Micah speaks against the bad leaders of Israel
Listen to me, I said.
You are the leaders of
you are the rulers of Israel.
You ought to know what is right or wrong.
And you love what is bad.
You would like to tear the skin off my people,
and pull the meat from their bones.
They strip the skin off an animal and they break its bones.
Then they cut the meat into pieces and they cook it in a pot.
They are happy when they eat the meat.
but he will not answer you.
Instead, God will turn away from you at that time,
because you have done those bad things.
You will not see anything.
You will no longer be able to see what will happen in future times.
The sun will go down over you
and the day will become dark for you.
But you will be ashamed.
And you try to tell what will happen in future times.
But I will confuse you.
All of you will hide your faces because I will not answer you.’
He helps me to know what is right and fair.
He makes me brave so that I can speak to you,
I can tell you what you have done wrong.
You are Israel's people,
but you have not obeyed God.
You are Israel's rulers.
But you never do what is right and fair.
You take what is good.
And you make it seem bad.
But you are cruel, and you kill honest people.
Then you decide what is right or wrong.
You listen to the people who give the money to you.
Then they tell you what to decide.
You priests teach only if the people pay you to teach.
But you only speak if you receive money.
But all of you, the leaders, still say that you believe the
I will make
I will destroy Jerusalem so that only stones are lying there.
Weeds and bushes will grow all over the hill where they built my house.’