Micah 3:5-8

5 Thus says the LORD concerning 1the prophets who lead my people astray, 2who cry "Peace" when they have something to eat, but declare war against him who puts nothing into their mouths.
6 Therefore 3it shall be night to you, without vision, and darkness to you, without divination. 4The sun shall go down on the prophets, and the day shall be black over them;
7 5the seers shall be disgraced, and the diviners put to shame; 6they shall all cover their lips, for 7there is no answer from God.
8 But as for me, 8I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the LORD, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob 9his transgression and to Israel his sin.

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Micah 3:5-8 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 3:5-8 In-Context

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.
9 Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel, who detest justice and make crooked all that is straight,
10 who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity.

Cross References 9

  • 1. Jeremiah 23:13, 32; Ezekiel 13:10
  • 2. [Jeremiah 6:14]
  • 3. Ezekiel 12:24; Ezekiel 13:23
  • 4. See Amos 8:9
  • 5. Zechariah 13:4; [Jeremiah 37:19]
  • 6. [Leviticus 13:45]
  • 7. See Amos 8:11
  • 8. [Jeremiah 6:11]
  • 9. Micah 1:5; Isaiah 58:1; [Ezekiel 23:36]
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