Micah 7:1-9

Micah 7:1-9

I’m overwhelmed with sorrow!
  sunk in a swamp of despair!
I’m like someone who goes to the garden
  to pick cabbages and carrots and corn
And returns empty-handed,
  finds nothing for soup or sandwich or salad.
There’s not a decent person in sight.
  Right-living humans are extinct.
They’re all out for one another’s blood,
  animals preying on each other.
They’ve all become experts in evil.
  Corrupt leaders demand bribes.
The powerful rich
  make sure they get what they want.
The best and brightest are thistles.
  The top of the line is crabgrass.
But no longer: It’s exam time.
  Look at them slinking away in disgrace!
Don’t trust your neighbor,
  don’t confide in your friend.
Watch your words,
  even with your spouse.
Neighborhoods and families are falling to pieces.
  The closer they are-sons, daughters, in-laws-
The worse they can be.
  Your own family is the enemy.But me, I’m not giving up.
  I’m sticking around to see what God will do.
I’m waiting for God to make things right.
  I’m counting on God to listen to me.

Don’t, enemy, crow over me.
  I’m down, but I’m not out.
I’m sitting in the dark right now,
  but God is my light.
I can take God’s punishing rage.
  I deserve it-I sinned.
But it’s not forever. He’s on my side
  and is going to get me out of this.
He’ll turn on the lights and show me his ways.
  I’ll see the whole picture and how right he is.

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