Micah 3:10
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New International Version
who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness.

New Living Translation
You are building Jerusalem on a foundation of murder and corruption.

English Standard Version
who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity.

New American Standard Bible
Who build Zion with bloodshed And Jerusalem with violent injustice.

King James Bible
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
who build Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with injustice.

International Standard Version
who are building up Zion by means of bloodshed, and Jerusalem by means of iniquity.

NET Bible
You build Zion through bloody crimes, Jerusalem through unjust violence.

New Heart English Bible
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You build Zion on bloodshed and Jerusalem on wickedness.

JPS Tanakh 1917
That build up Zion with blood, And Jerusalem with iniquity.

New American Standard 1977
Who build Zion with bloodshed
            And Jerusalem with violent injustice.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that build up Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity;

King James 2000 Bible
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

American King James Version
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

American Standard Version
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You that build up Sion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
that build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with unrighteousness.

English Revised Version
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

World English Bible
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Young's Literal Translation
Building up Zion with blood, And Jerusalem with iniquity.
Study Bible
Rulers and Prophets Condemned
9Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel, Who abhor justice And twist everything that is straight, 10Who build Zion with bloodshed And Jerusalem with violent injustice. 11Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe, Her priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD saying, "Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us."…
Cross References
Jeremiah 22:13
"Woe to him who builds his house without righteousness And his upper rooms without justice, Who uses his neighbor's services without pay And does not give him his wages,

Jeremiah 22:17
"But your eyes and your heart Are intent only upon your own dishonest gain, And on shedding innocent blood And on practicing oppression and extortion."

Micah 7:2
The godly person has perished from the land, And there is no upright person among men. All of them lie in wait for bloodshed; Each of them hunts the other with a net.

Habakkuk 2:12
"Woe to him who builds a city with bloodshed And founds a town with violence!
Treasury of Scripture

They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

build up Zion.

Jeremiah 22:13-17 Woe to him that builds his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers …

Ezekiel 22:25-28 There is a conspiracy of her prophets in the middle thereof, like …

Habakkuk 2:9-12 Woe to him that covets an evil covetousness to his house, that he …

Zephaniah 3:3 Her princes within her are roaring lions; her judges are evening …

Matthew 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.

John 11:50 Nor consider that it is expedient for us, that one man should die …

blood. Heb. bloods.

(10) They build up Zion with blood--i.e., they acquire money for the erection of splendid buildings by spoliation and robbery, not stopping short of murder. So also Habakkuk (Micah 2:12) denounces the king of Babylon for the bloody wars with which he obtained wealth for the enlargement of the city.

Verse 10. - They build up Zion with blood. Blood is, as it were, the cement that binds the building together. They raise palaces with money gained by extortion, rapine, and judicial murders like that of Naboth (1 Kings 21; comp. Jeremiah 22:13, etc.; Ezekiel 22:27; Habakkuk 2:12). Cheyne thinks this to be a too dark view of the state of public morals, and would therefore consider "blood" to be used for violent conduct leading to ruin of others, comparing Isaiah 1:15; Isaiah 59:3; Proverbs 1:11. In these passages, however, actual bloodshed may be meant; and we know too little of the moral condition of Judaea at this time to be able to decide against the darker view. They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity. Or, "O thou that buildest up" (g), &c. or "everyone of them that buildeth up" (h), &c. for the word is in the singular number; but, be fire words rendered either of these ways, they respect the heads and princes of the people; who either repaired the temple on Zion, or ornamented the king's palace, or built themselves fine stately houses in Jerusalem, or large streets there, by money they took of murderers to save them, as Kimchi; or by money got by rapine and oppression, by spoiling the poor of their goods and their livelihood, for them and their families, which was all one as shedding innocent blood; and by money obtained by bribes, for the perversion of justice, and such like illegal proceedings, truly called iniquity. The Targum is,

"who build their houses in Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with deceits.''

(g) "aedificans", Montanus, Munster, Burkius. (h) "Quisque eorum aedificat", Vatablus, Piscator, Drusius. 10. They—change of person from "ye" (Mic 3:9); the third person puts them to a greater distance as estranged from Him. It is, literally, "Whosoever builds," singular.

build up Zion with blood—build on it stately mansions with wealth obtained by the condemnation and murder of the innocent (Jer 22:13; Eze 22:27; Hab 2:12).3:9-12 Zion's walls owe no thanks to those that build them up with blood and iniquity. The sin of man works not the righteousness of God. Even when men do that which in itself is good, but do it for filthy lucre, it becomes abomination both to God and man. Faith rests in the Lord as the soul's foundation: presumption only leans upon the Lord as a prop, and would use him to serve a turn. If men's having the Lord among them will not keep them from doing evil, it never can secure them from suffering evil for so doing. See the doom of wicked Jacob; Therefore shall Zion for your sake be ploughed as a field. This was exactly fulfilled at the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and is so at this day. If sacred places are polluted by sin, they will be wasted and ruined by the judgments of God.
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