Micah 3:1
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?

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?

New King James Version
And I said: “Hear now, O heads of Jacob, And you rulers of the house of Israel: Is it not for you to know justice?

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

NASB 1995
And I said, "Hear now, heads of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel. Is it not for you to know justice?

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

Amplified Bible
And I said, “Hear now, heads of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel. Is it not for you to know and administer justice?

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?

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?

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?

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And he shall say, Hear now these words, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and ye remnant of the house of Israel; is it not for you to know judgment?

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

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,

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?

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

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

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?—

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?

Literal Standard Version
And I say, “Now hear, O heads of Jacob, "" And you judges of the house of Israel, "" Is it not for you to know the judgment?

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?

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?

Additional Translations ...
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
He replied, "The iniquity of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great. The land is full of bloodshed, and the city is 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.

Micah 3:9,10
Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity…

Isaiah 1:10
Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

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

Is it.

Deuteronomy 1:13-17
Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you…

Deuteronomy 16:18
Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.

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









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).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
Then I said:
וָאֹמַ֗ר (wā·’ō·mar)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“Hear
שִׁמְעוּ־ (šim·‘ū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8085: To hear intelligently

now,
נָא֙ (nā)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

O leaders
רָאשֵׁ֣י (rā·šê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head

of Jacob,
יַעֲקֹ֔ב (ya·‘ă·qōḇ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3290: Jacob -- a son of Isaac, also his desc

you rulers
וּקְצִינֵ֖י (ū·qə·ṣî·nê)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 7101: A magistrate, other leader

of the house
בֵּ֣ית (bêṯ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

of Israel.
יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

Should you not
הֲל֣וֹא (hă·lō·w)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

know
לָדַ֖עַת (lā·ḏa·‘aṯ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3045: To know

justice?
הַמִּשְׁפָּֽט׃ (ham·miš·pāṭ)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style


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