Micah 3:1

Leaders and Prophets Rebuked

1 Then I said, “Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel. Should you not embrace justice,

Micah 3:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?
ESV
1 And I said: Hear, you heads of Jacob and rulers of the house of Israel! Is it not for you to know justice?--
NLT
1 I said, “Listen, you leaders of Israel! You are supposed to know right from wrong,
MSG
1 Then I said: "Listen, leaders of Jacob, leaders of Israel: Don't you know anything of justice?
CSB
1 Then I said: "Now listen, leaders of Jacob, you rulers of the house of Israel. Aren't you supposed to know what is just?

Micah 3:1 Meaning and Commentary

Micah 3:1

And I said, hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes
of the house of Israel
This seems to be a new sermon or discourse, delivered at another time and to another people than the preceding for, as that chiefly concerns the ten tribes, this the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and was spoken to them in the times of Hezekiah, as appears from ( Jeremiah 26:18 ) ; for though Jacob and Israel generally design the ten tribes, yet here the other two, as is manifest from the above cited place, and also from ( Micah 3:9 Micah 3:10 Micah 3:12 ) ; and not only heads of families, but such as were the highest posts under the government, the sanhedrim of the nation, judges, rulers, and nobles, are here addressed; and who had a great share in national guilt, being ringleaders in sin, who ought to have set good examples to others; and these are not to be spared because of their grandeur and dignity, but to faithfully reproved for their vices, and which they should diligently attend unto; though they are to be addressed in a respectful and honourable manner, and be entreated to hearken to the word of the Lord by his prophet; all which was carefully observed by Micah; and it was with pleasure he could reflect upon his plain, faithful, and affectionate reproof of those great men: [is it] not for you to know judgment?
what is just and right to be done by men, and what sentence is to be passed in courts of judicature, in cases brought before them and not only to know, in a speculative way, what is equitable, but to practise it themselves, and see that it is done by others; and when they duly considered this, they would be able to see and own that what the prophet from the Lord would now charge them with, or denounce upon them, was according to truth and justice.

Micah 3:1 In-Context

1 Then I said, “Listen, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel. Should you not embrace justice,
2 you who hate good and love evil; who tear the skin from my people and the flesh from their bones;
3 who eat my people’s flesh, strip off their skin and break their bones in pieces; who chop them up like meat for the pan, like flesh for the pot?”
4 Then they will cry out to the LORD, but he will not answer them. At that time he will hide his face from them because of the evil they have done.
5 This is what the LORD says: “As for the prophets who lead my people astray, they proclaim ‘peace’ if they have something to eat, but prepare to wage war against anyone who refuses to feed them.

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