Compare Translations for Micah 3:11

Micah 3:11 ASV
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet they lean upon Jehovah, and say, Is not Jehovah in the midst of us? no evil shall come upon us.
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Micah 3:11 BBE
Its heads take rewards for judging, and the priests take payment for teaching, and the prophets get silver for reading the future: but still, supporting themselves on the Lord, they say, Is not the Lord among us? no evil will overtake us.
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Micah 3:11 CEB
Her officials give justice for a bribe, and her priests teach for hire. Her prophets offer divination for silver, yet they rely on the LORD, saying, "Isn't the LORD in our midst? Evil won't come upon us!"
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Micah 3:11 CJB
Her leaders sell verdicts for bribes, her cohanim teach for a price, her prophets divine for money - yet they claim to rely on ADONAI! "Isn't ADONAI here with us?" they say. "No evil can come upon us."
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Micah 3:11 RHE
Her princes have judged for bribes: and her priests have taught for hire, and her prophets divined for money: and they leaned upon the Lord, saying: Is not the Lord in the midst of us? no evil shall come among us.
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Micah 3:11 ESV
Its heads give judgment for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money; yet they lean on the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD in the midst of us? No disaster shall come upon us."
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Micah 3:11 GW
Your leaders exchange justice for bribes. Your priests teach for a price. Your prophets tell the future for money. But they rely on the LORD when they say, "After all, the LORD is with us. Nothing bad will happen to us."
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Micah 3:11 GNT
The city's rulers govern for bribes, the priests interpret the Law for pay, the prophets give their revelations for money - and they all claim that the Lord is with them. "No harm will come to us," they say. "The Lord is with us."
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Micah 3:11 HNV
Her leaders judge for bribes, And her Kohanim teach for a price, And her prophets of it tell forturnes for money: Yet they lean on the LORD, and say, Isn't the LORD in the midst of us? No disaster will come on us.
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Micah 3:11 CSB
Her leaders issue rulings for a bribe, her priests teach for payment, and her prophets practice divination for money. Yet they lean on the Lord, saying, "Isn't the Lord among us? No calamity will overtake us."
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Micah 3:11 KJV
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.
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Micah 3:11 LEB
Its rulers judge for a bribe; its priests teach for a price; its prophets practice divination for money. But they lean on Yahweh, saying, "[Is] not Yahweh in our midst? Disaster will not come upon us."
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Micah 3:11 NAS
Her 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."
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Micah 3:11 NCV
Its judges take money to decide who wins in court. Its priests only teach for pay, and its prophets only look into the future when they get paid. But they lean on the Lord and say, "The Lord is here with us, so nothing bad will happen to us."
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Micah 3:11 NIRV
Your judges take money from people who want special favors. Your priests teach only if they get paid for it. Your prophets won't tell fortunes unless they receive money. But you still claim to depend on the Lord. You say, "The LORD is with us. No trouble will come on us."
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Micah 3:11 NIV
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us."
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Micah 3:11 NKJV
Her heads judge for a bribe, Her priests teach for pay, And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the Lord, and say, "Is not the Lord among us? No harm can come upon us."
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Micah 3:11 NLT
You rulers govern for the bribes you can get; you priests teach God's laws only for a price; you prophets won't prophesy unless you are paid. Yet all of you claim you are depending on the LORD. "No harm can come to us," you say, "for the LORD is here among us."
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Micah 3:11 NRS
Its rulers give judgment for a bribe, its priests teach for a price, its prophets give oracles for money; yet they lean upon the Lord and say, "Surely the Lord is with us! No harm shall come upon us."
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Micah 3:11 RSV
Its heads give judgment for a bribe, its priests teach for hire, its prophets divine for money; yet they lean upon the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD in the midst of us? No evil shall come upon us."
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Micah 3:11 DBY
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money; yet do they lean upon Jehovah, and say, Is not Jehovah in the midst of us? no evil shall come upon us.
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Micah 3:11 MSG
Judges sell verdicts to the highest bidder, priests mass-market their teaching, prophets preach for high fees, All the while posturing and pretending dependence on God: "We've got God on our side. He'll protect us from disaster."
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Micah 3:11 WBT
Her heads judge for reward, and her priests teach for hire, and her prophets divine for money; yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, [Is] not the LORD among us? no evil can come upon us.
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Micah 3:11 TMB
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? No evil can come upon us."
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Micah 3:11 TNIV
Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the LORD and say, "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us."
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Micah 3:11 WEB
Her leaders judge for bribes, And her priests teach for a price, And her prophets of it tell forturnes for money: Yet they lean on Yahweh, and say, Isn't Yahweh in the midst of us? No disaster will come on us.
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Micah 3:11 WYC
The princes thereof deemed for gifts, and [the] priests thereof taught for hire, and the prophets thereof divined for money; and on the Lord they rested, and said, Whether the Lord is not in the middle of us? evils shall not come (up)on us. (Its leaders judged, or governed, for bribes, and its priests taught for pay, and its prophets divined for money; and yet they rested, or relied, upon the Lord, and said, Is not the Lord here in the midst of us? yea, evil shall not come upon us.)
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Micah 3:11 YLT
Her heads for a bribe do judge, And her priests for hire do teach, And her prophets for silver divine, And on Jehovah they lean, saying, `Is not Jehovah in our midst? Evil doth not come in upon us.'
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Micah 3 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 3

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

Verses 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.

Verses 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.

Micah 3 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 3

Micah 3:1-12 . THE SINS OF THE PRINCES, PROPHETS, AND PRIESTS: THE CONSEQUENT DESOLATION OF ZION.

1. princes--magistrates or judges.
Is it not for you?--Is it not your special function ( Jeremiah 5:4 Jeremiah 5:5 )?
judgment--justice. Ye sit in judgment on others; surely then ye ought to know the judgment for injustice which awaits yourselves ( Romans 2:1 ).

2. pluck off their skin . . . flesh--rob their fellow countrymen of all their substance ( Psalms 14:4 , Proverbs 30:14 ).

3. pot . . . flesh within . . . caldron--manifold species of cruel oppressions. Compare Ezekiel 24:3 , &c., containing, as to the coming punishment, the same figure as is here used of the sin: implying that the sin and punishment exactly correspond.

4. Then--at the time of judgment, which Micah takes for granted, so certain is it (compare Micah 2:3 ).
they cry . . . but he will not hear--just as those oppressed by them had formerly cried, and they would not hear. Their prayer shall be rejected, because it is the mere cry of nature for deliverance from pain, not that of repentance for deliverance from sin.
ill in their doings--Men cannot expect to do ill and fare well.

5. Here he attacks the false prophets, as before he had attacked the "princes."
make my people err--knowingly mislead My people by not denouncing their sins as incurring judgment.
bite with . . . teeth, and cry, Peace--that is, who, so long as they are supplied with food, promise peace and prosperity in their prophecies.
he that putteth not into their mouths, they . . . prepare war against him--Whenever they are not supplied with food, they foretell war and calamity.
prepare war--literally, "sanctify war," that is, proclaim it as a holy judgment of God because they are not fed Isaiah 13:3 , Joel 1:14 ).

6. night . . . dark--Calamities shall press on you so overwhelming as to compel you to cease pretending to divine ( Zechariah 13:4 ). Darkness is often the image of calamity ( Isaiah 8:22 , Amos 5:18 , 8:9 ).

7. cover their lips--The Orientals prided themselves on the moustache and beard ("upper lip," Margin). To cover it, therefore, was a token of shame and sorrow ( Leviticus 13:45 , Ezekiel 24:17 Ezekiel 24:22 ). "They shall be so ashamed of themselves as not to dare to open their mouths or boast of the name of prophet" [CALVIN].
there is no answer of God--They shall no more profess to have responses from God, being struck dumb with calamities ( Micah 3:6 ).

8. I--in contrast to the false prophets ( Micah 3:5 Micah 3:7 ).
full of power--that which "the Spirit of Jehovah" imparts for the discharge of the prophetical function ( Luke 1:17 , 24:49 , Acts 1:8 ).
judgment--a sense of justice [MAURER]; as opposed to the false prophets' speaking to please men, not from a regard to truth. Or, "judgment" to discern between graver and lighter offenses, and to denounce punishments accordingly [GROTIUS].
might--moral intrepidity in speaking the truth at all costs ( 2 Timothy 1:7 ).
to declare unto Jacob his . . . sin--( Isaiah 58:1 ). Not to flatter the sinner as the false prophets do with promises of peace.

9. Hear--resumed from Micah 3:1 . Here begins the leading subject of the prophecy: a demonstration of his assertion that he is "full of power by the Spirit of Jehovah" ( Micah 3:8 ).

10. They--change of person from "ye" ( Micah 3:9 ); the third person puts them to a greater distance as estranged from Him. It is, literally, "Whosoever builds," singular.
build up Zion with blood--build on it stately mansions with wealth obtained by the condemnation and murder of the innocent ( Jeremiah 22:13 , Ezekiel 22:27 , Habakkuk 2:12 ).

11. heads thereof--the princes of Jerusalem.
judge for reward--take bribes as judges ( Micah 7:3 ).
priests teach for hire--It was their duty to teach the law and to decide controversies gratuitously ( Leviticus 10:11 , Deuteronomy 17:11 , Malachi 2:7 ; compare Jeremiah 6:13 , Jude 1:11 ).
prophets . . . divine--that is, false prophets.
Is not the Lord among us?--namely in the temple ( Isaiah 48:2 , Jeremiah 7:4 Jeremiah 7:8-11 ).

12. Jeremiah 26:18 quotes this verse. The Talmud and MAIMONIDES record that at the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans under Titus, Terentius Rufus, who was left in command of the army, with a ploughshare tore up the foundations of the temple.
mountain of the house--the height on which the temple stands.
as the high places of the forest--shall become as heights in a forest overrun with wild shrubs and brushwood.