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Micah 3

Introduction

1The cruelty of the princes.
5The falsehood of the prophets.
8The ill-grounded security of them both.

Verse 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?
Cir
A.M. 3294. B.C. 710. Hear.
9,10; Isaiah 1:10; Jeremiah 13:15-18; 22:2,3; Hosea 5:1; Amos 4:1
Is it
Deuteronomy 1:13-17; 16:18; 2 Chronicles 19:5-10; Psalms 14:4; 82:1-5; Jeremiah 5:4,5; 1 Corinthians 6:5
Reciprocal: Exodus 23:6 - GeneralDeuteronomy 1:17 - ye shall hear;  Deuteronomy 25:1 - General1 Kings 21:19 - Hast thou killed;  2 Chronicles 36:14 - all the chief;  Nehemiah 13:17 - I contended;  Psalm 58:2 - in heart;  Psalm 82:2 - judge;  Psalm 82:5 - know not;  Psalm 101:8 - early;  Proverbs 29:7 - but;  Proverbs 30:14 - to devour;  Ecclesiastes 5:8 - regardeth;  Isaiah 1:23 - princes;  Isaiah 3:5 - the people;  Isaiah 10:1 - them;  Isaiah 29:10 - rulers;  Isaiah 32:6 - empty;  Isaiah 59:6 - their works;  Jeremiah 6:7 - violence;  Jeremiah 7:2 - Hear;  Jeremiah 17:20 - GeneralJeremiah 21:11 - GeneralJeremiah 32:32 - they;  Jeremiah 38:4 - the princes;  Ezekiel 9:9 - perverseness;  Ezekiel 22:6 - the princes;  Ezekiel 34:2 - Woe;  Ezekiel 34:3 - ye kill;  Ezekiel 45:8 - and my princes;  Ezekiel 46:18 - thrust;  Hosea 12:7 - he loveth;  Joel 1:2 - Hear;  Amos 3:1 - Hear;  Amos 5:11 - treading;  Micah 6:12 - the rich;  Habakkuk 1:4 - for;  Zephaniah 3:3 - princes;  Zechariah 7:10 - oppress;  Zechariah 11:5 - possessors;  Mark 12:40 - devour;  Luke 13:32 - that fox;  Luke 18:2 - which;  Romans 13:4 - he is

Verse 2

Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
hate
1 Kings 21:20; 22:6-8; Amos 5:10-14; Luke 19:14; John 7:7; 15:18,19,23,24; Acts 7:51,52; Romans 12:9; 2 Timothy 3:3
love
2 Chronicles 19:2; Psalms 15:4; 139:21,22; Proverbs 28:4; John 18:40; Romans 1:32
pluck
Psalms 53:4; Isaiah 3:15; Ezekiel 22:27; 34:3; Amos 8:4-6; Zephaniah 3:3; Zechariah 11:4,5
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 25:1 - GeneralJob 31:31 - Oh;  Psalm 14:4 - eat up;  Psalm 52:3 - lovest;  Psalm 57:3 - from the reproach of him;  Psalm 94:5 - break;  Psalm 103:6 - executeth;  Proverbs 1:12 - swallow;  Proverbs 21:10 - findeth no favour;  Isaiah 1:21 - it was full;  Isaiah 57:12 - GeneralIsaiah 58:6 - to loose;  Jeremiah 6:13 - For;  Ezekiel 11:6 - GeneralEzekiel 11:7 - Your;  Ezekiel 16:49 - neither;  Ezekiel 18:7 - hath not;  Ezekiel 24:4 - GeneralHosea 4:2 - swearing;  Amos 2:6 - because;  Luke 20:47 - devour;  Philippians 1:10 - ye;  2 Thessalonians 2:12 - but

Verse 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.
eat
Psalms 14:4
and chop
Ezekiel 11:3,6,7
Reciprocal: Exodus 1:14 - was with rigour;  Job 19:22 - and are not;  Job 31:31 - Oh;  Psalm 57:3 - from the reproach of him;  Psalm 94:5 - break;  Proverbs 1:12 - swallow;  Proverbs 21:10 - findeth no favour;  Isaiah 1:21 - it was full;  Isaiah 3:15 - ye beat;  Jeremiah 6:13 - For;  Ezekiel 7:11 - Violence;  Ezekiel 22:27 - princes;  Ezekiel 22:29 - people;  Ezekiel 24:4 - GeneralAmos 2:6 - because;  John 19:31 - their;  Acts 23:10 - fearing;  James 5:3 - and shall

Verse 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.
Then
2:3,4; Jeremiah 5:31
cry
Psalms 18:41; Proverbs 1:28; 28:9; Isaiah 1:15; Jeremiah 2:27,28; Ezekiel 8:18; Zechariah 7:13; Matthew 7:22; Luke 13:25; John 9:31; James 2:13
he will even
Deuteronomy 31:17,18; 32:19,20; Isaiah 59:1-15; Jeremiah 33:5
as
Isaiah 3:11; Romans 2:8,9
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 8:18 - will not hear;  2 Samuel 22:42 - unto the Lord;  2 Kings 18:12 - they obeyed not;  Job 27:9 - Will God;  Isaiah 8:17 - hideth;  Isaiah 59:2 - hid;  Jeremiah 7:16 - I will;  Jeremiah 11:11 - cry;  Jeremiah 14:12 - they fast;  Hosea 5:6 - they;  James 4:3 - and

Verse 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.
concerning
11; Isaiah 9:15,16; Jeremiah 14:14,15; 23:9-17,27,32; 28:15-17; 29:21-23; Ezekiel 13:10-16; 22:25-29; Malachi 2:8; Matthew 15:14
that bite
2:11; Isaiah 56:9-12; Ezekiel 13:18,19; Matthew 7:15; Romans 16:18
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 2:16 - I will take;  1 Samuel 2:29 - make;  2 Chronicles 18:11 - all the prophets;  Psalm 28:3 - speak;  Psalm 59:15 - if;  Psalm 73:6 - violence;  Proverbs 4:17 - GeneralProverbs 28:21 - for;  Isaiah 56:11 - they are;  Jeremiah 6:13 - For;  Jeremiah 8:10 - for;  Jeremiah 23:17 - Ye;  Jeremiah 27:15 - ye;  Lamentations 2:14 - prophets;  Ezekiel 13:4 - like;  Hosea 4:5 - and the prophet;  Zephaniah 3:4 - light;  Matthew 24:49 - and to;  Ephesians 5:6 - no;  Philippians 3:19 - whose God;  1 Thessalonians 2:5 - a cloak;  1 Timothy 3:3 - not covetous;  Titus 1:11 - filthy;  2 Peter 2:1 - there were

Verse 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.
night
Psalms 74:9; Isaiah 8:20-22; Jeremiah 13:16; Ezekiel 13:22,23; Zechariah 13:2-4
that ye shall not have a vision
Heb. from a vision. that ye shall not divine. Heb. from divining. the sun.
Isaiah 29:10; 59:10; Jeremiah 15:9; Amos 8:9,10
Reciprocal: Isaiah 22:1 - of vision;  Isaiah 56:11 - are shepherds;  Jeremiah 6:15 - therefore;  Lamentations 2:9 - her prophets;  Lamentations 4:14 - have wandered;  Ezekiel 3:26 - and shalt;  Ezekiel 7:26 - but;  Amos 8:11 - but;  Zephaniah 3:4 - light;  Zechariah 10:2 - the diviners;  Zechariah 11:17 - the sword;  Zechariah 13:4 - the prophets;  Malachi 2:9 - made;  Matthew 15:14 - And if;  Luke 6:39 - shall

Verse 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.
the seers
Exodus 8:18,19; 9:11; 1 Samuel 9:9; Isaiah 44:25; 47:12-14; Daniel 2:9-11; Zechariah 13:4; 2 Timothy 3:8,9
cover
Leviticus 13:45; Ezekiel 24:17,22
lips
Heb. upper lip. no.
1 Samuel 14:37; 28:6,15; Psalms 74:9; Amos 8:11
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 33:18 - the seers;  Jeremiah 27:9 - hearken;  Lamentations 2:9 - her prophets;  Lamentations 4:14 - have wandered;  Ezekiel 3:26 - and shalt;  Ezekiel 20:3 - As I;  Zechariah 11:17 - the sword;  Malachi 2:9 - made;  Matthew 15:14 - And if;  Luke 6:39 - shall;  2 Peter 1:21 - spake

Verse 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.
I am
Job 32:18; Isaiah 11:2,3; 58:1; Jeremiah 1:18; 6:11; 15:19-21; 20:9; Ezekiel 3:14; Matthew 7:29; Mark 3:17; Acts 4:8-12,19,20; 7:54-57; 13:9-12; 18:5,6,9-11; 1 Corinthians 2:4,12,13
to declare
Isaiah 58:1; Ezekiel 16:2; 20:4; 22:2; 43:10; Matthew 3:7-12; Acts 7:51,52
Reciprocal: Numbers 14:17 - GeneralIsaiah 1:2 - for the Lord;  Isaiah 1:10 - Hear;  Jeremiah 7:9 - steal;  Jeremiah 20:7 - thou art;  Jeremiah 28:8 - prophesied;  Ezekiel 2:6 - be not;  Ezekiel 3:8 - GeneralEzekiel 3:9 - fear;  Ezekiel 23:36 - declare;  Ezekiel 34:7 - GeneralJonah 1:2 - cry;  Mark 12:14 - carest;  Acts 1:8 - ye shall;  Acts 2:4 - as;  Acts 4:29 - that;  Acts 6:5 - Stephen;  Acts 6:10 - the spirit;  Acts 7:55 - full;  Acts 13:16 - give;  Acts 17:16 - his spirit;  Acts 23:3 - for;  2 Timothy 1:7 - but;  1 John 4:6 - We are

Verse 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.
I pray
1; Exodus 3:16; Hosea 5:1
that
Leviticus 26:15; Deuteronomy 27:19; Psalms 58:1,2; Proverbs 17:15; Isaiah 1:23; Jeremiah 5:28
Reciprocal: 2 Chronicles 36:14 - all the chief;  Nehemiah 13:17 - I contended;  Psalm 82:2 - judge;  Psalm 101:8 - early;  Proverbs 21:7 - robbery;  Ecclesiastes 5:8 - regardeth;  Isaiah 1:15 - your hands;  Isaiah 10:1 - them;  Isaiah 58:3 - have we fasted;  Isaiah 59:14 - GeneralJeremiah 1:18 - I have;  Jeremiah 3:21 - for they have;  Jeremiah 6:7 - violence;  Jeremiah 7:2 - Hear;  Jeremiah 32:32 - they;  Lamentations 1:5 - for;  Ezekiel 9:9 - The iniquity;  Ezekiel 22:6 - the princes;  Ezekiel 22:27 - princes;  Ezekiel 34:7 - GeneralEzekiel 44:23 - GeneralHosea 4:2 - swearing;  Hosea 6:9 - so;  Joel 1:2 - Hear;  Micah 2:2 - so;  Micah 2:7 - named;  Micah 6:12 - the rich;  Zephaniah 1:17 - because;  Zephaniah 3:3 - princes;  Zechariah 11:5 - possessors;  Matthew 22:16 - neither;  Acts 13:16 - give;  Romans 13:4 - he is

Verse 10

They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
build up Zion
Jeremiah 22:13-17; Ezekiel 22:25-28; Habakkuk 2:9-12; Zephaniah 3:3; Matthew 27:25; John 11:50
blood
Heb. bloods.
Reciprocal: Deuteronomy 27:25 - GeneralProverbs 1:19 - every;  Isaiah 26:10 - in the;  Isaiah 59:3 - your hands;  Ezekiel 11:6 - GeneralEzekiel 12:19 - because;  Ezekiel 21:24 - your transgressions;  Ezekiel 23:37 - and blood;  Micah 3:1 - Hear;  Habakkuk 2:12 - him;  John 18:28 - and they

Verse 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.
heads
7:3; Numbers 16:15; 1 Samuel 8:3; 12:3,4; Isaiah 1:23; Ezekiel 22:12,27; Hosea 4:18; Zephaniah 3:3
and the priests
Jeremiah 6:13; 8:10; Malachi 1:10; 1 Timothy 3:3; Titus 1:11; 1 Peter 5:2
and the prophets
5; Isaiah 56:11; Acts 8:18-20; 2 Peter 2:1-3,14,15; Jude 1:11
yet
1 Samuel 4:3-6; Isaiah 48:2; Jeremiah 7:4,8-12; Matthew 3:9; Romans 2:17-29
and say
Heb. saying. none evil can come.
Amos 9:10
Reciprocal: Exodus 17:7 - Is the Lord;  Leviticus 13:29 - GeneralNumbers 22:7 - rewards of divination;  Deuteronomy 27:25 - General1 Samuel 23:21 - General1 Kings 22:11 - Thus saith;  2 Chronicles 15:3 - a teaching;  2 Chronicles 18:5 - Go up;  Nehemiah 6:12 - hired him;  Song of Solomon 8:5 - leaning;  Isaiah 3:5 - the people;  Isaiah 5:23 - for reward;  Isaiah 23:17 - and she shall;  Isaiah 43:27 - and thy;  Jeremiah 5:5 - but these;  Jeremiah 5:12 - have belied;  Jeremiah 5:31 - prophets;  Jeremiah 7:14 - wherein;  Jeremiah 11:9 - GeneralJeremiah 13:25 - trusted;  Jeremiah 14:13 - behold;  Jeremiah 14:14 - divination;  Jeremiah 14:18 - go about;  Jeremiah 21:13 - Who;  Jeremiah 22:3 - Execute;  Jeremiah 23:1 - pastors;  Jeremiah 23:14 - in the;  Jeremiah 23:17 - Ye;  Jeremiah 26:7 - GeneralJeremiah 28:2 - I;  Lamentations 4:13 - the sins;  Ezekiel 13:2 - prophesy against;  Ezekiel 13:19 - for handfuls;  Ezekiel 16:15 - thou didst;  Ezekiel 22:26 - priests;  Ezekiel 23:39 - they came;  Ezekiel 33:24 - but we;  Ezekiel 34:2 - Woe;  Hosea 4:8 - set their heart on their iniquity;  Hosea 8:2 - GeneralHosea 9:15 - all;  Amos 5:12 - take;  Amos 5:14 - as;  Micah 2:11 - I will;  Zephaniah 3:5 - is in;  Zephaniah 3:11 - that rejoice;  Matthew 7:15 - false;  Luke 18:11 - God;  Acts 24:26 - hoped;  Romans 2:21 - dost thou steal;  Philippians 3:19 - whose God;  1 Timothy 6:10 - the love;  James 3:10 - of;  2 Peter 2:3 - through

Verse 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.
Zion
1:6; Psalms 79:1; 107:34; Jeremiah 26:18; Matthew 24:2; Acts 6:13,14
the mountain
4:1,2; Isaiah 2:2,3 Reciprocal: Leviticus 26:22 - your high;  Leviticus 26:31 - And I will make;  Joshua 8:28 - an heap;  Judges 5:6 - the highways;  1 Kings 9:7 - this house;  2 Kings 21:12 - I am bringing;  2 Kings 24:2 - according;  2 Kings 25:9 - he burnt;  2 Chronicles 36:19 - they burnt;  Job 15:28 - which are ready;  Psalm 74:3 - the perpetual;  Psalm 137:3 - wasted us;  Isaiah 3:8 - Jerusalem;  Isaiah 17:1 - a ruinous;  Isaiah 24:10 - city;  Isaiah 27:10 - the defenced;  Isaiah 29:17 - the fruitful;  Isaiah 64:10 - GeneralJeremiah 4:26 - the fruitful;  Jeremiah 7:14 - as;  Jeremiah 9:11 - Jerusalem;  Jeremiah 17:3 - my;  Jeremiah 21:6 - I will;  Jeremiah 22:5 - that;  Jeremiah 23:1 - pastors;  Jeremiah 35:17 - Behold;  Jeremiah 39:8 - burned;  Jeremiah 44:2 - a desolation;  Jeremiah 52:13 - burned;  Lamentations 1:4 - ways;  Lamentations 2:7 - cast off;  Lamentations 4:13 - the sins;  Lamentations 5:18 - of the;  Ezekiel 5:14 - I will;  Ezekiel 6:6 - the cities;  Ezekiel 15:2 - among;  Ezekiel 16:41 - burn;  Ezekiel 22:26 - priests;  Ezekiel 34:2 - Woe;  Daniel 9:2 - the desolations;  Hosea 2:12 - I will;  Micah 6:9 - Lord's;  Micah 7:13 - for;  Zephaniah 1:13 - their goods;  Haggai 1:4 - and;  Mark 13:2 - there;  Luke 13:35 - your;  Luke 19:44 - lay;  Luke 21:6 - there

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Micah 3". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/micah-3.html.