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Micah 2:2-4 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

[a]You covet fields, and seize them;
    houses, and take them;
You cheat owners of their houses,
    people of their inheritance.

    Therefore thus says the Lord:
Look, I am planning against this family an evil
    from which you cannot free your necks;
Nor shall you walk with head held high,
    for it will be an evil time.
On that day you shall be mocked,
    and there will be bitter lament:
“Our ruin is complete,
    our fields are divided among our captors,
The fields of my people are measured out,
    and no one can get them back!”[b]

Footnotes:

  1. 2:2

    To covet the “house” and other property of the neighbor was a violation of the Decalogue (Ex 20:17; 34:24; Dt 5:21).

    The Lord, as owner of the earth, allotted the land by tribes and families to the people of Israel (Jos 13–19). Losing one’s inheritance diminished one’s place in the community and threatened the family’s economic viability and existence. According to Micah, those who used their power to expand their estates at the expense of weaker Israelites took more than land from them: they were tampering with the divine order.

  2. 2:4 Those who take land from the less powerful will in turn have their land taken away by invaders.
New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

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