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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Micah 3:1-12

3  And I proceeded to say: “Hear, please, YOU heads of Jacob and YOU commanders of the house of Israel.+ Is it not YOUR business to know justice?+  YOU haters of what is good+ and lovers of badness,+ tearing off their skin from people and their organism from off their bones;+  YOU the ones who have also eaten the organism of my people,+ and have stripped their very skin from off them, and smashed to pieces their very bones, and crushed [them] to pieces like what is in a widemouthed pot and like flesh in the midst of a cooking pot.+  At that time they will call to Jehovah for aid, but he will not answer them.+ And he will conceal his face from them in that time,+ according as they committed badness in their dealings.+  “This is what Jehovah has said against the prophets that are causing my people to wander,*+ that are biting with their teeth+ and that actually call out, ‘Peace!’+ that, when anyone does not put [something] into their mouths, also actually sanctify war against him,+  ‘Therefore YOU men will have night,+ so that there will be no vision;+ and darkness YOU will have, so as not to practice divination. And the sun will certainly set upon the prophets, and the day must get dark upon them.+  And the visionaries+ will have to be ashamed,+ and the diviners+ will certainly be disappointed. And they will have to cover over the mustache,+ all of them, for there is no answer from God.’”*+  And, on the other hand, I myself have become full of power, with the spirit of Jehovah, and of justice and mightiness,+ in order to tell to Jacob his revolt and to Israel his sin.+  Hear, please, this, YOU head ones of the house of Jacob and YOU commanders of the house of Israel,+ the ones detesting justice and the ones who make even everything that is straight crooked;+ 10  building Zion with acts of bloodshed and Jerusalem with unrighteousness.+ 11  Her own head ones judge merely for a bribe,+ and her own priests instruct just for a price,+ and her own prophets practice divination simply for money;*+ yet upon Jehovah they keep supporting themselves, saying: “Is not Jehovah in the midst of us?+ There will come upon us no calamity.”+ 12  Therefore on account of YOU men Zion will be plowed up as a mere field, and Jerusalem herself will become mere heaps of ruins,+ and the mountain of the house will be as the high places of a forest.

Footnotes

Or, “err.”
“God.” Heb., ʼElo·him′; Lat., De′i.
Or, “silver.”