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Micah 3:11-12


3:11 Her 1  leaders take bribes when they decide legal cases, 2 

her priests proclaim rulings for profit,

and her prophets read omens for pay.

Yet they claim to trust 3  the Lord and say,

“The Lord is among us. 4 

Disaster will not overtake 5  us!”

3:12 Therefore, because of you, 6  Zion will be plowed up like 7  a field,

Jerusalem will become a heap of ruins,

and the Temple Mount 8  will become a hill overgrown with brush! 9 

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

2 tn Heb “judge for a bribe.”

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

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

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

6 tn The plural pronoun refers to the leaders, priests, and prophets mentioned in the preceding verse.

7 tn Or “into” (an adverbial accusative of result).

8 tn Heb “the mountain of the house” (so KJV, ASV, NRSV).

9 tn Heb “a high place of overgrowth.”

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