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Micah 6:1

The Lord Demands Justice, not Ritual

6:1 Listen to what the Lord says:

“Get up! Defend yourself 1  before the mountains! 2 

Present your case before the hills!” 3 

Micah 6:3


6:3 “My people, how have I wronged you? 4 

How have I wearied you? Answer me!

1 tn Or “plead your case” (NASB, NIV, NRSV); NAB “present your plea”; NLT “state your case.”

sn Defend yourself. The Lord challenges Israel to defend itself against the charges he is bringing.

2 sn As in some ancient Near Eastern treaties, the mountains are personified as legal witnesses that will settle the dispute between God and Israel.

3 tn Heb “let the hills hear your voice.”

4 tn Heb “My people, what have I done to you?”

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