:8
    He will swallow up death forever; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces, and the reproach of his people he will take away from all the earth, for the Lord has spoken.
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