Micah 7 ©

1 The church complaining of the scarcity of good men, 3 and the general corruption, 5 putteth not confidence in man, but in God. 8 She triumpheth in hopes of restoration after affliction. 14 She prayeth to God: 15 God answereth her with promises of confounding her enemies. 18 God's mercies to his people.


WOE is me! for aI am as 1when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the *vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired bthe firstripe fruit.


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


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

e Ps. 82.1,2.

The best of them is fas a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: gthe day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.


hTrust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.


For ithe 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.


jTherefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God kwill hear me.


lRejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; mwhen I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.


nI will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned against him, ountil he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: phe will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.


4Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and qshame shall cover her which said unto me, rWhere is the LORD thy God? smine eyes shall behold her: now 5shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.


tIn the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.


In that day also uhe shall come even to thee from Assyria, 6and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.


7Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, vfor the fruit of their doings.


8Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which wdwell solitarily in the wood, xin the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.


yAccording to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.


zThe nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: athey shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.


They shall lick the bdust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like 9worms of the earth: cthey shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.


dWho is a God like unto thee, that epardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of fthe remnant of his heritage? he gretaineth not his anger for ever, because he hdelighteth in mercy.


iHe will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; jhe will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt kcast all their sins into the depths of the sea.


Thou lwilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, mwhich thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.