Micah 7:1–7 (NKJV)

7:1 Woe is me!

For I am like those who gather summer fruits,

Like those who glean vintage grapes;

There is no cluster to eat

Of the first-ripe fruit which my soul desires.

2 The faithful man has perished from the earth,

And there is no one upright among men.

They all lie in wait for blood;

Every man hunts his brother with a net.

3 That they may successfully do evil with both hands—

The prince asks for gifts,

The judge seeks a bribe,

And the great man utters his evil desire;

So they scheme together.

4 The best of them is like a brier;

The most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge;

The day of your watchman and your punishment comes;

Now shall be their perplexity.

5 Do not trust in a friend;

Do not put your confidence in a companion;

Guard the doors of your mouth

From her who lies in your bosom.

6 For son dishonors father,

Daughter rises against her mother,

Daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;

A man’s enemies are the men of his own household.

7 Therefore I will look to the Lord;

I will wait for the God of my salvation;

My God will hear me.

This passage describes the depth of Israel’s sins.  They have engaged in bribery, extortion, unfaithfulness, dishonor, violence, division, and untrustworthiness.  The nation has forgotten its unity and purpose under the leadership of Almighty God.  In its carelessness, it has drawn the ire of a holy God.  But Micah reaches out in hope in the last verse: “I will wait for the God of my salvation; My God will hear me.”  Follow the wisdom of Micah, and wait for the Lord in the midst of your trouble.

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