3:1 I said,
“Listen, you leaders 1 of Jacob,
you rulers of the nation 2 of Israel!
You ought to know what is just, 3
and love what is evil. 6
You flay my people’s skin 7
and rip the flesh from their bones. 8
strip off their skin,
and crush their bones.
You chop them up like flesh in a pot 10 –
like meat in a kettle.
but he will not answer them.
He will hide his face from them at that time,
because they have done such wicked deeds.”
3:5 This is what the Lord says: “The prophets who mislead my people
are as good as dead. 12
If someone gives them enough to eat,
they offer an oracle of peace. 13
But if someone does not give them food,
they are ready to declare war on him. 14
it will grow dark, and you will no longer be able to read the omens. 16
The sun will set on these prophets,
and the daylight will turn to darkness over their heads. 17
the omen readers will be humiliated.
All of them will cover their mouths, 19
for they will receive no divine oracles.” 20
and have a strong commitment to justice. 22
This enables me to confront Jacob with its rebellion,
and Israel with its sin. 23
you rulers of the nation 25 of Israel!
You 26 hate justice
and pervert all that is right.
Jerusalem 29 through unjust violence.
her priests proclaim rulings for profit,
and her prophets read omens for pay.
Yet they claim to trust 32 the Lord and say,
“The Lord is among us. 33
Disaster will not overtake 34 us!”
Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins,
[3:2] 7 tn Heb “their skin from upon them.” The referent of the pronoun (“my people,” referring to Jacob and/or the house of Israel, with the
[3:2] sn Micah compares the social injustice perpetrated by the house of Jacob/Israel to cannibalism, because it threatens the very lives of the oppressed.
[3:5] 12 tn Heb “concerning the prophets, those who mislead my people.” The first person pronominal suffix is awkward in a quotation formula that introduces the words of the
[3:5] 13 tn Heb “those who bite with their teeth and cry out, ‘peace.’” The phrase “bite with the teeth” is taken here as idiomatic for eating. Apparently these prophets were driven by mercenary motives. If they were paid well, they gave positive oracles to their clients, but if someone could not afford to pay them, they were hostile and delivered oracles of doom.
[3:6] sn The coming of night (and darkness in the following line) symbolizes the cessation of revelation.
[3:8] 22 tn Heb “am full of power, the Spirit of the