Micah 3
New American Standard Bible
Rulers Denounced

    1And I said,
  “Hear now, heads of Jacob
  And rulers of the house of Israel.
  Is it not for you to know justice?

2“You who hate good and love evil,
  Who tear off their skin from them
  And their flesh from their bones,

3Who eat the flesh of my people,
  Strip off their skin from them,
  Break their bones
  And chop them up as for the pot
  And as meat in a kettle.”

4Then they will cry out to the LORD,
  But He will not answer them.
  Instead, He will hide His face from them at that time
  Because they have practiced evil deeds.

    5Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray;
  When they have something to bite with their teeth,
  They cry, “Peace,”
  But against him who puts nothing in their mouths
  They declare holy war.

6Therefore it will be night for you—without vision,
  And darkness for you—without divination.
  The sun will go down on the prophets,
  And the day will become dark over them.

7The seers will be ashamed
  And the diviners will be embarrassed.
  Indeed, they will all cover their mouths
  Because there is no answer from God.

8On the other hand I am filled with power—
  With the Spirit of the LORD
  And with justice and courage
  To make known to Jacob his rebellious act,
  Even to Israel his sin.

9Now hear this, heads of the house of Jacob
  And rulers of the house of Israel,
  Who abhor justice
  And twist everything that is straight,

10Who build Zion with bloodshed
  And Jerusalem with violent injustice.

11Her leaders pronounce judgment for a bribe,
  Her priests instruct for a price
  And her prophets divine for money.
  Yet they lean on the LORD saying,
  “Is not the LORD in our midst?
  Calamity will not come upon us.”

12Therefore, on account of you
  Zion will be plowed as a field,
  Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins,
  And the mountain of the temple will become high places of a forest.

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