Micah 3:5-8

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.
6 Therefore night will come over you, without visions, and darkness, without divination. The sun will set for the prophets, and the day will go dark for them.
7 The seers will be ashamed and the diviners disgraced. They will all cover their faces because 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, to Israel his sin.

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Micah 3:5-8 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 11

  • 1. S Isaiah 3:12; S Isaiah 9:16; S Isaiah 53:6
  • 2. S Jeremiah 4:10
  • 3. Isaiah 8:19-22; S Ezekiel 12:24
  • 4. Isaiah 29:10
  • 5. S Ezekiel 7:26; S Amos 8:11
  • 6. S Jeremiah 6:15; Micah 7:16
  • 7. S Isaiah 44:25
  • 8. S Esther 6:12
  • 9. S Leviticus 13:45
  • 10. S Ezekiel 20:3
  • 11. S Isaiah 57:12; Isaiah 61:2; Isaiah 58:1
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