July 1, 2012: Micah 2:1-7,3:9-12 (Paul Anderson)

(Micah 2:1-7, New International Version)
 1 Woe to those who plan iniquity,
   to those who plot evil on their beds!
At morning’s light they carry it out
   because it is in their power to do it.
2 They covet fields and seize them,
   and houses, and take them.
They defraud people of their homes,
   they rob them of their inheritance.

 3 Therefore, the LORD says:

   “I am planning disaster against this people,
   from which you cannot save yourselves.
You will no longer walk proudly,
   for it will be a time of calamity.
4 In that day people will ridicule you;
   they will taunt you with this mournful song:
‘We are utterly ruined;
   my people’s possession is divided up.
He takes it from me!
   He assigns our fields to traitors.’”

 5 Therefore you will have no one in the assembly of the LORD
   to divide the land by lot.  6 “Do not prophesy,” their prophets say.
   “Do not prophesy about these things;
   disgrace will not overtake us.”
7 You descendants of Jacob, should it be said,
   “Does the LORD become impatient?
   Does he do such things?”

   “Do not my words do good
   to the one whose ways are upright?
(Micah 3:9-12, New International Version)

 9 Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,
   you rulers of Israel,
who despise justice
   and distort all that is right;
10 who build Zion with bloodshed,
   and Jerusalem with wickedness.
11 Her leaders judge for a bribe,
   her priests teach for a price,
   and her prophets tell fortunes for money.
Yet they look for the LORD’s support and say,
   “Is not the LORD among us?
   No disaster will come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you,
   Zion will be plowed like a field,
Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,
   the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.