Micah 3:2
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New International Version
you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones;

New Living Translation
but you are the very ones who hate good and love evil. You skin my people alive and tear the flesh from their bones.

English Standard Version
you who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin from off my people and their flesh from off their bones,

New American Standard Bible
"You who hate good and love evil, Who tear off their skin from them And their flesh from their bones,

King James Bible
Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You hate good and love evil. You tear off people's skin and strip their flesh from their bones.

International Standard Version
you who despise good and love evil, who tear off the skin of my people, along with the flesh from their bones.

NET Bible
yet you hate what is good, and love what is evil. You flay my people's skin and rip the flesh from their bones.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You hate good and love evil. You strip the skin off my people and the flesh off their bones.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Who hate the good, and love the evil, who steal their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

King James 2000 Bible
Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

American King James Version
Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

American Standard Version
ye who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Douay-Rheims Bible
You that hate good, and love evil: that violently pluck off their skins from them, and their flesh from their bones?

Darby Bible Translation
Ye who hate the good, and love evil; who pluck off their skin from them, and their flesh from off their bones;

English Revised Version
who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

Webster's Bible Translation
Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from them, and their flesh from off their bones;

World English Bible
You who hate the good, and love the evil; who tear off their skin, and their flesh from off their bones;

Young's Literal Translation
Ye who are hating good, and loving evil, Taking violently their skin from off them, And their flesh from off their bones,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

3:1-8 Men cannot expect to do ill, and fare well; but to find that done to them which they did to others. How seldom do wholesome truths reach the ears of those in high stations or in authority! Those who deceive others are preparing confusion for their own faces. The prophet had ardent love to God and to the souls of men; deep concern for his glory and their salvation, and zeal against sin. The difficulties he met with did not drive him from his work. He had this strength; not from and of himself, but he was full of power by the Spirit of the Lord. Those who act honestly, may act boldly. And those who come to hear the word of God, must be willing to be told of their faults, must take it kindly, and be thankful.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - The good...the evil; i.e. goodness and wickedness. Septuagint, τὰ καλά τὰ πονηρά (Amos 5:14, etc.; John 3:20; Romans 1:32). Who pluck off their skin from off them. They are not shepherds, but butchers. We have the same figurative expression for merciless extortion and pillage. Ezekiel makes a similar complaint (Ezekiel 34:2-4). Cheyne sees in this and the following verse a possible allusion to cannibalism as at least known to the Israelites by hearsay or tradition. There is a passage in Wisdom (12:5) which somewhat countenances the idea that the Canaanites were guilty of this enormity, but it is probably only a rhetorical exaggeration of the writer. In the present passage the terms seem to be simply metaphors taken from the preparation of meat for human food. Such an allusion is natural in the mouth of one who had just been speaking of Israel as a flock (Micah 2:12).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Who hate the good, and love the evil,.... Instead of knowing and doing what was just and right; or, directly contrary to their light and knowledge, and the duty of their office, they hated that which is good, which is agreeable to the law, nature, and will of God, and loved that which is evil, which is contrary thereunto; or they hated to do good, and loved to do evil, as the Targum; as men do who are averse to good, and prone to evil; or they hated a good man, as Aben Ezra, and loved the evil man; not only delighted in committing sin themselves, but took pleasure in those that did it; and could not endure the company and conversation of holy and good men:

who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones: like wild beasts that tear off skin and flesh from the bones, and then devour them; or like cruel shepherds, that, not content to fleece their flocks, skin them, and take their flesh also, and feed themselves, and not the flock; or like butchers, that first take off the skin off a beast, and then cut up its flesh. The design of the expressions is to show what rigour, cruelty, and oppressions, these rulers exercised on the people and by their heavy taxes and levies, and exorbitant penalties and fines, pillaged and plundered them of all they had in the world, and left them quite bare, as bones stripped of their skin and flesh. So the Targum,

"seizing on their substance by violence, and their precious mammon they take away.''

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. pluck off their skin … flesh—rob their fellow countrymen of all their substance (Ps 14:4; Pr 30:14).

Micah 3:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Rulers and Prophets Condemned
1And I said, "Hear now, heads of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel. Is it not for you to know justice? 2"You who hate good and love evil, Who tear off their skin from them And their flesh from their bones, 3Who eat the flesh of my people, Strip off their skin from them, Break their bones And chop them up as for the pot And as meat in a kettle."…
Cross References
Psalm 53:4
Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on God.

Isaiah 57:12
I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.

Ezekiel 11:7
"Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: The bodies you have thrown there are the meat and this city is the pot, but I will drive you out of it.

Ezekiel 22:27
Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.

Ezekiel 24:4
Put into it the pieces of meat, all the choice pieces--the leg and the shoulder. Fill it with the best of these bones;

Micah 2:8
Lately my people have risen up like an enemy. You strip off the rich robe from those who pass by without a care, like men returning from battle.

Micah 7:2
The faithful have been swept from the land; not one upright person remains. Everyone lies in wait to shed blood; they hunt each other with nets.

Micah 7:3
Both hands are skilled in doing evil; the ruler demands gifts, the judge accepts bribes, the powerful dictate what they desire-- they all conspire together.
Treasury of Scripture

Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

hate.

1 Kings 21:20 And Ahab said to Elijah, Have you found me, O my enemy? And he answered, …

1 Kings 22:6-8 Then the king of Israel gathered the prophets together, about four …

Amos 5:10-14 They hate him that rebukes in the gate, and they abhor him that speaks …

Luke 19:14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, …

John 7:7 The world cannot hate you; but me it hates, because I testify of …

John 15:18,19,23,24 If the world hate you, you know that it hated me before it hated you…

Acts 7:51,52 You stiff necked and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you do always …

Romans 12:9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; hold …

2 Timothy 3:3 Without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, …

love.

2 Chronicles 19:2 And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said …

Psalm 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honors them that …

Psalm 139:21,22 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate you? and am not I grieved with …

Proverbs 28:4 They that forsake the law praise the wicked: but such as keep the …

John 18:40 Then cried they all again, saying, Not this man, but Barabbas. Now …

Romans 1:32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things …

pluck.

Psalm 53:4 Have the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as …

Isaiah 3:15 What mean you that you beat my people to pieces, and grind the faces …

Ezekiel 22:27 Her princes in the middle thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, …

Ezekiel 34:3 You eat the fat, and you clothe you with the wool, you kill them …

Amos 8:4-6 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor …

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

Zechariah 11:4,5 Thus said the LORD my God; Feed the flock of the slaughter…

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