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Micah - Chapter 7

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1Woe is me! I am become like leavings of a fig harvest, Like gleanings when the vintage is over, There is not a cluster to eat, Not a ripe fig I could desire.

al-LAI li KI ha-YI-ti k'-a-s'-PEI-KAI-yitz k'-o-l'-LOT ba-TZIR, AYN-esh-KOL le-E-khol bi-KU-rah i-vu-TAH naf-SHI.

אאַ֣לְלַי לִ֗י כִּ֤י הָיִ֙יתִי֙ כְּאׇסְפֵּי־קַ֔יִץ כְּעֹלְלֹ֖ת בָּצִ֑יר אֵין־אֶשְׁכּ֣וֹל לֶאֱכ֔וֹל בִּכּוּרָ֖ה אִוְּתָ֥ה נַפְשִֽׁי׃

2The pious are vanished from the land, None upright are left among men; All lie in wait to commit crimes, One traps the other in his net.

a-VAD kha-SEED min ha-A-retz v'-ya-SHAR ba-a-DAM a-YIN ku-LAM l'-da-MEEM ye-e-RO-vu EESH et a-KHEE-hu ya-TZU-du KHE-rem

באָבַ֤ד חָסִיד֙ מִן־הָאָ֔רֶץ וְיָשָׁ֥ר בָּאָדָ֖ם אָ֑יִן כֻּלָּם֙ לְדָמִ֣ים יֶאֱרֹ֔בוּ אִ֥ישׁ אֶת־אָחִ֖יהוּ יָצ֥וּדוּ חֵֽרֶם׃

3They are eager to do evil: The magistrate makes demands, And the judge [judges] for a fee; The rich man makes his crooked plea, And they grant it.

al-ha-RA ka-PA-yim l'-hei-TEEV ha-SAR sho-EL v'-ha-SHO-fet ba-shi-LUM v'-ha-ga-DOL DO-ver ha-VAT naf-SHO HU va-ya-a-B'-tu-HA

געַל־הָרַ֤ע כַּפַּ֙יִם֙ לְהֵיטִ֔יב הַשַּׂ֣ר שֹׁאֵ֔ל וְהַשֹּׁפֵ֖ט בַּשִּׁלּ֑וּם וְהַגָּד֗וֹל דֹּבֵ֨ר הַוַּ֥ת נַפְשׁ֛וֹ ה֖וּא וַֽיְעַבְּתֽוּהָ׃

4The best of them is like a prickly shrub; The [most] upright, worse than a barrier of thorns. On the day you waited for, your doom has come— Now their confusion shall come to pass.

דטוֹבָם כְּחֵדֶק יָשָׁר מִמְּסוּכָה יוֹם מְצַפֶּיךָ פְּקֻדָּתְךָ בָאָה עַתָּה תִהְיֶה מְבוּכָתָם׃

5Trust no friend, Rely on no intimate; Be guarded in speech With her who lies in your bosom.

al-ta-a-MI-nu b'-RE-a, al-tiv-t'-KHU b'-a-LUF, mi-SHO-khe-vet KHE-kha, sh'-MOR pit-KHEI-PI-kha

האַל־תַּאֲמִ֣ינֽוּ בְרֵ֔עַ אַֽל־תִּבְטְח֖וּ בְּאַלּ֑וּף מִשֹּׁכֶ֣בֶת חֵיקֶ֔ךָ שְׁמֹ֖ר פִּתְחֵי־פִֽיךָ׃

6For son spurns father, Daughter rises up against mother, Daughter-in-law against mother-in-law— A man's own household Are his enemies.

ki-ven m'-na-BEL av ba-TAH ka-MAH b'-i-MAH ka-LAH ba-cha-MO-tah oy-VAY ish an-SHAY vay-TO

וכִּי־בֵן֙ מְנַבֵּ֣ל אָ֔ב בַּ֚ת קָמָ֣ה בְאִמָּ֔הּ כַּלָּ֖ה בַּחֲמֹתָ֑הּ אֹיְבֵ֥י אִ֖ישׁ אַנְשֵׁ֥י בֵיתֽוֹ׃

7Yet I will look to Hashem, I will wait for the God who saves me, My Hashem will hear me.

va-a-NEE ba-do-NAI a-tza-PEH o-KHEE-lah lay-lo-HAY yish-EE, yish-ma-EY-nee e-lo-HAI

זוַֽאֲנִי֙ בַּיהֹוָ֣ה אֲצַפֶּ֔ה אוֹחִ֖ילָה לֵאלֹהֵ֣י יִשְׁעִ֑י יִשְׁמָעֵ֖נִי אֱלֹהָֽי׃

8Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy! Though I have fallen, I rise again; Though I sit in darkness, Hashem is my light.

al-tis-m'-KHEE o-yav-TEE LEE, KEE na-fal-TEE ka-m'-TEE, KEE e-SHEV ba-KHO-shekh, a-do-NAI ohr LEE.

חאַֽל־תִּשְׂמְחִ֤י אֹיַ֙בְתִּי֙ לִ֔י כִּ֥י נָפַ֖לְתִּי קָ֑מְתִּי כִּֽי־אֵשֵׁ֣ב בַּחֹ֔שֶׁךְ יְהֹוָ֖ה א֥וֹר לִֽי׃

9I must bear the anger of Hashem, Since I have sinned against Him, Until He champions my cause And upholds my claim. He will let me out into the light; I will enjoy vindication by Him.

ZA-AF a-do-NAI e-SA KI cha-ta-TEE LO, AD a-SHER ya-REEV ree-VEE v'-a-SA mish-PA-TEE yo-tzee-AY-NEE la-OR er-EH b'-tzid-ka-TO.

טזַ֤עַף יְהֹוָה֙ אֶשָּׂ֔א כִּ֥י חָטָ֖אתִי ל֑וֹ עַד֩ אֲשֶׁ֨ר יָרִ֤יב רִיבִי֙ וְעָשָׂ֣ה מִשְׁפָּטִ֔י יוֹצִיאֵ֣נִי לָא֔וֹר אֶרְאֶ֖ה בְּצִדְקָתֽוֹ׃

10When my enemy sees it, She shall be covered with shame, She who taunts me with “Where is He, Hashem your God?” My eyes shall behold her [downfall]; Lo, she shall be for trampling Like mud in the streets.

v'-te-RE o-ya-VE-ti u-te-KHA-se-ha bu-SHA ha-o-m'-RAH e-LAI a-YO a-do-NAI e-lo-HA-yikh, e-NAI tir-EI-nah BAH, a-TAH ti-HE-yeh l'-mir-MAS k'-TEET khu-TZOT

יוְתֵרֶ֤א אֹיַ֙בְתִּי֙ וּתְכַסֶּ֣הָ בוּשָׁ֔ה הָאֹמְרָ֣ה אֵלַ֔י אַיּ֖וֹ יְהֹוָ֣ה אֱלֹהָ֑יִךְ עֵינַי֙ תִּרְאֶ֣ינָּה בָּ֔הּ עַתָּ֛ה תִּהְיֶ֥ה לְמִרְמָ֖ס כְּטִ֥יט חוּצֽוֹת׃

11A day for mending your walls— That is a far-off day.

YOM li-v'-NOT g'-de-RA-yikh, YOM ha-HU yir-KHAK-khok.

יאי֖וֹם לִבְנ֣וֹת גְּדֵרָ֑יִךְ י֥וֹם הַה֖וּא יִרְחַק־חֹֽק׃

12This is rather a day when to you [Tramplers] will come streaming From Assyria and the towns of Egypt— From [every land from] Egypt to the Euphrates, From sea to sea and from mountain to mountain—

yoM HU v'-a-DE-kha ya-VO l'-mi-NI a-SHUR v'-a-REI ma-TZOR u-l'-mi-NI ma-TZOR v'-aD-na-HAR v'-YAM mi-YAM v'-har ha-HAR

יבי֥וֹם הוּא֙ וְעָדֶ֣יךָ יָב֔וֹא לְמִנִּ֥י אַשּׁ֖וּר וְעָרֵ֣י מָצ֑וֹר וּלְמִנִּ֤י מָצוֹר֙ וְעַד־נָהָ֔ר וְיָ֥ם מִיָּ֖ם וְהַ֥ר הָהָֽר׃

13And your land shall become a desolation— Because of those who dwell in it— As the fruit of their misdeeds.

v'-ha-Y'-ta ha-A-retz lish-MA-mah al yo-sh'-VE-ha mi-p'-REE ma-a-l'-LAY-hem.

יגוְהָיְתָ֥ה הָאָ֛רֶץ לִשְׁמָמָ֖ה עַל־יֹשְׁבֶ֑יהָ מִפְּרִ֖י מַעַלְלֵיהֶֽם׃

14Oh, shepherd Your people with Your staff, Your very own flock. May they who dwell isolated In a woodland surrounded by farmland Graze Bashan and Gilad As in olden days.

RE-ei aM'-KHA v'-shiv-TE-kha, tzoN na-kha-LA-te-kha, sho-KH'-nee le-va-DAHD, ya-AR b'-toKH kar-MEL, yir-U va-SHAN v'-gil-AHD, ki-MAY o-LAM.

ידרְעֵ֧ה עַמְּךָ֣ בְשִׁבְטֶ֗ךָ צֹ֚אן נַחֲלָתֶ֔ךָ שֹׁכְנִ֣י לְבָדָ֔ד יַ֖עַר בְּת֣וֹךְ כַּרְמֶ֑ל יִרְע֥וּ בָשָׁ֛ן וְגִלְעָ֖ד כִּימֵ֥י עוֹלָֽם׃

15I will show him wondrous deeds As in the days when You sallied forth from the land of Egypt.

ki-MAY tzei-t'-KHA me-E-retz mitz-RA-yim ar-E-nu nif-LA-ot

טוכִּימֵ֥י צֵאתְךָ֖ מֵאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרָ֑יִם אַרְאֶ֖נּוּ נִפְלָאֽוֹת׃

16Let nations behold and be ashamed Despite all their might; Let them put hand to mouth; Let their ears be deafened!

yir-U go-YIM v'-ye-BO-shu mi-KOL ge-vu-ra-TAM ya-see-MU yad al-PEH a-z'-NE-hem te-khe-ra-sh'-NAH

טזיִרְא֤וּ גוֹיִם֙ וְיֵבֹ֔שׁוּ מִכֹּ֖ל גְּבוּרָתָ֑ם יָשִׂ֤ימוּ יָד֙ עַל־פֶּ֔ה אׇזְנֵיהֶ֖ם תֶּחֱרַֽשְׁנָה׃

17Let them lick dust like snakes, Like crawling things on the ground! Let them come trembling out of their strongholds To Hashem our God; Let them fear and dread You!

Y'-la-kha-KHU a-FAR ka-NA-khash k'-zo-kha-LAY e-RETZ yir-G'-zu mi-mi-sgo-RO-tay-HEM el a-do-NAI e-lo-HAY-nu yif-KHA-du v'-yi-RA-u mi-ME-kha

יזיְלַחֲכ֤וּ עָפָר֙ כַּנָּחָ֔שׁ כְּזֹחֲלֵ֣י אֶ֔רֶץ יִרְגְּז֖וּ מִמִּסְגְּרֹֽתֵיהֶ֑ם אֶל־יְהֹוָ֤ה אֱלֹהֵ֙ינוּ֙ יִפְחָ֔דוּ וְיִֽרְא֖וּ מִמֶּֽךָּ׃

18Who is a Hashem like You, Forgiving iniquity And remitting transgression; Who has not maintained His wrath forever Against the remnant of His own people, Because He loves graciousness!

mee AYL ka-MO-kha no-SAY a-VON v'-o-VAYR al PE-sha lish-ay-REET na-kha-la-TO lo he-khe-ZEEK la-AD a-PO kee kha-FAYTZ KHE-sed HU

יחמִי־אֵ֣ל כָּמ֗וֹךָ נֹשֵׂ֤א עָוֺן֙ וְעֹבֵ֣ר עַל־פֶּ֔שַׁע לִשְׁאֵרִ֖ית נַחֲלָת֑וֹ לֹֽא־הֶחֱזִ֤יק לָעַד֙ אַפּ֔וֹ כִּֽי־חָפֵ֥ץ חֶ֖סֶד הֽוּא׃

7:18  Forgiving iniquity and remitting transgression

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Micha concludes his prophecies by declaring his belief in God’s loyalty to His people and His land. This verse echoes the thirteen attributes of mercy that God presented to Moshe after the sin of the golden calf (see Exodus 34:5-7). By recalling these attributes, the prophet also expresses his confidence in the people’s ability to repent and return. He is certain that in the future, they will be deserving of forgiveness and restoration to their land. Hashem will trample the sins of Israel underfoot and cast them into the sea, just as He cast Pharaoh’s chariots to the bottom of the sea so many years earlier.

19He will take us back in love; He will cover up our iniquities, You will hurl all our sins Into the depths of the sea.

ya-SHOV ye-ra-cha-ME-nu yikh-BOSH a-vo-NOT-ei-nu v'-tash-LIKH b'-m'-tzu-LOT yam kol-kha-to-OT-am

יטיָשׁ֣וּב יְרַחֲמֵ֔נוּ יִכְבֹּ֖שׁ עֲוֺנֹתֵ֑ינוּ וְתַשְׁלִ֛יךְ בִּמְצֻל֥וֹת יָ֖ם כׇּל־חַטֹּאותָֽם׃

20You will keep faith with Yaakov, Loyalty to Avraham, As You promised on oath to our fathers In days gone by.

ti-TEN e-MET l'-ya-a-KOV khe-SED l'-av-ra-HAM a-SHER nish-BA-ta la-a-vo-TAY-nu mi-MEY ke-DEM

כתִּתֵּ֤ן אֱמֶת֙ לְיַֽעֲקֹ֔ב חֶ֖סֶד לְאַבְרָהָ֑ם אֲשֶׁר־נִשְׁבַּ֥עְתָּ לַאֲבֹתֵ֖ינוּ מִ֥ימֵי קֶֽדֶם׃