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Wicked Rulers and Prophets

And I said:

“Hear now, O heads of Jacob,
And you (A)rulers of the house of Israel:
(B)Is it not for you to know justice?
You who hate good and love evil;
Who strip the skin from [a]My people,
And the flesh from their bones;
Who also (C)eat the flesh of My people,
Flay their skin from them,
Break their bones,
And chop them in pieces
Like meat for the pot,
(D)Like flesh in the caldron.”

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 3:2 Lit. them

Now hear this,
You heads of the house of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel,
Who abhor justice
And [a]pervert all equity,
10 (A)Who build up Zion with (B)bloodshed
And Jerusalem with iniquity:
11 (C)Her heads judge for a bribe,
(D)Her priests teach for pay,
And her prophets divine for [b]money.
(E)Yet they lean on the Lord, and say,
“Is not the Lord among us?
No harm can come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you
Zion shall be (F)plowed like a field,
(G)Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins,
And (H)the mountain of the [c]temple
Like the bare hills of the forest.

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 3:9 Lit. twist
  2. Micah 3:11 Lit. silver
  3. Micah 3:12 Lit. house

With what shall I come before the Lord,
And bow myself before the High God?
Shall I come before Him with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
(A)Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
Ten thousand (B)rivers of oil?
(C)Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression,
[a]The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He has (D)shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But (E)to do justly,
To love [b]mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

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Footnotes

  1. Micah 6:7 My own child
  2. Micah 6:8 Or lovingkindness

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