Harsh words (Mal 3:13-3:13)

“‘You have spoken

Harsh words

Against me.’

Says Yahweh.

Yet you say.

‘How have we spoken

Against you?’”

Yahweh, via Malachi, told the Israelites that they had spoken harsh words against him.  However, the Israelites responded that they were not aware that they had spoken such things against Yahweh

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To preach or not to preach (Mic 2:6-2:7)

“‘Do not preach!’

This is what they preach.

‘One should not preach

Of such things.

Disgrace will not

Overtake us.’

Should this be said?

O house of Jacob!

Is Yahweh’s patience

Exhausted?

Are these his doings?

Do not my words

Do good

To him

Who walks uprightly?’”

Micah indicated the difference between false preaching and true preaching.  Was Micah to preach or not?  Did he only have to say good things in order to preach?  Should he be careful about what he said?  Is it disgraceful to speak about bad things?  Has Yahweh exhausted all his patience?  However, Micah believed that his harsh words from Yahweh would help those who were upright.  The evil ones would not like to hear about their evil ways.