Micah 6 New American Standard Bible

The LORD's Controversy with Israel

6 1  Hear now what the Lord is saying , "Arise , plead your case before the mountains , And let the hills hear your voice . 2  "Listen , you mountains , to the indictment of the Lord , And you enduring foundations of the earth , Because the Lord has a case against His people ; Even with Israel He will dispute . 3  " My people , what have I done to you, And how have I wearied you? Answer Me. 4  "Indeed , I brought you up from the land of Egypt And ransomed you from the house of slavery , And I sent before you Moses , Aaron and Miriam . 5  "My people , remember now What Balak king of Moab counseled And what Balaam son of Beor answered him, And from Shittim to Gilgal , So that you might know the righteous acts of the Lord ."

What the LORD Requires

6  With what shall I come to the Lord And bow myself before the God on high ? Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings , With yearling calves ? 7  Does the Lord take delight in thousands of rams , In ten thousand rivers of oil ? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts , The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul ? 8  He has told you, O man , what is good ; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice , to love kindness , And to walk humbly with your God ?

9  The voice of the Lord will call to the city - And it is sound wisdom to fear Your name : "Hear , O tribe . Who has appointed its time? 10  "Is there yet a man in the wicked house , Along with treasures of wickedness And a short measure that is cursed ? 11  "Can I justify wicked scales And a bag of deceptive weights ? 12  "For the rich men of the city are full of violence , Her residents speak lies , And their tongue is deceitful in their mouth . 13  "So also I will make you sick , striking you down , Desolating you because of your sins . 14  "You will eat , but you will not be satisfied , And your vileness will be in your midst . You will try to remove for safekeeping, But you will not preserve anything, And what you do preserve I will give to the sword . 15  "You will sow but you will not reap . You will tread the olive but will not anoint yourself with oil ; And the grapes , but you will not drink wine . 16  "The statutes of Omri And all the works of the house of Ahab are observed ; And in their devices you walk . Therefore I will give you up for destruction And your inhabitants for derision , And you will bear the reproach of My people ."

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