Micah 7:3
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
Both their hands are equally skilled at doing evil! Officials and judges alike demand bribes. The people with influence get what they want, and together they scheme to twist justice.

English Standard Version
Their hands are on what is evil, to do it well; the prince and the judge ask for a bribe, and the great man utters the evil desire of his soul; thus they weave it together.

New American Standard Bible
Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, And a great man speaks the desire of his soul; So they weave it together.

King James Bible
That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Both hands are good at accomplishing evil: the official and the judge demand a bribe; when the powerful man communicates his evil desire, they plot it together.

International Standard Version
And speaking of evil, they practice it eagerly—with both hands! Both leader and judge demand a bribe, the famous confess their perverted desires, and they scheme together.

NET Bible
They are determined to be experts at doing evil; government officials and judges take bribes, prominent men make demands, and they all do what is necessary to satisfy them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Their hands are skilled in doing evil. Officials ask for gifts. Judges accept bribes. Powerful people dictate what they want. So they scheme together.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Their hands are upon that which is evil to do it diligently; The prince asketh, and the judge is ready for a reward; And the great man, he uttereth the evil desire of his soul; Thus they weave it together.

New American Standard 1977
Concerning evil, both hands do it well.
            The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe,
            And a great man speaks the desire of his soul;
            So they weave it together.

Jubilee Bible 2000
To complete the evil with their hands, the prince demands, and the judge judges for a reward; and the great man speaks the desires of his heart: and they confirm it.

King James 2000 Bible
That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, and the judge asks for a bribe; and the great man, he utters his evil desire: so they weave it together.

American King James Version
That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, and the judge asks for a reward; and the great man, he utters his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

American Standard Version
Their hands are upon that which is evil to do it diligently; the prince asketh, and the judge is ready for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth the evil desire of his soul: thus they weave it together.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The evil of their hands they call good: the prince requireth, and the judge is for giving: and the great man hath uttered the desire of his soul, and they have troubled it.

Darby Bible Translation
Both hands are for evil, to do it well. The prince asketh, and the judge [is there] for a reward; and the great [man] uttereth his soul's greed: and [together] they combine it.

English Revised Version
Their hands are upon that which is evil to do it diligently; the prince asketh, and the judge is ready for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth the mischief of his soul: thus they weave it together.

Webster's Bible Translation
That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

World English Bible
Their hands are on that which is evil to do it diligently. The ruler and judge ask for a bribe; and the powerful man dictates the evil desire of his soul. Thus they conspire together.

Young's Literal Translation
On the evil are both hands to do it well, The prince is asking -- also the judge -- for recompence, And the great -- he is speaking the mischief of his soul, And they wrap it up.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
7:1-7 The prophet bemoans himself that he lived among a people ripening apace for ruin, in which many good persons would suffer. Men had no comfort, no satisfaction in their own families or in their nearest relations. Contempt and violation of domestic duties are a sad symptom of universal corruption. Those are never likely to come to good who are undutiful to their parents. The prophet saw no safety or comfort but in looking to the Lord, and waiting on God his salvation. When under trials, we should look continually to our Divine Redeemer, that we may have strength and grace to trust in him, and to be examples to those around us.
Study Bible
Israel's Great Misery
2The 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. 3Concerning evil, both hands do it well. The prince asks, also the judge, for a bribe, And a great man speaks the desire of his soul; So they weave it together. 4The best of them is like a briar, The most upright like a thorn hedge. The day when you post your watchmen, Your punishment will come. Then their confusion will occur.…
Cross References
Proverbs 4:16
For they cannot sleep unless they do evil; And they are robbed of sleep unless they make someone stumble.

Proverbs 4:17
For they eat the bread of wickedness And drink the wine of violence.

Proverbs 17:23
A wicked man receives a bribe from the bosom To pervert the ways of justice.

Isaiah 1:23
Your rulers are rebels And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow's plea come before them.

Isaiah 3:5
And the people will be oppressed, Each one by another, and each one by his neighbor; The youth will storm against the elder And the inferior against the honorable.

Isaiah 5:23
Who justify the wicked for a bribe, And take away the rights of the ones who are in the right!

Isaiah 32:7
As for a rogue, his weapons are evil; He devises wicked schemes To destroy the afflicted with slander, Even though the needy one speaks what is right.

Ezekiel 9:9
Then He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is very, very great, and the land is filled with blood and the city is full of perversion; for they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see!'

Ezekiel 22:12
"In you they have taken bribes to shed blood; you have taken interest and profits, and you have injured your neighbors for gain by oppression, and you have forgotten Me," declares the Lord GOD.

Hosea 7:3
With their wickedness they make the king glad, And the princes with their lies.
Treasury of Scripture

That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, and the judge asks for a reward; and the great man, he utters his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.

do.

Proverbs 4:16,17 For they sleep not, except they have done mischief; and their sleep …

Jeremiah 3:5 Will he reserve his anger for ever? will he keep it to the end? …

Ezekiel 22:6 Behold, the princes of Israel, every one were in you to their power …

the prince.

Micah 3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach …

Isaiah 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one …

Jeremiah 8:10 Therefore will I give their wives to others, and their fields to …

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

Hosea 4:18 Their drink is sour: they have committed prostitution continually: …

Amos 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they …

Matthew 26:15 And said to them, What will you give me, and I will deliver him to …

the great.

1 Kings 21:9-14 And she wrote in the letters, saying, Proclaim a fast, and set Naboth …

his mischievous desire. Heb. the mischief of his soul. wrap.

Isaiah 26:21 For, behold, the LORD comes out of his place to punish the inhabitants …

Luke 12:1,2 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable …

1 Corinthians 4:5 Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who …

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