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

New Living Translation
Then you seers will be put to shame, and you fortune-tellers will be disgraced. And you will cover your faces because there is no answer from God."

English Standard Version
the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God.

New American Standard Bible
The seers will be ashamed And the diviners will be embarrassed. Indeed, they will all cover their mouths Because there is no answer from God.

King James Bible
Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the seers will be ashamed and the diviners disappointed. They will all cover their mouths because there will be no answer from God.

International Standard Version
Those who see visions will be put to shame, and the diviners will be disgraced—every one of them— they will cover their faces, because there will be no answer from God.'"

NET Bible
The prophets will be ashamed; the omen readers will be humiliated. All of them will cover their mouths, for they will receive no divine oracles."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Seers will be put to shame. Those who practice witchcraft will be disgraced. All of them will cover their faces, because God won't answer them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then the prophets shall be ashamed, and the diviners confounded; and they shall all cover their lips because they shall have no answer from God.

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer from God.

American King James Version
Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yes, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.

American Standard Version
And the seers shall be put to shame, and the diviners confounded; yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they shall be confounded that see visions, and the diviners shall be confounded: and they shall all cover their faces, because there is no answer of God.

Darby Bible Translation
And the seers shall be ashamed, and the diviners confounded; and they shall all cover their lips, for there will be no answer of God.

English Revised Version
And the seers shall be ashamed, and the diviners confounded; yea, they shall all cover their lips: for there is no answer of God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yes, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.

World English Bible
The seers shall be disappointed, and the diviners confounded. Yes, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer from God."

Young's Literal Translation
And ashamed have been the seers, And confounded have been the diviners, And covered their lip have all of them, For their is no answer, O God.
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 7. - Shall the seers be ashamed. The false prophets shall be ashamed because their oracles are proved to be delusive. They shall all cover their lips; the upper lip; i.e. the face up to the nose, in sign of mourning and shame (see Leviticus 13:45; Ezekiel 24:17, 22). It is equivalent to covering the head for the same reason, as Esther 6:12; Jeremiah 14:4. Septuagint, Καταλαλήσουσι καὶ αὐτῶν πάντες αὐτοί, taking the verb to mean "shall open" (not "cover") their lips against them. For there is no answer of God. There was no revelation (Psalm 74:9; Ezekiel 7:26). Septuagint, Διότι οὐκ ἔσται ὁ ἐπακούων αὐτῶν, "Because there shall be none that hearkeneth unto them."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded,.... When the events of things will make it most clearly appear to all that their visions, divinations, and prophecies, are false; they will not be able to lift up their heads, or show their faces, but shame and confusion will cover them:

yea, they shall all cover their lips; stop their mouths, hold their tongues, and be entirely and totally silenced; they will not pretend to utter any other vision or prophecy; nor be able to say one word in defence of themselves, and of what they have before prophesied; every thing in providence being contrary to what they had said, and agreeable to the words of the true prophets; or they shall cover their lips as mourners; as the Targum adds, by way of explanation; see Ezekiel 24:17. It is said (e) there were two gates in Solomon's temple; one called the gate of the bridegrooms, the other the gate of mourners; to those that entered the latter, if their lip was covered, it was said, he that dwells in this house comfort thee; and so the lips of the false prophets being covered may signify that they were now sorry for what they had done, at least because of the calamities on them and the people; though the former sense seems best:

for there is no answer of God; not that they shall be ashamed and silenced because they shall now have no answer of God, for they never had any, which this would imply; but that it shall now be most plain and clear to all that the Lord never spoke by them, and they never had any answer from him; all their visions, divinations, and prophecies, were of, themselves, and not of him; what they delivered was not the word of the Lord, but their own; and this now being discovered and manifest to everyone, wilt put them to utter silence and shame. The Targum is,

"for there is not in them a spirit of prophecy from the Lord.''

(e) R. Jacob, Sepher Musar, c. 9. apud Drusii Proverb. claSongs 2. l. 21. sect. 194.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. cover their lips—The Orientals prided themselves on the moustache and beard ("upper lip," Margin). To cover it, therefore, was a token of shame and sorrow (Le 13:45; Eze 24:17, 22). "They shall be so ashamed of themselves as not to dare to open their mouths or boast of the name of prophet" [Calvin].

there is no answer of God—They shall no more profess to have responses from God, being struck dumb with calamities (Mic 3:6).

Micah 3:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Rulers and Prophets Condemned
6Therefore 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. 7The seers will be ashamed And the diviners will be embarrassed. Indeed, they will all cover their mouths Because there is no answer from God. 8On the other hand I am filled with power-- With the Spirit of the LORD-- And with justice and courage To make known to Jacob his rebellious act, Even to Israel his sin.…
Cross References
Leviticus 13:45
"Anyone with such a defiling disease must wear torn clothes, let their hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of their face and cry out, 'Unclean! Unclean!'

1 Samuel 28:6
He inquired of the LORD, but the LORD did not answer him by dreams or Urim or prophets.

Isaiah 44:25
who foils the signs of false prophets and makes fools of diviners, who overthrows the learning of the wise and turns it into nonsense,

Isaiah 47:12
"Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror.

Micah 3:4
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.

Micah 7:16
Nations will see and be ashamed, deprived of all their power. They will put their hands over their mouths and their ears will become deaf.

Zechariah 13:4
"On that day every prophet will be ashamed of their prophetic vision. They will not put on a prophet's garment of hair in order to deceive.
Treasury of Scripture

Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yes, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.

the seers.

Exodus 8:18,19 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, …

Exodus 9:11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; …

1 Samuel 9:9 (Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he …

Isaiah 44:25 That frustrates the tokens of the liars, and makes diviners mad; …

Isaiah 47:12-14 Stand now with your enchantments, and with the multitude of your …

Daniel 2:9-11 But if you will not make known to me the dream, there is but one …

Zechariah 13:4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be …

2 Timothy 3:8,9 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist …

cover.

Leviticus 13:45 And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and …

Ezekiel 24:17,22 Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of your …

lips. Heb. upper lip. no.

1 Samuel 14:37 And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? …

1 Samuel 28:6,15 And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither …

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

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

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