Micah 6

The Indictment of the Lord

1 Hear now what the LORD says:
"Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
And let the hills hear your voice.
2 a Hear, O you mountains, b the LORD's complaint,
And you strong foundations of the earth;
For c the LORD has a complaint against His people,
And He will 1 contend with Israel.

3 "O My people, what d have I done to you?
And how have I e wearied you?
Testify against Me.
4 f For I brought you up from the land of Egypt,
I redeemed you from the house of bondage;
And I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O My people, remember now
What g Balak king of Moab counseled,
And what Balaam the son of Beor answered him,
From 2 Acacia Grove to Gilgal,
That you may know h the righteousness of the LORD."

What Does the Lord Require?

6 With what shall I come before the LORD,
And bow myself before the High God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
7 i Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams,
Ten thousand j rivers of oil?
k Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
3 The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has l shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But m to do justly,
To love 4 mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

Destruction of the Wicked

9 The LORD's voice cries to the city -
Wisdom shall see Your name:
"Hear the rod!
Who has appointed it?
10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness
In the house of the wicked,
And the short measure that is an abomination?
11 Shall I count pure those with n the wicked scales,
And with the bag of deceitful weights?
12 For her rich men are full of o violence,
Her inhabitants have spoken lies,
And p their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
13 "Therefore I will also q make you sick by striking you,
By making you desolate because of your sins.
14 r You shall eat, but not be satisfied;
5 Hunger shall be in your midst.
6 You may carry some away, but shall not save them;
And what you do rescue I will give over to the sword.
15 "You shall s sow, but not reap;
You shall tread the olives, but not anoint yourselves with oil;
And make sweet wine, but not drink wine.
16 For the statutes of t Omri are u kept;
All the works of Ahab's house are done;
And you walk in their counsels,
That I may make you a 7 desolation,
And your inhabitants a hissing.
Therefore you shall bear the v reproach of 8 My people."

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 50:1
    The Mighty One, God the LORD, Has spoken and called the earth From the rising of the sun to its going down.
    Psalms 50:4
    He shall call to the heavens from above, And to the earth, that He may judge His people:
  2. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:18
    Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
    Hosea 12:2
    The LORD also brings a charge against Judah, And will punish Jacob according to his ways; According to his deeds He will recompense him.
  3. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:18
    Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 5:4
    What more could have been done to My vineyard That I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, Did it bring forth wild grapes?
    Jeremiah 2:5
    Thus says the LORD: "What injustice have your fathers found in Me, That they have gone far from Me, Have followed idols, And have become idolaters?
    Jeremiah 2:31
    O generation, see the word of the LORD! Have I been a wilderness to Israel, Or a land of darkness? Why do My people say, 'We are lords; We will come no more to You'?
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 43:22
    But you have not called upon Me, O Jacob; And you have been weary of Me, O Israel.
    Isaiah 43:23
    You have not brought Me the sheep for your burnt offerings, Nor have you honored Me with your sacrifices. I have not caused you to serve with grain offerings, Nor wearied you with incense.
    Malachi 1:13
    You also say, 'Oh, what a weariness!' And you sneer at it," Says the LORD of hosts. "And you bring the stolen, the lame, and the sick; Thus you bring an offering! Should I accept this from your hand?" Says the LORD.
  6. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:20
    But the LORD has taken you and brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be His people, an inheritance, as you are this day.
  7. Cross References
    Numbers 22:5
    Then he sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor, which is near the River in the land of the sons of his people, to call him, saying: "Look, a people has come from Egypt. See, they cover the face of the earth, and are settling next to me!
    Numbers 22:6
    "Therefore please come at once, curse this people for me, for they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I shall be able to defeat them and drive them out of the land, for I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed."
    Joshua 24:9
    Then Balak the son of Zippor, king of Moab, arose to make war against Israel, and sent and called Balaam the son of Beor to curse you.
  8. Cross References
    Judges 5:11
    Far from the noise of the archers, among the watering places, There they shall recount the righteous acts of the LORD, The righteous acts for His villagers in Israel; Then the people of the LORD shall go down to the gates.
  9. Cross References
    Psalms 50:9
    I will not take a bull from your house, Nor goats out of your folds.
    Isaiah 1:11
    To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices to Me?" Says the LORD. "I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams And the fat of fed cattle. I do not delight in the blood of bulls, Or of lambs or goats.
  10. Cross References
    Job 29:6
    When my steps were bathed with cream, And the rock poured out rivers of oil for me!
  11. Cross References
    Leviticus 18:21
    And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.
    Leviticus 20:1 - 5
    Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying.
    2 Kings 16:3
    But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel; indeed he made his son pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the nations whom the LORD had cast out from before the children of Israel.
    Jeremiah 7:31
    And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, nor did it come into My heart.
    Ezekiel 23:37
    For they have committed adultery, and blood is on their hands. They have committed adultery with their idols, and even sacrificed their sons whom they bore to Me, passing them through the fire, to devour them.
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 10:12
    And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
    1 Samuel 15:22
    So Samuel said: "Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, As in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams.
    Hosea 6:6
    For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.
    Hosea 12:6
    So you, by the help of your God, return; Observe mercy and justice, And wait on your God continually.
  13. Cross References
    Genesis 18:19
    "For I have known him, in order that he may command his children and his household after him, that they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteousness and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him."
    Isaiah 1:17
    Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow.
  14. Cross References
    Leviticus 19:36
    You shall have honest scales, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin: I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt.
    Hosea 12:7
    A cunning Canaanite! Deceitful scales are in his hand; He loves to oppress.
  15. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:23
    Your princes are rebellious, And companions of ...
    Isaiah 5:7
    For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the ho...
    Amos 6:3
    Woe to you who put far off the day of doom, Who...
    Amos 6:4
    Who lie on beds of ivory, Stretch out on your c...
    Micah 2:1
    Woe to those who devise iniquity, And work out ...
    Micah 2:2
    They covet fields and take them by violence, Al...
  16. Cross References
    Jeremiah 9:2 - 6
    Oh, that I had in the wilderness A lodging place for travelers; That I might leave my people, And go from them! For they are all adulterers, An assembly of treacherous men.
    Jeremiah 9:8
    Their tongue is an arrow shot out; It speaks deceit; One speaks peaceably to his neighbor with his mouth, But in his heart he lies in wait.
    Hosea 7:13
    Woe to them, for they have fled from Me! Destruction to them, Because they have transgressed against Me! Though I redeemed them, Yet they have spoken lies against Me.
    Amos 2:4
    Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because they have despised the law of the LORD, And have not kept His commandments. Their lies lead them astray, Lies which their fathers followed.
  17. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:16
    I also will do this to you: I will even appoint terror over you, wasting disease and fever which shall consume the eyes and cause sorrow of heart. And you shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
    Psalms 107:17
    Fools, because of their transgression, And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
  18. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:26
    When I have cut off your supply of bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and they shall bring back your bread by weight, and you shall eat and not be satisfied.
  19. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 28:38 - 40
    You shall carry much seed out to the field but gather little in, for the locust shall consume it.
    Amos 5:11
    Therefore, because you tread down the poor And take grain taxes from him, Though you have built houses of hewn stone, Yet you shall not dwell in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, But you shall not drink wine from them.
    Zephaniah 1:13
    Therefore their goods shall become booty, And their houses a desolation; They shall build houses, but not inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards, but not drink their wine.
    Haggai 1:6
    "You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes."
  20. Cross References
    1 Kings 16:25
    Omri did evil in the eyes of the LORD, and did worse than all who were before him.
    1 Kings 16:26
    For he walked in all the ways of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, and in his sin by which he had made Israel sin, provoking the LORD God of Israel to anger with their idols.
  21. Cross References
    1 Kings 16:30
    Now Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD, more than all who were before him.
    1 Kings 21:25
    But there was no one like Ahab who sold himself to do wickedness in the sight of the LORD, because Jezebel his wife stirred him up.
    1 Kings 21:26
    And he behaved very abominably in following idols, according to all that the Amorites had done, whom the LORD had cast out before the children of Israel.
    2 Kings 21:3
    For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; he raised up altars for Baal, and made a wooden image, as Ahab king of Israel had done; and he worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.
    Hosea 5:11
    Ephraim is oppressed and broken in judgment, Because he willingly walked by human precept.
  22. Cross References
    Isaiah 25:8
    He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from all faces; The rebuke of His people He will take away from all the earth; For the LORD has spoken.
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