Micah 3* The cruelty of the princes, and the falsehood of the prophets.(1-8) Their false security. (9-12)1-8 Men cannot expect to do ill, and fare well; but to findthat done to them which they did to others. How seldom dowholesome truths reach the ears of those in high stations or inauthority! Those who deceive others are preparing confusion fortheir own faces. The prophet had ardent love to God and to thesouls of men; deep concern for his glory and their salvation,and zeal against sin. The difficulties he met with did not drivehim from his work. He had this strength; not from and ofhimself, but he was full of power by the Spirit of the Lord.Those who act honestly, may act boldly. And those who come tohear the word of God, must be willing to be told of theirfaults, must take it kindly, and be thankful. 9-12 Zion's walls owe no thanks to those that build them upwith blood and iniquity. The sin of man works not therighteousness of God. Even when men do that which in itself isgood, but do it for filthy lucre, it becomes abomination both toGod and man. Faith rests in the Lord as the soul's foundation:presumption only leans upon the Lord as a prop, and would usehim to serve a turn. If men's having the Lord among them willnot keep them from doing evil, it never can secure them fromsuffering evil for so doing. See the doom of wicked Jacob;Therefore shall Zion for your sake be ploughed as a field. Thiswas exactly fulfilled at the destruction of Jerusalem by theRomans, and is so at this day. If sacred places are polluted bysin, they will be wasted and ruined by the judgments of God.
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