Micah 3:10

10 who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness.

Micah 3:10 in Other Translations

KJV
10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
ESV
10 who build Zion with blood and Jerusalem with iniquity.
NLT
10 You are building Jerusalem on a foundation of murder and corruption.
MSG
10 Leaders who build Zion by killing people, who expand Jerusalem by committing crimes.
CSB
10 who build Zion with bloodshed and Jerusalem with injustice.

Micah 3:10 Meaning and Commentary

Micah 3:10

They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
] Or, "O thou that buildest up" F7 or "everyone of them that buildeth up" F8 for the word is in the singular number; but, be fire words rendered either of these ways, they respect the heads and princes of the people; who either repaired the temple on Zion, or ornamented the king's palace, or built themselves fine stately houses in Jerusalem, or large streets there, by money they took of murderers to save them, as Kimchi; or by money got by rapine and oppression, by spoiling the poor of their goods and their livelihood, for them and their families, which was all one as shedding innocent blood; and by money obtained by bribes, for the perversion of justice, and such like illegal proceedings, truly called iniquity. The Targum is,

``who build their houses in Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with deceits.''

FOOTNOTES:

F7 (hnwb) "aedificans", Montanus, Munster, Burkius.
F8 "Quisque eorum aedificat", Vatablus, Piscator, Drusius.

Micah 3:10 In-Context

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, to Israel his sin.
9 Hear this, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right;
10 who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness.
11 Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they look for the LORD’s support and say, “Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Jeremiah 22:13
  • 2. Isaiah 59:7; Micah 7:2; Nahum 3:1; Habakkuk 2:12
  • 3. Jeremiah 22:17; S Ezekiel 22:27