Israel's people are very bad, but Micah still believes God
I am like someone who comes to trees with no fruit on them.
Other people have picked the fruit already.
So I am like those people who can only pick the last
Those are the grapes that other people leave behind.
Really, there are no grapes there to eat.
There are none of the first
There are no good, honest people.
Everyone is waiting to kill someone else.
They are all like hunters, who try to catch each other.
Rulers demand gifts and
Powerful bad people always get what they want.
All these people work together to do what is bad.
The most honest of them are worse than thorn bushes.
The bad time that your
Soon God will
and you will be confused.
You cannot be sure that your friend will always be honest with you.
Be careful what you say to your wife.
Be careful even when you are hugging her.
And daughters refuse to obey their mothers.
Wives quarrel with their husbands' mothers.
A man's enemies are the people who live in his own house now.
I will wait for God, who saves me.
I know that he hears me.
Israel's enemies will be ashamed
I have fallen down, but I will get up.
I am in the dark, but the Lord will be a light to me.
so he is angry with me.
He will continue to
until the time when he speaks for me.
Then he will make things right for me.
He will bring me out into the light.
He always does what is really right.
And I will see that then.
They will see what God does for me.
Then they will be very ashamed.
And I will see the bad things that happen to them.
Soon other people will
Then they will be like wet ground in the streets under people's feet.
Jerusalem will be great again
You will make the borders of your country much wider then.
People will come to you from the countries between Egypt and the River Euphrates.
They will come to you from all over the earth,
from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.
God will destroy them because of the people who live there.
Those people have done what is bad.
Micah talks to God
You are like a man who leads his sheep.
He uses a strong stick to lead them.
We are your own special people.
We are like a group of sheep that lives by itself in a forest.
There is good grass all round them.
Let your sheep eat grass in Bashan and Gilead,
as they did a long time ago.
when you brought us out of the land of Egypt.
Do great things like that again.
They will understand that they are not really powerful.
So then they will be ashamed.
They will be like
They will be afraid and they will eat
They will come carefully out of their safe places,
because they are afraid of you, the Lord our God.
You chose us to be your people.
And you decide not to remember what we have done wrong.
Not many of your people remain and we have done bad things.
But you choose to forget those bad things.
You will not always be angry,
because you want very much to be kind.
You will remove everything that we have done wrong.
You will throw all of them into the deep sea.
because we are Jacob's and Abraham's people.
That is what you promised to our grandfathers a long time ago.