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Micah 6:10-12

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6:10 “I will not overlook, 1  O sinful house, the dishonest gain you have hoarded away, 2 

or the smaller-than-standard measure I hate so much. 3 

6:11 I do not condone the use of rigged scales,

or a bag of deceptive weights. 4 

6:12 The city’s rich men think nothing of resorting to violence; 5 

her inhabitants lie, 6 

their tongues speak deceptive words. 7 

1 tn The meaning of the first Hebrew word in the line is unclear. Possibly it is a combination of the interrogative particle and אִשׁ (’ish), an alternate form of יֵשׁ (yesh, “there is/are”). One could then translate literally, “Are there treasures of sin [in] the house of the sinful?” The translation assumes an emendation to הַאֶשֶּׁה (haesheh, from נָשָׁא, nasha’, “to forget”), “Will I forget?” The rhetorical question expects an answer, “No, I will not forget.”

2 tn Heb “the treasures of sin”; NASB “treasures of wickedness”; NIV “ill-gotten treasures.”

3 tn Heb “the accursed scant measure.”

sn Merchants would use a smaller than standard measure so they could give the customer less than he thought he was paying for.

4 tn Heb “Do I acquit sinful scales, and a bag of deceptive weights?” The rhetorical question expects an answer, “No, I do not,” and has been translated as a declarative statement for clarity and emphasis.

sn Merchants also used rigged scales and deceptive weights to cheat their customers. See the note at Amos 8:5.

5 tn Heb “because her rich are full of violence.”

6 tn Heb “speak lies.”

7 tn Heb “and their tongue is deceptive in their mouth.”



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