Micah 3

Rulers and Prophets Denounced

1 And I said:
a  Hear, you heads of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel!
b  Is it not for you to know justice?—
2you c  who hate the good and love the evil,
d  who tear the skin from off my people
Hebrew  from off them

and their flesh from off their bones,
3 f  who eat the flesh of my people,
and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones in pieces
and chop them up like meat in a pot,
like flesh in a cauldron.
4 g  Then they will cry to the  Lord,
but he will not answer them;
h  he will hide his face from them at that time,
because they have made their deeds evil.
5 Thus says the  Lord concerning i  the prophets
who lead my people astray,
j  who cryPeace
when they have something to eat,
but declare war against him
who puts nothing into their mouths.
6Therefore k  it shall be night to you, without vision,
and darkness to you, without divination.
l  The sun shall go down on the prophets,
and the day shall be black over them;
7 m  the seers shall be disgraced,
and the diviners put to shame;
n  they shall all cover their lips,
for o  there is no answer from God.
8But as for me p  I am filled with power,
with the Spirit of the  Lord,
and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob q  his transgression
and to Israel his sin.
9 r  Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel,
s  who detest justice
and make crooked all that is straight,
10 t  who build Zion with blood
and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11 u  Its heads give judgment for a bribe;
v  its priests teach for a price;
w  its prophets practice divination for money;
x  yet they lean on the  Lord and y  say,
“Is not the  Lord in the midst of us?
z  No disaster shall come upon us.”
12Therefore because of you
aa  Zion shall be plowed as a field;
Jerusalem ab  shall become a heap of ruins,
and ac  the mountain of the house ad  a wooded height.
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