Leaders and Prophets Rebuked
3:1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob,
and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to
3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off
their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their
3:3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their
skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop
them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the
3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear
them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as
they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.
3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make
my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace;
and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare
war against him.
3:6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not
have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall
not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and
the day shall be dark over them.
3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners
confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there
is no answer of God.
3:8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD,
and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his
transgression, and to Israel his sin.
3:9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob,
and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and
pervert all equity.
3:10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with
3:11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests
thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for
money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the
LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
3:12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a
field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of
the house as the high places of the forest.