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.”

Then (E)they will cry to the Lord,
But He will not hear them;
He will even hide His face from them at that time,
Because they have been evil in their deeds.

Thus says the Lord (F)concerning the prophets
Who make my people stray;
Who chant [b]“Peace”
[c]While they (G)chew with their teeth,
But who prepare war against him
(H)Who puts nothing into their mouths:
“Therefore(I) you shall have night without [d]vision,
And you shall have darkness without divination;
The sun shall go down on the prophets,
And the day shall be dark for (J)them.
So the seers shall be ashamed,
And the diviners abashed;
Indeed they shall all cover their lips;
(K)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,
(L)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 [e]pervert all equity,
10 (M)Who build up Zion with (N)bloodshed
And Jerusalem with iniquity:
11 (O)Her heads judge for a bribe,
(P)Her priests teach for pay,
And her prophets divine for [f]money.
(Q)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 (R)plowed like a field,
(S)Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins,
And (T)the mountain of the [g]temple
Like the bare hills of the forest.

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

The Messiah Will Be Born at Bethlehem

Now gather yourself in troops,
O daughter of troops;
He has laid siege against us;
They will (A)strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek.

The Coming Messiah

“But you, (B)Bethlehem (C)Ephrathah,
Though you are little (D)among the (E)thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be (F)Ruler in Israel,
(G)Whose goings forth are from of old,
From [a]everlasting.”

Therefore He shall give them up,
Until the time that (H)she who is in labor has given birth;
Then (I)the remnant of His brethren
Shall return to the children of Israel.
And He shall stand and (J)feed[b] His flock
In the strength of the Lord,
In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God;
And they shall abide,
For now He (K)shall be great
To the ends of the earth;
And this One (L)shall be peace.

Judgment on Israel’s Enemies

When the Assyrian comes into our land,
And when he treads in our palaces,
Then we will raise against him
Seven shepherds and eight princely men.

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  1. Micah 5:2 Lit. the days of eternity
  2. Micah 5:4 shepherd

God Will Forgive Israel

14 Shepherd Your people with Your staff,
The flock of Your heritage,
Who dwell [a]solitarily in a (A)woodland,
In the midst of Carmel;
Let them feed in Bashan and Gilead,
As in days of old.

15 “As(B) in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt,
I will show [b]them (C)wonders.”

16 The nations (D)shall see and be ashamed of all their might;
(E)They shall put their hand over their mouth;
Their ears shall be deaf.
17 They shall lick the (F)dust like a serpent;
(G)They shall crawl from their holes like [c]snakes of the earth.
(H)They shall be afraid of the Lord our God,
And shall fear because of You.
18 (I)Who is a God like You,
(J)Pardoning iniquity
And passing over the transgression of (K)the remnant of His heritage?

(L)He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in (M)mercy.[d]
19 He will again have compassion on us,
And will subdue our iniquities.

You will cast all [e]our sins
Into the depths of the sea.
20 (N)You will give truth to Jacob
And [f]mercy to Abraham,
(O)Which You have sworn to our fathers
From days of old.

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  1. Micah 7:14 Alone
  2. Micah 7:15 Lit. him, collective for the captives
  3. Micah 7:17 Lit. crawlers
  4. Micah 7:18 Or lovingkindness
  5. Micah 7:19 Lit. their
  6. Micah 7:20 Or lovingkindness

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