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Micah 3 (New American Standard)

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Rulers Denounced

1 And I said, "1Hear now, heads of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel. Is it not for you to 2know justice? 2 "You who hate good and love evil, Who 3tear off their skin from them And their flesh from their bones, 3 Who 4eat the flesh of my people, Strip off their skin from them, Break their bones And 5chop them up as for the pot And as meat in a kettle." 4 Then they will 6cry out to the LORD, But He will not answer them. Instead, He will 7hide His face from them at that time Because they have 8practiced evil deeds. 5 Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who 9lead my people astray; When they have something to bite with their teeth, They 10cry, "Peace," But against him who puts nothing in their mouths They declare holy war. 6 Therefore it will be 11night for you-without vision, And darkness for you-without divination. The 12sun will go down on the prophets, And the day will become dark over them. 7 The seers will be 13ashamed And the 14diviners will be embarrassed. Indeed, they will all 15cover their amouths Because there is 16no answer from God. 8 On the other hand 17I am filled with power - With the Spirit of the LORD - And with justice and courage To 18make known to Jacob his rebellious act, Even to Israel his sin. 9 Now hear this, 19heads of the house of Jacob And rulers of the house of Israel, Who 20abhor justice And twist everything that is straight, 10 Who 21build Zion with bloodshed And Jerusalem with violent injustice. 11 Her leaders pronounce 22judgment for a bribe, Her 23priests instruct for a price And her prophets divine for money. Yet they lean on the LORD saying, "24Is not the LORD in our midst? Calamity will not come upon us." 12 Therefore, on account of you 25Zion will be plowed as a field, 26Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins, And the 27mountain of the btemple will become high places of a forest.
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