New International Version
you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the 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;
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;
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,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Hear - O heads of Jacob - The metaphor of the flock is still carried on. The chiefs of Jacob, and the princes of Israel, instead of taking care of the flocks, defending them, and finding them pasture, oppressed them in various ways. They are like wolves, who tear the skin of the sheep, and the flesh off their bones. This applies to all unjust and oppressive rulers.
Suetonius tells us, in his Life of Tiberius, that when the governors of provinces wrote to the emperor, entreating him to increase the tributes, he wrote back: "It is the property of a good shepherd to shear his sheep, not to skin them." Praesidibus onerandas tributo provincias suadentibus rescripsit: Boni Pastoris esse Tondere pecus, non Deglubebe. This is a maxim which many rulers of the earth do not seem to understand.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Apostasy in Two Days.
In our introduction we gave a number of texts which spoke of the whole of the gospel dispensation as one day; but any period of time distinguished by some extraordinary historic event may be and is also termed a day. The apostasy or dark noonday being under two forms is marked in Bible history as two days. The first form of the apostasy, namely, Catholicism, is called by the Scriptures a "dark day." A Cloudy Day. The second form of the apostasy was not such utter darkness as the first, and is therefore …
Charles Ebert Orr—The Gospel Day
Of Councils and their Authority.
Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on God.
I will expose your righteousness and your works, and they will not benefit you.
"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.
Her officials within her are like wolves tearing their prey; they shed blood and kill people to make unjust gain.
Put into it the pieces of meat, all the choice pieces--the leg and the shoulder. Fill it with the best of these bones;
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.
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.
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