New International Version

Micah 7:1-20

Israel’s Misery

1What misery is mine!

I am like one who gathers summer fruit

at the gleaning of the vineyard;

there is no cluster of grapes to eat,

none of the early figs that I crave.

2The faithful have been swept from the land;

not one upright person remains.

Everyone lies in wait to shed blood;

they hunt each other with nets.

3Both hands are skilled in doing evil;

the ruler demands gifts,

the judge accepts bribes,

the powerful dictate what they desire—

they all conspire together.

4The best of them is like a brier,

the most upright worse than a thorn hedge.

The day God visits you has come,

the day your watchmen sound the alarm.

Now is the time of your confusion.

5Do not trust a neighbor;

put no confidence in a friend.

Even with the woman who lies in your embrace

guard the words of your lips.

6For a son dishonors his father,

a daughter rises up against her mother,

a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—

a man’s enemies are the members of his own household.

7But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,

I wait for God my Savior;

my God will hear me.

Israel Will Rise

8Do not gloat over me, my enemy!

Though I have fallen, I will rise.

Though I sit in darkness,

the Lord will be my light.

9Because I have sinned against him,

I will bear the Lord’s wrath,

until he pleads my case

and upholds my cause.

He will bring me out into the light;

I will see his righteousness.

10Then my enemy will see it

and will be covered with shame,

she who said to me,

“Where is the Lord your God?”

My eyes will see her downfall;

even now she will be trampled underfoot

like mire in the streets.

11The day for building your walls will come,

the day for extending your boundaries.

12In that day people will come to you

from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,

even from Egypt to the Euphrates

and from sea to sea

and from mountain to mountain.

13The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants,

as the result of their deeds.

Prayer and Praise

14Shepherd your people with your staff,

the flock of your inheritance,

which lives by itself in a forest,

in fertile pasturelands.7:14 Or in the middle of Carmel

Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead

as in days long ago.

15“As in the days when you came out of Egypt,

I will show them my wonders.”

16Nations will see and be ashamed,

deprived of all their power.

They will put their hands over their mouths

and their ears will become deaf.

17They will lick dust like a snake,

like creatures that crawl on the ground.

They will come trembling out of their dens;

they will turn in fear to the Lord our God

and will be afraid of you.

18Who is a God like you,

who pardons sin and forgives the transgression

of the remnant of his inheritance?

You do not stay angry forever

but delight to show mercy.

19You will again have compassion on us;

you will tread our sins underfoot

and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.

20You will be faithful to Jacob,

and show love to Abraham,

as you pledged on oath to our ancestors

in days long ago.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

彌迦書 7:1-20

以色列的敗壞

1我真悲慘!

就像夏天的果子已被收盡,

葡萄已被摘淨,

找不到一串可吃的,

尋不見我心中渴望的初熟無花果。

2虔敬人已從大地上滅絕,

世間再沒有正直人。

人人伺機殺人流血,

用網羅獵取自己的弟兄。

3他們善於作惡。

領袖和審判官索要賄賂,

顯貴袒露心中的惡慾,朋比為奸。

4他們當中最好的不過是蒺藜,

最正直的也不過是荊棘籬笆。

你們的守望者所說的日子,

就是你們受懲罰的日子已經來到。

你們必驚慌失措。

5不要相信鄰居,

不要信賴朋友,

即使對你懷中的妻子也要守口如瓶。

6因為兒子藐視父親,

女兒與母親作對,

媳婦與婆婆作對;

家人之間反目成仇。

7至於我,

我要仰望耶和華,

等候拯救我的上帝;

我的上帝必垂聽我的祈求。

8我的仇敵啊,

你們不要對我幸災樂禍!

我雖跌倒,但必再爬起來;

我雖坐在黑暗裡,

但耶和華必做我的光。

9我得罪了耶和華,

所以要忍受祂的懲罰,

直到祂為我辯護,替我伸冤。

祂必領我進入光明,

我必親睹祂的公義。

10從前嘲笑我說「你的上帝耶和華在哪裡」的仇敵看見這事,

都必滿面羞愧。

我必親眼看見他們遭到報應,

他們要像街上的泥土一樣被人踐踏。

11以色列啊,

終有一日你會重建自己的城牆。

到那日,你必擴張自己的疆域。

12那日,從亞述埃及的各城,

埃及幼發拉底河,

從天涯到海角7·12 從天涯到海角」希伯來文是「從海到海,從山到山」。

人們都要到你這裡來。

13然而,大地要因地上居民的罪惡而荒涼。

14耶和華啊,

求你用你的杖牧放屬於你的羊群,

就是你的子民。

他們獨自居住在叢林中,

住在肥沃的田園間。

願他們像從前一樣在巴珊基列吃草。

15耶和華說:

「我要向他們顯出神蹟奇事,

就像他們離開埃及時一樣。」

16列國看見這一切,

都必因自己勢力衰微而羞愧,

都必用手捂口,耳朵變聾。

17他們要像蛇一樣舔土,

又如地上的爬蟲,

戰戰兢兢地走出營寨;

他們必畏懼我們的上帝耶和華,

他們必對你充滿恐懼。

18有何神明像你一樣赦免罪惡,

饒恕你倖存子民的過犯?

你不會永遠發怒,

因為你樂於施恩。

19你必再憐憫我們,

將我們的罪惡踐踏在腳下,

把我們的一切過犯拋進深海。

20你必按古時給我們列祖的誓言,

以信實待雅各

以慈愛待亞伯拉罕