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Bible Commentaries

Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Micah 3

Verse 1

I. Hebrew and Septuagint, "He, the Lord, said;" or, Micheas addressed the princes of both kingdoms, under Ezechias, ver. 12., and Jeremias xxvi. 18. --- To know and practice, Osee vi. 3. (Calmet) --- Both rich and poor strove to extort from each other. (Worthington)

Verse 2

Skins. When some exhorted Tiberius to lay on more taxes, he replied: "a good shepherd must shear the flock, and not tear off the skin." (Suetorius xxxii.)

Verse 5

Peace. They pretend goodness, while they do the greatest mischief. --- Prepare. Literally, "sanctify," (Haydock) or denounce war. (Calmet) --- False prophets seek their private lucre. (Worthington)

Verse 6

Vision. Impostors shall skulk through fear, when the people shall see that they were not sent, ver. 7.

Verse 8

Spirit. I am no impostor, chap. ii. 11.

Verse 10

Iniquity. You offer victims unjustly procured, or build your palaces with what belongs to the poor.

Verse 11

Hire. It is not lawful to refuse instruction to those who have nothing; nor must priests act solely for a temporal reward, though reason shews that they should be supported by those whom they have to teach, Matthew x. 8, 10., Galatians vi. 6., and 1 Timothy v. 18. (Calmet) --- The judges grew rich by other people's quarrels; and, as all ranks offended, they were justly involved in ruin, ver. 12. (Worthington)

Verse 12

Forests, after its destruction by Nabuchodonosor. (Calmet) --- In the space of three years' neglect, shrubs were growing in the courts of the temple, 1 Machabees iv. 38. (Haydock) --- Rufus ploughed up the spot where the temple had stood, after the Romans had burnt it down. (St. Jerome; Josephus, Jewish Wars vii. 20.) --- This prediction made a deep impression on the minds of the people. It caused them to refrain from killing Jeremias, ver. 1. (Calmet)

Verse 13

CHAPTER III.

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Micah 3". "Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/hcc/micah-3.html. 1859.