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Micah 3:6

Context

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 

Micah 3:11

Context

3:11 Her 4  leaders take bribes when they decide legal cases, 5 

her priests proclaim rulings for profit,

and her prophets read omens for pay.

Yet they claim to trust 6  the Lord and say,

“The Lord is among us. 7 

Disaster will not overtake 8  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 sn The pronoun Her refers to Jerusalem (note the previous line).

5 tn Heb “judge for a bribe.”

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

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

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



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