Micah 3:4
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New International Version
Then they will cry out to the LORD, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done.

New Living Translation
Then you beg the LORD for help in times of trouble! Do you really expect him to answer? After all the evil you have done, he won't even look at you!"

English Standard Version
Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil.

New American Standard Bible
Then they will cry out to the LORD, But He will not answer them. Instead, He will hide His face from them at that time Because they have practiced evil deeds.

King James Bible
Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then they will cry out to the LORD, but He will not answer them. He will hide His face from them at that time because of the crimes they have committed.

International Standard Version
"Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not listen to them. In fact, he will hide his face from them at that time, because they were so wicked in what they were doing."

NET Bible
Someday these sinners will cry to the LORD for help, but he will not answer them. He will hide his face from them at that time, because they have done such wicked deeds."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then you will cry to the LORD, but he will not answer you. He will hide his face from you at that time because you have done evil things.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then they shall cry unto the LORD, but he will not respond to them: he will even hide his face from them at that time because of their evil doings.

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves in an evil way in their deeds.

American King James Version
Then shall they cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

American Standard Version
Then shall they cry unto Jehovah, but he will not answer them; yea, he will hide his face from them at that time, according as they have wrought evil in their doings.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then shall they cry to the Lord, and he will not hear them: and he will hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved wickedly in their devices.

Darby Bible Translation
Then shall they cry unto Jehovah, but he will not answer them; and he will hide his face from them at that time, according as they have wrought evil in their doings.

English Revised Version
Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not answer them: yea, he will hide his face from them at that time, according as they have wrought evil in their doings.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall they cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

World English Bible
Then they will cry to Yahweh, but he will not answer them. Yes, he will hide his face from them at that time, because they made their deeds evil."

Young's Literal Translation
Then do they cry unto Jehovah, And He doth not answer them, And hideth His face from them at that time, As they have made evil their doings.
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 4. - The merciless shall not obtain mercy. Then, when the day of chastisement has come, "the day of the Lord," of which, perhaps, the prophet spoke more fully when he originally delivered this address. He will not hear them. A just retribution on those who refused to hearken to the cry of the poor and needy (comp. Psalm 18:41; Proverbs 1:28; Jeremiah 11:11; James 2:13). As they have behaved themselves ill in their doings; according as they have made their actions evil, or because they have, etc.; ἀνθ ω΅ν (Septuagint).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then shall they cry unto the Lord, but he will not hear them,.... When all the above evils threatened them in the preceding chapters shall come upon them; when the enemy shall invade their hind, besiege their cities, and take them, and they, their families and substance, just ready to fall into their hands, they shall cry unto the Lord; or pray unto him, as the Targum, in the time of their distress; but he will not hear their prayer, so as to answer it according to their desire; that is, he will not save them from imminent danger, but deliver them up, them, and all that belong unto them, into the hands of such that shall use them as they have done others:

he will even hide his face from them at that time; turn his back upon them, and a deaf ear to them, and show them no favour, nor grant them any help and protection:

as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings; he will punish them according to the law of retaliation; as when the poor cried unto them, when they were stripping them of their substance, and they would not hearken to them, so now, when they cry unto the Lord in their distress, he will not hearken to them; and as they turned their backs, and hid their faces from those that were afflicted by them, and would show them no favour, so will the Lord deal with them; and as they exercised the utmost cruelty and barbarity that could be done, they will now be given up into the hands of cruel and merciless men, that will use them in like manner: or, "because they have done ill in their doings" (b) to the poor, whose cause God will defend and vindicate.

(b) "eo quod", Sept. "quia", Drusius; "pro eo quod", Grotius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. Then—at the time of judgment, which Micah takes for granted, so certain is it (compare Mic 2:3).

they cry … but he will not hear—just as those oppressed by them had formerly cried, and they would not hear. Their prayer shall be rejected, because it is the mere cry of nature for deliverance from pain, not that of repentance for deliverance from sin.

ill in their doings—Men cannot expect to do ill and fare well.

Micah 3:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Rulers and Prophets Condemned
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." 4Then they will cry out to the LORD, But He will not answer them. Instead, He will hide His face from them at that time Because they have practiced evil deeds. 5Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray; When they have something to bite with their teeth, They cry, "Peace," But against him who puts nothing in their mouths They declare holy war.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 31:17
And in that day I will become angry with them and forsake them; I will hide my face from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, 'Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?'

1 Samuel 8:18
When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the LORD will not answer you in that day."

Job 27:9
Does God listen to their cry when distress comes upon them?

Job 35:13
Indeed, God does not listen to their empty plea; the Almighty pays no attention to it.

Psalm 18:41
They cried for help, but there was no one to save them-- to the LORD, but he did not answer.

Proverbs 1:28
"Then they will call to me but I will not answer; they will look for me but will not find me,

Isaiah 1:15
When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood!

Isaiah 3:11
Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done.

Isaiah 59:2
But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear.

Jeremiah 11:11
Therefore this is what the LORD says: 'I will bring on them a disaster they cannot escape. Although they cry out to me, I will not listen to them.

Jeremiah 14:12
Although they fast, I will not listen to their cry; though they offer burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Instead, I will destroy them with the sword, famine and plague."

Jeremiah 33:5
in the fight with the Babylonians: 'They will be filled with the dead bodies of the people I will slay in my anger and wrath. I will hide my face from this city because of all its wickedness.

Ezekiel 8:18
Therefore I will deal with them in anger; I will not look on them with pity or spare them. Although they shout in my ears, I will not listen to them."

Micah 3:7
The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because there is no answer from God."

Micah 7:13
The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants, as the result of their deeds.
Treasury of Scripture

Then shall they cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Then.

Micah 2:3,4 Therefore thus said the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise …

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their …

cry.

Psalm 18:41 They cried, but there was none to save them: even to the LORD, but …

Proverbs 1:28 Then shall they call on me, but I will not answer; they shall seek …

Proverbs 28:9 He that turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer …

Isaiah 1:15 And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my eyes from you: …

Jeremiah 2:27,28 Saying to a stock, You are my father; and to a stone, You have brought …

Ezekiel 8:18 Therefore will I also deal in fury: my eye shall not spare, neither …

Zechariah 7:13 Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not …

Matthew 7:22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied …

Luke 13:25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and has shut to the …

John 9:31 Now we know that God hears not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

he will even.

Deuteronomy 31:17,18 Then my anger shall be kindled against them in that day, and I will …

Deuteronomy 32:19,20 And when the LORD saw it, he abhorred them, because of the provoking …

Isaiah 59:1-15 Behold, the LORD's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither …

Jeremiah 33:5 They come to fight with the Chaldeans, but it is to fill them with …

as.

Isaiah 3:11 Woe to the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his …

Romans 2:8,9 But to them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but …

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