Micah

Micah 2:6-11 No Rest For The Wicked.

The people regarded the prophets and preachers of the word with such disdain that they told them, “Do not prattle” (v. 6). As noted in the previous judgment, it came precisely because they were in covenant with the LORD, however even they could not shut the mouth of a prophet, because a true prophet speaks the words of the Spirit, which is not restricted (v. 7a). Furthermore, if they had humbled themselves they would have found that the LORD’s words ultimately “do good to him who walks uprightly” (v. 7b). Instead, some within the covenant community rose up as an enemy within (v. 8). The assault was also against the children of the covenant, the glory of the LORD (v. 9). For this reason the place where they stood would not remain their place of rest (v. 10). Even a false prophet speaking lies, saying exactly what this people would want to hear, would be told to stop prattling (v. 11).

“In this prophecy Micah defends his message against those who seek to silence him. Micah rebuffs their command to cease (v. 6). Then the Lord (sic) accuses the powerful of exploiting the defenceless (vv. 8, 9), and sentences them to exile because they have defiled the land (v. 10 Cf. Lev. 18:25). Finally, the people are condemned for desiring false prophets who would tell them what they wished to hear (v. 11 Cf. Is. 30:10; Jer. 5:30-31; II Tim. 4:3-4)” (Ibid. p.1425). The land robbers would be kicked out of the promised land of rest (Cf. Dt. 12:9). That which they sought to inflict on the innocent, they would suffer as those who were guilty of breaking covenantal law. “Like men returned from war” (v. 8), they were “expecting peace in their homeland where they felt most secure” (Ibid. p.1426), but instead they would be sent into exile.

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