The Leaders of Israel Are Guilty of Evil
1Then I said,
“Listen, leaders of the people of Jacob;
listen, you rulers of the nation of Israel.
You should know how to decide cases fairly,
2but you hate good and love evil.
You skin my people alive
and tear the flesh off their bones.
3You eat my people’s flesh
and skin them and break their bones;
you chop them up like meat for the pot,
like meat in a cooking pan.
4They will cry to the Lord,
but he won’t answer them.
At that time he will hide his face from them,
because what they have done is evil.”
5The Lord says this about the prophets who teach his people the wrong way of living:
“If these prophets are given food to eat,
they shout, ‘Peace!’
But if someone doesn’t give them what they ask for,
they call for a holy war against that person.
6So it will become like night for them, without visions.
It will become dark for them, without any way to tell the future.
The sun is about to set for the prophets;
their day will become dark.
7The seers will be ashamed;
the people who see the future will be embarrassed.
Yes, all of them will cover their mouths,
because there will be no answer from God.”
Micah Is an Honest Prophet of God
8But I am filled with power,
with the Spirit of the Lord,
and with justice and strength,
to tell the people of Jacob how they have turned against God,
and the people of Israel how they have sinned.
9Leaders of Jacob and rulers of Israel,
listen to me,
you who hate fairness
and twist what is right.
10You build Jerusalem by murdering people;
you build it with evil.
11Its judges take money
to decide who wins in court.
Its priests only teach for pay,
and its prophets only look into the future when they get paid.
But they lean on the Lord and say,
“The Lord is here with us,
so nothing bad will happen to us.”
12Because of you,
Jerusalem will be plowed like a field.
The city will become a pile of rocks,
and the hill on which the Temple stands will be covered with bushes.