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Thus says the Lord (A)concerning the prophets
Who make my people stray;
Who chant [a]“Peace”
[b]While they (B)chew with their teeth,
But who prepare war against him
(C)Who puts nothing into their mouths:
“Therefore(D) you shall have night without [c]vision,
And you shall have darkness without divination;
The sun shall go down on the prophets,
And the day shall be dark for (E)them.
So the seers shall be ashamed,
And the diviners abashed;
Indeed they shall all cover their lips;
(F)For there is no answer from God.”

But truly I am full of power by the Spirit of the Lord,
And of justice and might,
(G)To declare to Jacob his transgression
And to Israel his sin.
Now hear this,
You heads of the house of Jacob
And rulers of the house of Israel,
Who abhor justice
And [d]pervert all equity,
10 (H)Who build up Zion with (I)bloodshed
And Jerusalem with iniquity:
11 (J)Her heads judge for a bribe,
(K)Her priests teach for pay,
And her prophets divine for [e]money.
(L)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 (M)plowed like a field,
(N)Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins,
And (O)the mountain of the [f]temple
Like the bare hills of the forest.

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  1. Micah 3:5 All is well
  2. Micah 3:5 For those who feed them
  3. Micah 3:6 Prophetic revelation
  4. Micah 3:9 Lit. twist
  5. Micah 3:11 Lit. silver
  6. Micah 3:12 Lit. house

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