“Listen, leaders of ·the people of Jacob [L Jacob]; listen, you rulers of the ·nation [L house] of Israel. ·You should [L Should you not…?] know ·how to decide cases fairly [justice], 2 but you hate good and love evil. You skin my people alive and tear the flesh off their bones. 3 You ·eat [devour] my people’s flesh and skin them and break their bones; you chop them up like meat for the pot, like meat in a cooking pan. 4 Then they will cry to the Lord, but he won’t answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them, because what they have done is evil.”
5 The Lord says this about the prophets who ·teach his people the wrong way of living [mislead/lead astray my people]:
“If these prophets are given food to eat, they shout, ‘Peace!’ But if someone doesn’t ·give them what they ask for [L place food in their mouths], they ·call for a holy war [declare war] against that person. 6 So it will become like night for them, without visions [C revelation from God will cease]. It will become dark for them, without ·any way to tell the future [divination]. The sun is about to set for the prophets; their day will become dark. 7 The seers [C another name for prophets] will be ashamed; the ·people who see the future [diviners] will be ·embarrassed [disgraced; humiliated]. Yes, all of them will cover their ·mouths [or lips; or faces], because there will be no answer from God.”
Micah Is an Honest Prophet of God
8 But I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and ·strength [might], to ·tell the people of Jacob [L declare to Jacob] ·how they have turned against God [L his transgression], and ·the people of Israel [L Israel] how they have sinned. 9 Leaders of [L the house of] Jacob and rulers of [L the house of] Israel, listen to me, you who hate ·fairness [justice] and ·twist [pervert; distort] what is ·right [straight]. 10 You build ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple] ·by murdering people [L with bloodshed]; you build it with ·evil [wickedness; iniquity]. 11 Its ·judges take money to decide who wins in court [L rulers judge for a bribe]. Its priests only teach for ·pay [a price], and its prophets ·only look into the future when they get paid [tell fortunes/practice divination for money]. But they lean on the Lord and say, “The Lord is here with us, so ·nothing bad [no harm] will ·happen to [overtake; come upon] us.” 12 [L Therefore] Because of you, Jerusalem will be plowed like a field. ·The city [L Zion; v. 10] will become a ·pile of rocks [heap of rubble/ruins], and the ·hill [mountain] ·on which the Temple stands [L of the house] will be ·covered with bushes [an overgrown hill; wooded heights].
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