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Micah 6:8


6:8 He has told you, O man, what is good,

and what the Lord really wants from you: 1 

He wants you to 2  promote 3  justice, to be faithful, 4 

and to live obediently before 5  your God.

1 Peter 5:6

5:6 And God will exalt you in due time, 6  if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand 7 

1 sn What the Lord really wants from you. Now the prophet switches roles and answers the hypothetical worshiper’s question. He makes it clear that the Lord desires proper attitudes more than ritual and sacrifice.

2 tn Heb “except.” This statement is actually linked with what precedes, “What does he want from you except….”

3 tn Heb “to do,” in the sense of “promote.”

4 tn Heb “to love faithfulness.”

5 tn Heb “to walk humbly [or perhaps, “carefully”] with.”

6 tn Grk “in time,” but connoting “the proper time, when the time is right” as in Matt 24:45; Luke 12:42.

7 tn Grk “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that in due time he may exalt you.” The sentence was rearranged so that the English reader could more clearly see the connection between “casting” (v. 7) and “humble” (v. 6).

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