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23 (A)Your princes are rebellious,
And (B)companions of thieves;
(C)Everyone loves bribes,
And follows after rewards.
They (D)do not defend the fatherless,
Nor does the cause of the widow come before them.

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“Look, (A)the princes of Israel: each one has used his [a]power to shed blood in you.

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Footnotes

  1. Ezekiel 22:6 Lit. arm

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.”

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Footnotes

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

(A)Her princes in her midst are roaring lions;
Her judges are (B)evening wolves
That leave not a bone till morning.

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