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1 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?

2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;

3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.

4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.

6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer of God.

8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.

9 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.

10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.

11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.

12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.

Commentary for Micah 3

The cruelty of the princes, and the falsehood of the prophets. (1-8) Their false security. (9-12)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.

9-12 Zion's walls owe no thanks to those that build them up with blood and iniquity. The sin of man works not the righteousness of God. Even when men do that which in itself is good, but do it for filthy lucre, it becomes abomination both to God and man. Faith rests in the Lord as the soul's foundation: presumption only leans upon the Lord as a prop, and would use him to serve a turn. If men's having the Lord among them will not keep them from doing evil, it never can secure them from suffering evil for so doing. See the doom of wicked Jacob; Therefore shall Zion for your sake be ploughed as a field. This was exactly fulfilled at the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans, and is so at this day. If sacred places are polluted by sin, they will be wasted and ruined by the judgments of God.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Micah 3

  • BSP
    Verses 2 and 3: The leaders were to care for and shepherd the people, but instead they were tearing them apart.
  • Joyce Ballentine
    Mich 's message strongly condemns false testimony. likewise today, if a disciple of Christ cannot engage in truthful speech, this person will cause many to distrust the speech of believers and diminish their christian witness.
  • Louiza
    For sure what is talked of in this scripture is happening in the world today.....but my concern goes to the congregation that continues to listen and follow these false prophets....we all know that Jesus paid the ultimate price,so why do people continue to follow such prophets??????
  • Diesel
    THIS CHAPTER EXPLAINS WHY THERE IS SO MUCH WICKEDNESS TODAY WITH ALL THESE MODERN CHURCHS, PASTORS, PROPHETS, ETC. SHALOM
  • Eric
    Verse 11 jumps out at me. How the priests teach for hire.Yet the Lord shares freely the scriptures.The prophets divine for money what is also freely given, though I suspect these are not true prophets that are being spoken of.It sounds too much like what is happening in our world today.
  • Pastor Ruby
    I have been reading this chapter for two years and studying it. This message is definitely for today. God has put this in my heart to go in His power to wherever He sends me to preach this message. There are a lot of people who are guilty today of what these priests were doing.
  • Michael for verse 8
    Micah in 3:8 was portraying uniqueness of the spirit of God.HePronunced that he is saturated with power only by the Lords spirit.This explains that the power we have as christian is given to us through God's spirit.

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Bible Trivia

God warns against which of the following concerning the trial of religious leaders in the book of Micah?
  • Priests teaching to get money
  • Priests teaching for pleasure
  • Priests teaching the Gentiles
  • Priests teaching about Satan
  • None