Micah 7

1 Woe is me! For I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage; there is no cluster to eat; my soul desired the firstripe fruit.

2 The good man has perished out of the earth; and there is none upright among men; they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.

3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire; so they wrap it up.

4 The best of them is as a brier; the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge; the day of your watchmen and your visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.

5 Trust you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide; keep the doors of your mouth from her that lieth in your bosom.

6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.

7 Therefore I will look unto יהוה; I will wait for the God (Elohim) of my salvation; my God (Elohim) will hear me.

8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, יהוה shall be a light unto me.

9 I will bear the indignation of יהוה, because I have sinned against Him, until He plead my cause, and execute judgment for me. He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteousness.

10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, “Where is יהוה your God (Elohim)?” Mine eyes shall behold her; now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.

11 In the day that your walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.

12 In that day also he shall come even to you from Assyria (Ashshur), and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.

13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.

14 Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel; let them feed in Bashan and Gilad, as in the days of old.

15 “According to the days of your coming out of the land of Egypt (Mitsrayim) will I shew unto him marvellous things.”

16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might; they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.

17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth; they shall be afraid of יהוה our God (Elohim), and shall fear because of you.

18 Who is a God (Elohim) like unto You, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger forever, because He delighteth in mercy.

19 He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and You wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

20 You wilt perform the truth to Jacob (Yaaqov), and the mercy to Avraham, which You have sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.