The wicked people said, “Do not preach,” but whatever God needs to say to us we can be sure we need to hear.

Scripture: Micah 2:1-13

ESV Text: Micah 2:1-13


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 2

     1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand. 2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage. 3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil. 4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields. 5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.

     6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame. 7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly? 8 Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war. 9 The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever. 10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction. 11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.

     12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men. 13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head of them.(KJV)


The Tenth Commandment

You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his workers, nor his animals, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.

What does this mean?

We should fear and love God that we do not sinfully desire to use tricks or force, or do anything that might cause our neighbor to lose his wife, workers, or animals; but we should urge them to stay and do their duty.


Hymn: TLH 287:
That Man a Godly Life Might Live

— Organ Audio

1. That man a Godly life might live, 
God did these Ten Commandments give 
By His true servant Moses, high 
Upon the Mount Sinai. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

2. I am thy God and Lord alone, 
No other God beside Me own; 
Put thy whole confidence in Me 
And love Me e’er cordially. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

3. By idle word and speech profane 
Take not My holy name in vain 
And praise but that as good and true 
Which I Myself say and do. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

4. Hallow the day which God hath blest 
That thou and all thy house may rest; 
Keep hand and heart from labor free 
That God may so work in thee. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

5. Give to thy parents honor due, 
Be dutiful, and loving, too, 
And help them when their strength decays, 
So shalt thou have length of days. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

6. In sinful wrath thou shalt not kill 
Nor hate nor render ill for ill; 
Be patient and of gentle mood, 
And to thy foe do thou good. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

7. Be faithful to thy marriage vows, 
Thy heart give only to thy spouse; 
Thy life keep pure, and lest thou sin, 
Use temperance and discipline. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

8. Steal not; all usury abhor 
Nor wring their life-blood from the poor, 
But open wide thy loving hand 
To all the poor in the land. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

9. Bear not false witness nor belie 
Thy neighbor by foul calumny. 
Defend his innocence from blame; 
With charity hide his shame. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

10. Thy neighbor’s house desire thou not, 
His wife, nor aught that he hath got, 
But wish that his such good may be 
As thy heart doth wish for thee. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

11. God these commandments gave therein 
To show thee, child of man, thy sin 
And make thee also well perceive 
How man unto God should live. 
Have mercy, Lord! 

12. Help us, Lord Jesus Christ, for we 
A Mediator have in Thee; 
Our works cannot salvation gain; 
Thy merit but endless pain. 
Have mercy, Lord! 


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