New International Version

Micah 3:1-12

Leaders and Prophets Rebuked

1Then I said,

“Listen, you leaders of Jacob,

you rulers of Israel.

Should you not embrace justice,

2you who hate good and love evil;

who tear the skin from my people

and the flesh from their bones;

3who 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?”

4Then 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.

5This 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.

6Therefore 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.

7The seers will be ashamed

and the diviners disgraced.

They will all cover their faces

because there is no answer from God.”

8But 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.

9Hear this, you leaders of Jacob,

you rulers of Israel,

who despise justice

and distort all that is right;

10who build Zion with bloodshed,

and Jerusalem with wickedness.

11Her 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.”

12Therefore 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.

New International Reader’s Version

Micah 3:1-12

The Lord Warns Israel’s Leaders and Prophets

1Then I said,

“Listen, you leaders of Jacob’s people!

Pay attention, you rulers of Israel!

You should want to judge others fairly.

2But you hate what is good.

And you love what is evil.

You are like someone

who tears the skin off my people.

You pull the meat off their bones.

3You eat my people’s bodies.

You strip off their skin.

You break their bones in pieces.

You chop them up like meat.

You put them in a cooking pot.”

4The time will come when Israel

will cry out to the Lord.

But he won’t answer them.

In fact, he’ll turn his face away from them.

They have done what is evil.

5The Lord says,

“The prophets are those

who lead my people astray.

If my people feed them,

the prophets promise them peace.

If my people do not feed them,

the prophets prepare to go to war against them.

6So night will come on the prophets.

But they will not have any visions.

Darkness will cover them.

But they will not be able

to figure out what is going to happen.

The sun will set on the prophets.

The day will become dark for them.

7Those who see visions will be put to shame.

Those who try to figure out what is going to happen

will be dishonored.

All of them will cover their faces.

I will not answer them.”

8The Spirit of the Lord

has filled me with power.

He helps me do what is fair.

He makes me brave.

Now I’m prepared to tell Jacob’s people

what they’ve done wrong.

I’m ready to tell Israel they’ve sinned.

9Listen to me, you leaders of Jacob’s people!

Pay attention, you rulers of Israel!

You hate to do what is fair.

You twist everything that is right.

10You build up Zion by spilling the blood of others.

You build Jerusalem by doing what is evil.

11Your judges take money from people

who want special favors.

Your priests teach only if they get paid for it.

Your prophets won’t tell fortunes

unless they receive money.

But you still look for the Lord’s help.

You say, “The Lord is with us.

No trouble will come on us.”

12So because of what you have done,

Zion will be plowed up like a field.

Jerusalem will be turned into a pile of trash.

The temple hill will be covered with bushes and weeds.