NASB — Micah 3 — KJV

Rulers Denounced

1 And I said,
  “aHear now, heads of Jacob
  And rulers of the house of Israel.
  Is it not for you to bknow justice?
  2 “You who hate good and love evil,
  Who atear off their skin from them
  And their flesh from their bones,
  3 Who aeat the flesh of my people,
  Strip off their skin from them,
  Break their bones
  And bchop [them] up as for the pot
  And as meat in a kettle.”
  4 Then they will acry out to the LORD,
  But He will not answer them.
  Instead, He will bhide His face from them at that time
  Because they have cpracticed evil deeds.

[1] aIs 1:10; Mi 3:9 bPs 82:1-5; Jr 5:5
[2] aPs 53:4; Ezk 22:27; Mi 2:8; 7:2, 3
[3] aPs 14:4; 27:2; Zp 3:3 bEzk 11:3, 6, 7
[4] aPs 18:41; Pv 1:28; Is 1:15; Jr 11:11 bDt 31:17; Is 59:2 cIs 3:11; Mi 7:13

5 ¶ Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who alead my people astray;
  When they have [something] to bite with their teeth,
  They bcry, “Peace,”
  But against him who puts nothing in their mouths
  They declare holy war.
  6 Therefore [it will be] anight for you—without vision,
  And darkness for you—without divination.
  The bsun will go down on the prophets,
  And the day will become dark over them.
  7 The seers will be aashamed
  And the bdiviners will be embarrassed.
  Indeed, they will all ccover [their] Imouths
  Because there is dno answer from God.
  8 On the other hand aI am filled with power
  With the Spirit of the LORD
  And with justice and courage
  To bmake known to Jacob his rebellious act,
  Even to Israel his sin.
  9 Now hear this, aheads of the house of Jacob
  And rulers of the house of Israel,
  Who babhor justice
  And twist everything that is straight,
  10 Who abuild Zion with bloodshed
  And Jerusalem with violent injustice.
  11 Her leaders pronounce ajudgment for a bribe,
  Her bpriests instruct for a price
  And her prophets divine for money.
  Yet they lean on the LORD saying,
  “cIs not the LORD in our midst?
  Calamity will not come upon us.”
  12 Therefore, on account of you
  aZion will be plowed as a field,
  bJerusalem will become a heap of ruins,
  And the cmountain of the Itemple [will become] high places of a forest.

[5] aIs 3:12; 9:15, 16; Jr 14:14, 15 bJr 6:14
[6] aIs 8:20-22; 29:10-12 bIs 59:10
[7] ILit mustache aZc 13:4 bIs 44:25; 47:12-14 cMi 7:16 d1S 28:6; Mi 3:4
[8] aIs 61:1, 2; Jr 1:18 bIs 58:1
[9] aMi 1:1 bPs 58:1, 2; Is 1:23
[10] aJr 22:13, 17; Hab 2:12
[11] aIs 1:23; Mi 7:3 bJr 6:13 cIs 48:2
[12] ILit house aJr 26:18 bPs 79:1; Jr 9:11 cMi 4:1


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The cruelty of the princes.

1 ¶ And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; [Is it] not for you to know judgment? 2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones; 3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron. 4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

[1] Dt 1:13; 16:18; 2Ch 19:5; Ps 14:4; 82:1; Is 1:10; Jr 5:4; 13:15; 22:2; Ho 5:1; Am 4:1; Mi 3:9; 1Co 6:5.
[2] 1K 21:20; 22:6; 2Ch 19:2; Ps 15:4; 53:4; 139:21; Pv 28:4; Is 3:15; Ezk 22:27; 34:3; Am 5:10; 8:4; Zp 3:3; Zc 11:4; Lk 19:14; Jn 7:7; 15:18, 23; 18:40; Ac 7:51; Ro 1:32; 12:9; 2Ti 3:3.
[3] Ps 14:4; Ezk 11:3, 6.
[4] Dt 31:17; 32:19; Ps 18:41; Pv 1:28; 28:9; Is 1:15; 3:11; 59:1; Jr 2:27; 5:31; 33:5; Ezk 8:18; Mi 2:3; Zc 7:13; Mt 7:22; Lk 13:25; Jn 9:31; Ro 2:8; Jm 2:13.

The falsehood of the prophets.

5 ¶ Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him. 6 Therefore night [shall be] unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them. 7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for [there is] no answer of God.

[5] Is 9:15; 56:9; Jr 14:14; 23:9, 27, 32; 28:15; 29:21; Ezk 13:10, 18; 22:25; Mi 2:11; 3:11; Mal 2:8; Mt 7:15; 15:14; Ro 16:18.
[6] Ps 74:9; Is 8:20; 29:10; 59:10; Jr 13:16; 15:9; Ezk 13:22; Am 8:9; Zc 13:2.
[7] Ex 8:18; 9:11; Lv 13:45; 1S 9:9; 14:37; 28:6, 15; Ps 74:9; Is 44:25; 47:12; Ezk 24:17, 22; Dn 2:9; Am 8:11; Zc 13:4; 2Ti 3:8.

The security of them both.

8 ¶ But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin. 9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity. 10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. 11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, [Is] not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us. 12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed [as] a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

[8] Jb 32:18; Is 11:2; 58:1; Jr 1:18; 6:11; 15:19; 20:9; Ezk 3:14; 16:2; 20:4; 22:2; 43:10; Mt 3:7; 7:29; Mk 3:17; Ac 4:8, 19; 7:51, 54; 13:9; 18:5, 9; 1Co 2:4, 12.
[9] Ex 3:16; Lv 26:15; Dt 27:19; Ps 58:1; Pv 17:15; Is 1:23; Jr 5:28; Ho 5:1; Mi 3:1.
[10] Jr 22:13; Ezk 22:25; Hab 2:9; Zp 3:3; Mt 27:25; Jn 11:50.
[11] Nu 16:15; 1S 4:3; 8:3; 12:3; Is 1:23; 48:2; 56:11; Jr 6:13; 7:4, 8; 8:10; Ezk 22:12, 27; Ho 4:18; Am 9:10; Mi 3:5; 7:3; Zp 3:3; Mal 1:10; Mt 3:9; Ac 8:18; Ro 2:17; 1Ti 3:3; Tit 1:11; 1P 5:2; 2P 2:1, 14; Jde 1:11.
[12] Ps 79:1; 107:34; Is 2:2; Jr 26:18; Mi 1:6; 4:1; Mt 24:2; Ac 6:13.


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