Miquéias 3

1 Then I said, ¶ "Listen, you leaders of Jacob, ¶ you rulers of Israel. ¶ Should you not embrace justice,

2 you who hate good and love evil; ¶ who tear the skin from my people ¶ and the flesh from their bones;

3 who 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?"

4 Then 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.

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.

9 Hear this, you leaders of Jacob, ¶ you rulers of Israel, ¶ who despise justice ¶ and distort all that is right;

10 who build Zion with bloodshed, and Jerusalem with wickedness.

11 Her 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."

12 Therefore 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.