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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 

Micah 3:11

Context

3:11 Her 7  leaders take bribes when they decide legal cases, 8 

her priests proclaim rulings for profit,

and her prophets read omens for pay.

Yet they claim to trust 9  the Lord and say,

“The Lord is among us. 10 

Disaster will not overtake 11  us!”

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.”

7 sn The pronoun Her refers to Jerusalem (note the previous line).

8 tn Heb “judge for a bribe.”

9 tn Heb “they lean upon” (so KJV, NIV, NRSV); NAB “rely on.”

10 tn Heb “Is not the Lord in our midst?” The rhetorical question expects the answer, “Of course he is!”

11 tn Or “come upon” (so many English versions); NCV “happen to us”; CEV “come to us.”



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