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Micah 3:3-12 (New American Standard)

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