Micah 3:7
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.

Berean Study Bible
Then the seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their mouths because 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.

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.

Contemporary English Version
You prophets and fortunetellers will all be disgraced, with no message from me."

Good News Translation
Those who predict the future will be disgraced by their failure. They will all be humiliated because God does not answer them.

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."

New Heart 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."

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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the seers shall be put to shame, and the diviners confounded; Yea, they shall all cover their upper lips; For there shall be no answer of God.

New American Standard 1977
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.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the seers of night-visions shall be ashamed, and the prophets shall be laughed to scorn: and all the people shall speak against them, because there shall be none to hearken to them.

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.
Study Bible
Rulers and Prophets Condemned
6Therefore the night will come over you without visions, and the darkness without divination. The sun will set on these prophets, and the daylight will turn black over them. 7Then the seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their mouths because there is no answer from God. 8As for me, however, I am filled with power by the Spirit of the LORD, with justice and courage, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.…
Cross References
Leviticus 13:45
A diseased person must wear torn clothes and let his hair hang loose, and he must cover his mouth 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 confounds the wise and turns their knowledge into nonsense,

Isaiah 47:12
So take your stand with your spells and with your many sorceries, with which you have wearied yourself from your youth. Perhaps you will succeed; perhaps you will inspire 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 might. They will put their hands over their mouths, and their ears will become deaf.

Zechariah 13:4
And on that day every prophet who prophesies will be ashamed of his vision, and he will not put on a hairy cloak 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, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast…

Exodus 9:11
And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.

1 Samuel 9:9
(Beforetime in Israel, when a man went to inquire of God, thus he spake, Come, and let us go to the seer: for he that is now called a Prophet was beforetime called a Seer.)

cover.

Leviticus 13:45
And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and his head bare, and he shall put a covering upon his upper lip, and shall cry, Unclean, unclean.

Ezekiel 24:17,22
Forbear to cry, make no mourning for the dead, bind the tire of thine head upon thee, and put on thy shoes upon thy feet, and cover not thy lips, and eat not the bread of men…

lips.

1 Samuel 14:37
And Saul asked counsel of God, Shall I go down after the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into the hand of Israel? But he answered him not that day.

1 Samuel 28:6,15
And when Saul inquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets…

Psalm 74:9
We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.







Lexicon
Then the seers
הַחֹזִ֗ים (ha·ḥō·zîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2374: A beholder in vision, a compact

will be ashamed
וּבֹ֣שׁוּ (ū·ḇō·šū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 954: To pale, to be ashamed, to be disappointed, delayed

and the diviners
הַקֹּ֣סְמִ֔ים (haq·qō·sə·mîm)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7080: To distribute, determine by lot, magical scroll, to divine

disgraced.
וְחָֽפְרוּ֙ (wə·ḥā·p̄ə·rū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 2659: To blush, to be ashamed, disappointed, to shame, reproach

They will all
כֻּלָּ֑ם (kul·lām)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

cover
וְעָט֥וּ (wə·‘ā·ṭū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 5844: To wrap oneself, enwrap, envelop oneself

their mouths
שָׂפָ֖ם (śā·p̄ām)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 8222: The beard

because
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

[there is] no
אֵ֥ין (’ên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 369: A non-entity, a negative particle

answer
מַעֲנֵ֖ה (ma·‘ă·nêh)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4617: An answer, response

from God.
אֱלֹהִֽים׃ (’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative
(7) They shall all cover their lips.--As the lepers, who were cut off from all communication with men, so also these false prophets, being cut off from all communion with God, were to "put a covering upon the upper lip." It was also a sign of mourning for one dead, and Ezekiel was commanded to awaken the astonishment of the people by omitting to cover his upper lip when his wife died.

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." 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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