Micah 3:1-4

Leaders and Prophets Rebuked

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.

Micah 3:1-4 Meaning and Commentary


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.

Cross References 9

  • 1. S Jeremiah 5:5
  • 2. Psalms 53:4; S Ezekiel 22:27
  • 3. S Psalms 14:4
  • 4. S Ezekiel 34:4; Zephaniah 3:3
  • 5. S Job 24:14
  • 6. S Ezekiel 11:7; S Ezekiel 24:4-5
  • 7. S Deuteronomy 1:45; S 1 Samuel 8:18; S Isaiah 58:4; S Jeremiah 11:11; Psalms 18:41; Isaiah 1:15
  • 8. S Deuteronomy 31:17
  • 9. S Job 15:31; S Ezekiel 8:18
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