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Chapter 6



1: Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let thehills hear thy voice.

2: Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD's controversy, and ye strong foundations of theearth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead withIsrael.

3: O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify againstme.

4: For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants;and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.

5: O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.

6: Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burntofferings, with calves of a year old?

7: Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8: He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walkhumbly with thy God?

9: The LORD's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see thyname: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.

10: Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?

11: Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?

12: For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.

13: Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.

14: Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.

15: Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweetwine, but shalt not drink wine.

16: For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.
Micah 7