Micah 2:6
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New International Version
"Do not prophesy," their prophets say. "Do not prophesy about these things; disgrace will not overtake us."

New Living Translation
"Don't say such things," the people respond. "Don't prophesy like that. Such disasters will never come our way!"

English Standard Version
“Do not preach”—thus they preach— “one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us.”

New American Standard Bible
Do not speak out,' so they speak out. But if they do not speak out concerning these things, Reproaches will not be turned back.

King James Bible
Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Quit your preaching," they preach." They should not preach these things; shame will not overtake us."

International Standard Version
To those who speak out, they will declare, 'Don't prophesy to anyone!' so their shame won't go away.

NET Bible
Don't preach with such impassioned rhetoric,' they say excitedly. 'These prophets should not preach of such things; we will not be overtaken by humiliation.'

New Heart English Bible
"Do not prophesy." They prophesy. "Do not prophesy about these things. Disgrace won't overtake us."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your prophets say, "Don't prophesy! Don't prophesy such things! Disgrace will never overtake us."

JPS Tanakh 1917
Preach ye not', they preach; 'They shall not preach of these things, That they shall not take shame.'

New American Standard 1977
‘Do not speak out,’ so they speak out.
            But if they do not speak out concerning these things,
            Reproaches will not be turned back.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not prophesy, they say to those that prophesy: Do not prophesy unto them that they are to understand shame.

King James 2000 Bible
Prophesy not, they say to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not be shamed.

American King James Version
Prophesy you not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

American Standard Version
Prophesy ye not, thus they prophesy. They shall not prophesy to these: reproaches shall not depart.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Speak ye not, saying: It shall not drop upon these, confusion shall not take them.

Darby Bible Translation
Prophesy ye not, they prophesy. If they do not prophesy to these, the ignominy will not depart.

English Revised Version
Prophesy ye not, thus they prophesy. They shall not prophesy to these: reproaches shall not depart.

Webster's Bible Translation
Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

World English Bible
"Don't prophesy!" They prophesy. "Don't prophesy about these things. Disgrace won't overtake us."

Young's Literal Translation
Ye do not prophesy -- they do prophesy, They do not prophesy to these, It doth not remove shame.
Study Bible
The False Prophets
5"Therefore you will have no one stretching a measuring line For you by lot in the assembly of the LORD. 6Do not speak out,' so they speak out. But if they do not speak out concerning these things, Reproaches will not be turned back. 7"Is it being said, O house of Jacob: 'Is the Spirit of the LORD impatient? Are these His doings?' Do not My words do good To the one walking uprightly?…
Cross References
Isaiah 29:10
For the LORD has poured over you a spirit of deep sleep, He has shut your eyes, the prophets; And He has covered your heads, the seers.

Isaiah 30:10
Who say to the seers, "You must not see visions"; And to the prophets, "You must not prophesy to us what is right, Speak to us pleasant words, Prophesy illusions.

Amos 2:12
"But you made the Nazirites drink wine, And you commanded the prophets saying, 'You shall not prophesy!'

Amos 7:16
"Now hear the word of the LORD: you are saying, 'You shall not prophesy against Israel nor shall you speak against the house of Isaac.'

Micah 3:6
Therefore it will be night for you-- without vision, And darkness for you-- without divination. The sun will go down on the prophets, And the day will become dark over them.

Micah 6:16
"The statutes of Omri And all the works of the house of Ahab are observed; And in their devices you walk. Therefore I will give you up for destruction And your inhabitants for derision, And you will bear the reproach of My people."
Treasury of Scripture

Prophesy you not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.

Prophesy ye, etc. or, Prophesy not as they prophesy. Heb. Drop. etc.

Isaiah 30:10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not …

Jeremiah 26:8,9,20-23 Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all …

Ezekiel 20:46 Son of man, set your face toward the south, and drop your word toward …

Ezekiel 21:2 Son of man, set your face toward Jerusalem, and drop your word toward …

Amos 2:12 But you gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, …

Amos 7:13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel, …

Acts 4:17 But that it spread no further among the people, let us straightly …

Acts 5:28,40 Saying, Did not we straightly command you that you should not teach …

Acts 7:51 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

1 Thessalonians 2:15,16 Who both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have …

they shall not prophesy.

Psalm 74:9 We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there …

Ezekiel 3:26 And I will make your tongue sticks to the roof of your mouth, that …

Amos 8:11-13 Behold, the days come, said the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine …

that they.

Jeremiah 6:14,15 They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, …

Jeremiah 8:11,12 For they have healed the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, …

(6) Prophesy ye not.--The construction of this verse is very confused, but the intention of it is fairly clear. It contains the address of the oppressors to the true prophets, and their reply. The oppressors desire the prophets to cease prophesying; nevertheless, the prophecies shall be continued, but without benefit to those who will not put away their shame.

Verses 6-11. - § 7. The threat announced in ver. 3 is further vindicated and applied to individual sinners, with a glance at the false prophets who taught the people to love lies. Verse 6. - Prophesy ye not; literally, drop ye not, as Amos 7:16 (where see note). The speakers are generally supposed to be the false prophets who wish to stop the mouths of Micah and those who are like minded with him. This is probably correct; but these are not the only speakers; the people themselves, the oppressing grandees, who side with the popularity hunting seers, are also included (see note on ver. 12). Say they to them that prophesy; rather, thus they prophesy (drop). Micah uses their own word sarcastically, "Do not be always rebuking; Thus they rebuke." The rest of the verse belongs to the same speakers, and should be rendered, "They shall not prophesy of these things; reproaches never cease." The great men and the false prophets complain of the true prophets that they are always proclaiming misfortune and rebuking the people, and they bid them leave such denunciations alone for the future. The passage is very difficult, and its interpretation has greatly exercised commentators; the above is virtually the explanation of Ewald, Hitzig, Caspari, and Cheyne. Orelli makes the two last clauses Micah's answer to the interdict of the adversaries, "Should one not prophesy of these things? Should reproaches (against the true prophets) never cease?" We prefer the interpretations given above, and consider the prophet's reply to be given in the next verse. Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy,.... Or "drop not" (h); such terrible words, such menacing things; let them not flow from your lips with such profusion and abundance; cease from speaking in the name of the Lord, if we can hear nothing else but sharp reproofs, and severe judgments: or the first word respects the true prophets of the Lord, and forbids their prophesying; and, according to others, the next should be rendered, "let them prophesy", or "drop" (i); that is, the false prophets, that prophesy smooth things; and so the sense is, let the one prophesy, but not the other:

they shall not prophesy to them; these are the words of the Lord, in answer to the other, that since they did not like his prophets, their should no more be sent to, them, nor should drop or distil the rain of doctrine upon them; but, as a judgment upon them, should be deprived of them: or, "they shall not prophesy according to these" (k); as the false prophets do, not such things as they; or the whole may be rendered thus, "prophesy not", or, "if they prophesy, let them not prophesy as these" (l); such things as these; namely,

that shame shall not overtake them; that is, as the false prophets, who said that shame and confusion should not come upon the people of Israel, or the wrath denounced against them, but they should enjoy great peace and prosperity: but the first sense seems best, and the meaning of this clause to be, that the true prophets of the Lord should not prophesy any more to this people, since they did not choose they should: "that shame might not come upon them"; that the prophets might not be treated by them in a shameful and ignominious manner: or, as others, "shame shall not depart from them" (m); though they think to escape it by forbidding the prophets prophesying terrible things to come, yet confusion will be their portion at last.

(h) "ne stilletis", Pagninus, Montanus, Cocceius, Burkius, Junius & Tremellius; "ne stillatote", Piscator. (i) "stallent isti", Junius & Tremellius, Cocceius; "stillanto", Piscator. (k) "secundum istos", Junius & Tremellius, Piscator. (l) "Ne vaticinemini, aut si vaticinentur ne talia vaticinentur", Castalio. (m) "non recedent ignominiae", De Dieu; "non retroageretur summa ignominia", Cocceius; "non recederet ignominia magna", Burkius. 6. Prophesy ye not, say they—namely, the Israelites say to the true prophets, when announcing unwelcome truths. Therefore God judicially abandons them to their own ways: "The prophets, by whose ministry they might have been saved from shame (ignominious captivity), shall not (that is, no longer) prophesy to them" (Isa 30:10; Am 2:12; 7:16). Maurer translates the latter clause, "they shall not prophesy of such things" (as in Mic 2:3-5, these being rebellious Israel's words); "let them not prophesy"; "they never cease from insult" (from prophesying insults to us). English Version is supported by the parallelism: wherein the similarity of sound and word implies how exactly God makes their punishment answer to their sin, and takes them at their own word. "Prophesy," literally, "drop" (De 32:2; Eze 21:2).2:6-11 Since they say, Prophesy not, God will take them at their word, and their sin shall be their punishment. Let the physician no longer attend the patient that will not be healed. Those are enemies, not only to God, but to their country, who silence good ministers, and stop the means of grace. What bonds will hold those who have no reverence for God's word? Sinners cannot expect to rest in a land they have polluted. You shall not only be obliged to depart out of this land, but it shall destroy you. Apply this to our state in this present world. There is corruption in the world through lust, and we should keep at a distance from it. It is not our rest: it was designed for our passage, but not for our portion; our inn, but not our home; here we have no continuing city; let us therefore arise and depart, let us seek a continuing city above. Since they will be deceived, let them be deceived. Teachers who recommend self-indulgence by their doctrine and example, best suit such sinners.
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