Micah 6:1
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New International Version
Listen to what the LORD says: "Stand up, plead my case before the mountains; let the hills hear what you have to say.

King James Bible
Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.

Darby Bible Translation
Hear ye now what Jehovah saith: Arise, contend before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.

World English Bible
Listen now to what Yahweh says: "Arise, plead your case before the mountains, and let the hills hear what you have to say.

Young's Literal Translation
Hear, I pray you, that which Jehovah is saying: 'Rise -- strive thou with the mountains, And cause thou the hills to hear thy voice.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Arise, contend thou - This chapter is a sort of dialogue between God and the people. God speaks the five first verses, and convicts the people of sin, righteousness, and judgment. The People, convinced of their iniquity, deprecate God's judgments, in the sixth and seventh verses. In the eighth verse God prescribes the way in which they are to be saved; and then the prophet, by the command of God, goes on to remonstrate from the ninth verse to the end of the chapter.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Micah 1:2 Hear, all you people; listen, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you...

1 Samuel 15:16 Then Samuel said to Saul, Stay, and I will tell you what the LORD has said to me this night. And he said to him, Say on.

Jeremiah 13:15 Hear you, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD has spoken.

Amos 3:1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel...

Hebrews 3:7,8 Why (as the Holy Ghost said, To day if you will hear his voice...

Arise. The manner of raising attention, says Abp. Newcome, in ver.

Micah 6:1 Hear you now what the LORD said; Arise, contend you before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.

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Micah 6:2 Hear you, O mountains, the LORD's controversy, and you strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD has a controversy with his people...

, by calling a man to urge his plea in the face of all nature, and on the inanimate creation to hear the expostulation of Jehovah with his people, is truly awakening and magnificent. The words of Jehovah follow in ver.

Micah 6:3-5 O my people, what have I done to you? and wherein have I wearied you? testify against me...

; and God's mercies having been set before the people, one of them is introduced in a beautiful manner, asking what his duty is towards so gracious a God, ver.

Micah 6:6 With which shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings...

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Micah 6:7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression...

. The answer follows in the words of the prophet, ver.

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy...

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contend.

Deuteronomy 4:26 I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day...

Deuteronomy 32:1 Give ear, O you heavens, and I will speak; and hear, O earth, the words of my mouth.

Psalm 50:1,4 The mighty God, even the LORD, has spoken, and called the earth from the rising of the sun to the going down thereof...

Isaiah 1:2 Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD has spoken, I have nourished and brought up children...

Jeremiah 22:29 O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the LORD.

Ezekiel 36:1,8 Also, you son of man, prophesy to the mountains of Israel, and say, You mountains of Israel, hear the word of the LORD...

Luke 19:40 And he answered and said to them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

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Micah 1:4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire...

Isaiah 2:12-14 For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be on every one that is proud and lofty, and on every one that is lifted up...

let.

Ezekiel 37:4 Again he said to me, Prophesy on these bones, and say to them, O you dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.

Library
God's Requirements and God's Gift
'What doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?'--MICAH vi. 8. This is the Prophet's answer to a question which he puts into the mouth of his hearers. They had the superstitious estimate of the worth of sacrifice, which conceives that the external offering is pleasing to God, and can satisfy for sin. Micah, like his great contemporary Isaiah, and the most of the prophets, wages war against that misconception of sacrifice, but does not thereby
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

"On Conscience"
"For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience." 2 Cor. 1:12. 1. How few words are there in the world more common than this, Conscience! It is in almost every one's mouth. And one would thence be apt to conclude, that no word can be found which is more generally understood. But it may be doubted whether this is the case or no; although numberless treatises have been written upon it. For it is certain, a great part of those writers have rather puzzled the cause than cleared it; that they
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

An Ox in the Congregation
Friday, July 10.--I rode to London and preached at Short's Gardens on "the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth" [Acts 3:6]. Sunday, 12. While I was showing, at Charles' Square, what it is "to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God" [see Micah 6:8], a great shout began. Many of the rabble had brought an ox, which they were vehemently laboring to drive among the people. But their labor was in vain; for in spite of them all, he ran round and round, one way and the other, and at length
John Wesley—The Journal of John Wesley

The Pioneer's Influence Upon a Nation's Ideals.
ABRAHAM, THE TRADITIONAL FATHER OF HIS RACE.--Gen. 12:1-8; 13:1-13; 16; 18, 19; 21:7; 22:1-19. Parallel Readings. Hist. Bible I, 73-94. Prin of Pol., 160-175. Jehovah said to Abraham, Go forth from thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, to the land that I will show thee, that I may make of thee a great nation; and I will surely bless thee, and make thy name great, so that thou shalt be a blessing, I will also bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will
Charles Foster Kent—The Making of a Nation

Cross References
1 Samuel 12:7
Now then, stand here, because I am going to confront you with evidence before the LORD as to all the righteous acts performed by the LORD for you and your ancestors.

Micah 5:15
I will take vengeance in anger and wrath on the nations that have not obeyed me."

Micah 6:2
"Hear, you mountains, the LORD's accusation; listen, you everlasting foundations of the earth. For the LORD has a case against his people; he is lodging a charge against Israel.

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