The Holy Bible : English > The book of Micah > Chapter 6

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1 Hear you now what The LORD says: Arise, contend you before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.

2 Hear, you mountains, The LORD`s controversy, and you enduring foundations of the earth; for The LORD has a controversy with his people, and he will contend with Israel.

3 My people, what have I done to you? and in which have I wearied you? testify against me.

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

5 My people, remember now what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him; [remember] from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of The LORD.

6 How shall I come before The LORD, and bow myself before the high God? Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves 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 disobedience, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

8 He has showed you, man, what is good; and what does The LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

9 The voice of The LORD cries to the city, and [the man of] wisdom will see your name: hear you the rod, and who has appointed it.

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

11 Shall I be pure with wicked balances, and with a bag of deceitful weights?

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

13 Therefore I also have struck you with a grievous wound; I have made you desolate because of your sins.

14 You shall eat, but not be satisfied; and your humiliation shall be in the midst of you: and you shall put away, but shall not save; and that which you save will I give up to the sword.

15 You shall sow, but shall not reap; you shall tread the olives, but shall not anoint you with oil; and the vintage, but shall not drink the wine.

16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and you walk in their counsels; that I may make you a desolation, and the inhabitants of it a hissing: and you shall bear the reproach of my people.