Micah 3:1
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New International Version
Then I said, "Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel. Should you not embrace justice,

New Living Translation
I said, "Listen, you leaders of Israel! You are supposed to know right from wrong,

English Standard Version
And I said: Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Is it not for you to know justice?—

Berean Study Bible
Then I said: “Hear now, O leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice?

New American Standard Bible
And I said, "Hear now, heads of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel. Is it not for you to know justice?

King James Bible
And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

Christian Standard Bible
Then I said, "Now listen, leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Aren't you supposed to know what is just?

Contemporary English Version
Listen to me, you rulers of Israel! You know right from wrong,

Good News Translation
Listen, you rulers of Israel! You are supposed to be concerned about justice,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then I said, "Now listen, leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Aren't you supposed to know what is just?

International Standard Version
"He will say, 'Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you officials of the house of Israel! You should know justice, should you not?—

NET Bible
I said, "Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the nation of Israel! You ought to know what is just,

New Heart English Bible
I said, "Please listen, you heads of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel: Isn't it for you to know justice?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then I said: Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the nation of Israel. You should know justice.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And I said: Hear, I pray you, ye heads of Jacob, And rulers of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know justice?

New American Standard 1977
And I said, “Hear now, heads of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel. Is it not for you to know justice?

Jubilee Bible 2000
And I said, Hear, I pray you, O princes of Jacob, and ye heads of the house of Israel. Did it not pertain to you to know that which is right?

King James 2000 Bible
And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you rulers of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

American King James Version
And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

American Standard Version
And I said, Hear, I pray you, ye heads of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel: is it not for you to know justice?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And I said: Hear, O ye princes of Jacob, and ye chiefs of the house of Israel: Is it not your part to know judgment,

Darby Bible Translation
And I said, Hear, I pray you, ye heads of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know judgment?

English Revised Version
And I said, Hear, I pray you, ye heads of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel: is it not for you to know judgment?

Webster's Bible Translation
And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know judgment?

World English Bible
I said, "Please listen, you heads of Jacob, and rulers of the house of Israel: Isn't it for you to know justice?

Young's Literal Translation
And I say, 'Hear, I pray you, heads of Jacob, And ye judges of the house of Israel, Is it not for you to know the judgment?
Study Bible
Rulers and Prophets Condemned
1Then I said: “Hear now, O leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Should you not know justice? 2You hate good and love evil. You tear the skin from My people and strip the flesh from their bones.…
Cross References
Psalm 82:1
God presides in the divine assembly; He renders judgment among the gods:

Psalm 82:5
They do not know or understand; they wander in the darkness; all the foundations of the earth are shaken."

Isaiah 1:10
Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; listen to the instruction of our God, you people of Gomorrah!

Jeremiah 5:5
I will go to the powerful and speak to them. Surely they know the way of the LORD, the justice of their God. But they too, with one accord, had broken the yoke and torn off the chains.

Ezekiel 9:9
And He said to me, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of bloodshed, and the city full of perversity. For they say, 'The LORD has forsaken the land; the LORD does not see.'

Ezekiel 34:2
"Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel. Prophesy and tell them that this is what the Lord GOD says: 'Woe to the shepherds of Israel, who only feed themselves! Should not the shepherds feed their flock?

Micah 2:13
One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate, and go out by it. Their king will pass through before them, the LORD as their leader.

Micah 3:9
Now hear this, O leaders of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who despise justice and pervert all that is right,

Treasury of Scripture

And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?

Cir. A.M.

Micah 3:9,10 Hear this, I pray you, you heads of the house of Jacob, and princes …

Isaiah 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law …

Jeremiah 13:15-18 Hear you, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD has spoken…

Jeremiah 22:2,3 And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sit on …

Hosea 5:1 Hear you this, O priests; and listen, you house of Israel; and give …

Amos 4:1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, …

Is it.

Deuteronomy 1:13-17 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, …

Deuteronomy 16:18 Judges and officers shall you make you in all your gates, which the …

2 Chronicles 19:5-10 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of …

Psalm 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people …

Psalm 82:1-5 God stands in the congregation of the mighty; he judges among the gods…

Jeremiah 5:4,5 Therefore I said, Surely these are poor; they are foolish: for they …

1 Corinthians 6:5 I speak to your shame. Is it so, that there is not a wise man among …







III.

(1) Hear, I pray you.--In the second division of his prophecy Micah protests against the evil influences exercised upon the people in high places. The princes, the prophets, and the priests, to whom their interests were confided, were guilty of wrong, oppression, and robbery.

Ye princes.--Rather, judges, magistrates; but a different word is used from that which was given to the chiefs in the old days "when the judges ruled."

Verse 1-ch. 5:15. - Part II. DENUNCIATION OF THE CRIMES OF THE GRANDEES, FOLLOWED BY A PROMISE OF THE GLORIFICATION OF ZION, THE BIRTH OF MESSIAH, AND THE HIGHEST EXALTATION OF THE PEOPLE. Verses 1-4. - § 1. Sins of the rulers, and their punishment. Verse 1. - The prophet denounces the sins of the rulers, false prophets, and priests; and begins with the injustice and oppression practised by the great men. And I said. The new address is thus introduced as being analogous to the denunciations in the preceding chapter, which were interrupted by the promise of deliverance, to which there is no reference here. O heads of Jacob; synonymous with princes of the house of Israel (comp. ver. 8; Micah 1:5). Micah addresses the heads of families and the officials to whom the administration of justice appertained. These magistrates and judges seem to have been chiefly members of the royal family, at any rate in Judah; see Jeremiah 21:11, 12 (Cheyne). Septuagint, οἱ κατάλοιποι οἴκου Ἰσραήλ, "ye remnant of the house of Israel." Is it not for you to know judgment? Ye, of all men, ought to know what is just and fair, and to practise it (compare the opening of the Book of Wisdom). And I said, hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel,.... This seems to be a new sermon or discourse, delivered at another time and to another people than the preceding for, as that chiefly concerns the ten tribes, this the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and was spoken to them in the times of Hezekiah, as appears from Jeremiah 26:18; for though Jacob and Israel generally design the ten tribes, yet here the other two, as is manifest from the above cited place, and also from Micah 3:9; and not only heads of families, but such as were the highest posts under the government, the sanhedrim of the nation, judges, rulers, and nobles, are here addressed; and who had a great share in national guilt, being ringleaders in sin, who ought to have set good examples to others; and these are not to be spared because of their grandeur and dignity, but to faithfully reproved for their vices, and which they should diligently attend unto; though they are to be addressed in a respectful and honourable manner, and be entreated to hearken to the word of the Lord by his prophet; all which was carefully observed by Micah; and it was with pleasure he could reflect upon his plain, faithful, and affectionate reproof of those great men:

is it not for you to know judgment? what is just and right to be done by men, and what sentence is to be passed in courts of judicature, in cases brought before them and not only to know, in a speculative way, what is equitable, but to practise it themselves, and see that it is done by others; and when they duly considered this, they would be able to see and own that what the prophet from the Lord would now charge them with, or denounce upon them, was according to truth and justice. CHAPTER 3

Mic 3:1-12. The Sins of the Princes, Prophets, and Priests: The Consequent Desolation of Zion.

1. princes—magistrates or judges.

Is it not for you?—Is it not your special function (Jer 5:4, 5)?

judgment—justice. Ye sit in judgment on others; surely then ye ought to know the judgment for injustice which awaits yourselves (Ro 2:1).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.
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