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Micah Chapter 3

Micah 3:1
3:1 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
    {a} judgment?

    (a) That thing which is just and lawful, both to govern my
        people properly, and also to clear your own conscience.

Micah 3:2
3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; {b} who pluck off
    their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their

    (b) The Prophet condemns the wicked governors not only of
        covetousness, theft, and murder, but compares them to
        wolves, lions, and most cruel beasts.

Micah 3:4
3:4 Then {c} shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear
    them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as
    they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

    (c) That is, when I will punish their wickedness: for though
        I hear the godly before they cry Isaiah 65:24, yet I
        will not hear these even though they cry; Isaiah 1:15
        Ezekiel 8:18 James 2:13 1 Peter 3:11-12.

Micah 3:5
3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my
    people err, that {d} bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace;
    and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare
    war against him.

    (d) They devour all their substance, and then flatter them,
        promising that all will go well.  But if someone does
        not feed them, then they invent all ways to do evil.

Micah 3:6
3:6 Therefore {e} night [shall be] unto you, that ye shall not
    have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall
    not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and
    the day shall be dark over them.

    (e) As you have loved to walk in darkness, and to prophesy
        lies, so God will reward you with gross blindness and
        ignorance, so that when all others will see the bright
        beams of God's grace, you will as blind men grope as in
        the night.

Micah 3:7
3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners
    confounded: yea, they shall all cover {f} their lips; for
    [there is] no answer of God.

    (f) When God will reveal them to the world, they will be
        afraid to speak: for all will know that they were but
        false prophets, and did give a false notion of the word
        of God.

Micah 3:8
3:8 But truly I am full {g} of power by the spirit of the LORD,
    and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his
    transgression, and to Israel his sin.

    (g) The Prophet being assured of his vocation by the Spirit
        of God, sets himself alone against all the wicked,
        showing how God gave him gifts, ability and knowledge,
        to discern between good and evil, and also steadfastness
        and endurance to reprove the sins of the people, and not
        to flatter them.

Micah 3:10
3:10 They build up Zion with {h} blood, and Jerusalem with

     (h) They will say that they are the people of God, and
         abuse his name, as a pretence to disguise their

Micah 3:12
3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be {k} plowed [as] a
     field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain
     of the house as the high places of the forest.

     (k) Read Jeremiah 26:18.

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