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Micah 2:1-3

Land Robbers Will Lose their Land

2:1 Those who devise sinful plans are as good as dead, 1 

those who dream about doing evil as they lie in bed. 2 

As soon as morning dawns they carry out their plans, 3 

because they have the power to do so.

2:2 They confiscate the fields they desire,

and seize the houses they want. 4 

They defraud people of their homes, 5 

and deprive people of the land they have inherited. 6 

2:3 Therefore the Lord says this: “Look, I am devising disaster for this nation! 7 

It will be like a yoke from which you cannot free your neck. 8 

You will no longer 9  walk proudly,

for it will be a time of catastrophe.

1 tn Heb “Woe to those who plan sin.” The Hebrew term הוֹי (hoy, “woe”; “ah”) was a cry used in mourning the dead.

2 tn Heb “those who do evil upon their beds.”

3 tn Heb “at the light of morning they do it.”

4 tn Heb “they desire fields and rob [them], and houses and take [them] away.”

5 tn Heb “and they oppress a man and his home.”

6 tn Heb “and a man and his inheritance.” The verb עָשַׁק (’ashaq, “to oppress”; “to wrong”) does double duty in the parallel structure and is understood by ellipsis in the second line.

7 tn Heb “clan” or “extended family.”

8 tn Heb “from which you will not remove your neck.” The words “It will be like a yoke” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

9 tn Or “you will not.”

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