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Micah 3:6-7

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3:6 Therefore night will fall, and you will receive no visions; 1 

it will grow dark, and you will no longer be able to read the omens. 2 

The sun will set on these prophets,

and the daylight will turn to darkness over their heads. 3 

3:7 The prophets 4  will be ashamed;

the omen readers will be humiliated.

All of them will cover their mouths, 5 

for they will receive no divine oracles.” 6 

1 tn Heb “it will be night for you without a vision.”

sn The coming of night (and darkness in the following line) symbolizes the cessation of revelation.

2 tn Heb “it will be dark for you without divination.”

sn The reading of omens (Heb “divination”) was forbidden in the law (Deut 18:10), so this probably reflects the prophets’ view of how they received divine revelation.

3 tn Heb “and the day will be dark over them.”

4 tn Or “seers.”

5 tn Or “the mustache,” or perhaps “the beard.” Cf. KJV, NAB, NRSV “cover their lips.”

6 tn Heb “for there will be no answer from God.”



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