Micah 3

Rulers Denounced

1And I said, a  Hear now, heads of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel.
Is it not for you to b  know justice?
2You who hate good and love evil,
Who c  tear off their skin from them
And their flesh from their bones,
3Who d  eat the flesh of my people,
Strip off their skin from them,
Break their bones
And e  chop them up as for the pot
And as meat in a kettle.”
4Then they will f  cry out to the  Lord,
But He will not answer them.
Instead, He will g  hide His face from them at that time
Because they have h  practiced evil deeds.

5Thus says the  Lord concerning the prophets who i  lead my people astray; When they have something to bite with their teeth,
They j  cry, “Peace,”
But against him who puts nothing in their mouths
They declare holy war.
6Therefore it will be k  night for you— without vision,
And darkness for you— without divination.
The l  sun will go down on the prophets,
And the day will become dark over them.
7The seers will be m  ashamed
And the n  diviners will be embarrassed.
Indeed, they will all o  cover their
Lit mustache
mouths
Because there is q  no answer from God.
8On the other hand r  I am filled with power
With the Spirit of the  Lord
And with justice and courage
To s  make known to Jacob his rebellious act,
Even to Israel his sin.
9Now hear this t  heads of the house of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel,
Who u  abhor justice
And twist everything that is straight,
10Who v  build Zion with bloodshed
And Jerusalem with violent injustice.
11Her leaders pronounce w  judgment for a bribe,
Her x  priests instruct for a price
And her prophets divine for money.
Yet they lean on the  Lord saying,
y  “Is not the  Lord in our midst?
Calamity will not come upon us.”
12Therefore, on account of you
z  Zion will be plowed as a field,
aa  Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins,
And the ab  mountain of the
Lit house
temple will become high places of a forest.

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