Micah Chapter 3 (Original 1611 KJV Bible)
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1 The crueltie of the Princes. 5 The falshood of the Prophets. 8 The security of them both.
6 Therefore night shall be vnto you, that yee shall not haue a vision, and it shall be darke vnto you, that yee shall not diuine, and the Sunne shall goe downe ouer the Prophets, and the day shall be darke ouer them.6
11 The heads thereof iudge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hyre, and the Prophets thereof diuine for money: yet will they leane vpon the Lord, and say; Is not the Lord among vs? none euill can come vpon vs.11
View Wesley's Notes for Micah Chapter 3
3:1 Is it not for you - Ought not you to understand, and conform to, the just laws of your God. You princes, magistrates, and ruling officers, ought of all men to know and do right.
3:2 The good - Ye who hate not only to do good, but the good which is done, and those that do it. The evil - Chuse, and delight in, both evil works and evil workers. Who pluck it off - Ye who use the flock as cruelly as the shepherd, who instead of shearing the fleece, would pluck off the skin and flesh.
3:3 The flesh - Ye who devour the goods, and livelihood of your brethren. Break their bones - An allusion to wolves, bears, or lions, which devour the flesh, and break the bones of the defenceless lambs.
3:4 Then - When these miseries come upon them.
3:5 That bite - When they are furnished with gifts, and well fed. Prepare war - They do them all the mischief they can.
3:6 Night - Heavy calamities. A vision - You shall no more pretend to have a vision, or dare to foretell any thing. And the sun - The hand of God shall be against them, making their sorrows the more dreadful, as darkness by the sun going down at noon.
3:7 The seers - So called by the deceived people. Cover their lips - Mourners did thus, #Ezek 24:17|,22. So these shall mourn and pine in their shame. No answer - Because the answer they had formerly, pretended to be from God, now appears not to have been from him.
3:8 Power - Courage, and vivacity. Of judgment - To discern times and seasons, right from wrong. Might - Resolution.
3:10 They - The heads and great ones enlarge, beautify, and fortify, the house in Zion, particularly the temple and the royal palace. Blood - With wealth, which they made themselves masters of by violence, taking away the life of the owners.
3:11 Lean - Pretend to trust in him. Among us - As our God and our shield.
3:12 For your sake - Because of your sins. The mountain - The mountain, on which the temple stood. This is that passage, which is quoted, #Jer 26:18|, which Hezekiah and his princes took well: yea, they repented and so the execution of it did not come in their days.
Micah Chapter 3 Sidenote References (from Original 1611 KJV Bible):
6 Hebr. from a vision. , Heb. from diuining.
7 Heb. vpper lippe.
10 Ezek. 22. 27. zeph.3. 3. , Heb. bloods.
11 Heb. saying.
* Courtesy of Rare Book and Manuscript Library, University of Pennsylvania
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