Micah 3:1-4

Rulers and Prophets Denounced

1 And I said: 1Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! 2Is it not for you to know justice?--
2 you 3who hate the good and love the evil, 4who tear the skin from off my people[a] and their flesh from off their bones,
3 5who eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them, and break their bones in pieces and chop them up like meat in a pot, like flesh in a cauldron.
4 6Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not answer them; 7he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil.

Micah 3:1-4 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO MICAH 3

In this chapter the prophet reproves and threatens both princes and prophets, first separately, and then conjunctly; first the heads and princes of the people, civil magistrates, for their ignorance of justice, and hatred of good, and love of evil, and for their oppression and cruelty; and they are threatened with distress when they should cry unto the Lord, and should not be heard by him, Mic 3:1-4; next the prophets are taken to task, for their voraciousness, avarice, and false prophesying; and are threatened with darkness, with want of vision, and of an answer from the Lord, and with shame and confusion, Mic 3:5-7; and the prophet being full of the Spirit and power of God, to declare the sins and transgressions of Jacob and Israel, Mic 3:8, very freely declaims against princes, priests, and prophets, all together; who, though guilty of very notorious crimes, yet were in great security, and promised themselves impunity, Mic 3:9-11; wherefore the city and temple of Jerusalem are threatened with an utter desolation, Mic 3:12.

Micah 3:1-4 In-Context

1 And I said: Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Is it not for you to know justice?--
2 you who hate the good and love the evil, who tear the skin from off my people and their flesh from off their bones,
3 who eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them, and break their bones in pieces and chop them up like meat in a pot, like flesh in a cauldron.
4 Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not answer them; he will hide his face from them at that time, because they have made their deeds evil.
5 Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who lead my people astray, who cry "Peace" when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths.
6 Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without divination. The sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be black over them;
7 the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; they shall all cover their lips, for there is no answer from God.
8 But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression and to Israel his sin.

Cross References 7

  • 1. See Micah 1:2
  • 2. Jeremiah 5:5; [Ezekiel 22:6, 27]
  • 3. [ver. 9]
  • 4. [Ezekiel 34:3]
  • 5. [Psalms 14:4; Isaiah 3:15]
  • 6. See Proverbs 1:28
  • 7. Isaiah 1:15; See Deuteronomy 31:17

Footnotes 1

The English Standard Version is published with the permission of Good News Publishers.