Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at sacred-texts.com
mic 3:1Is it not for you - Ought not you to understand, and conform to, the just laws of your God. You princes, magistrates, and ruling officers, ought of all men to know and do right.
mic 3:2The good - Ye who hate not only to do good, but the good which is done, and those that do it. The evil - Chuse, and delight in, both evil works and evil workers. Who pluck it off - Ye who use the flock as cruelly as the shepherd, who instead of shearing the fleece, would pluck off the skin and flesh.
mic 3:3The flesh - Ye who devour the goods, and livelihood of your brethren. Break their bones - An allusion to wolves, bears, or lions, which devour the flesh, and break the bones of the defenceless lambs.
mic 3:4Then - When these miseries come upon them.
mic 3:5That bite - When they are furnished with gifts, and well fed. Prepare war - They do them all the mischief they can.
mic 3:6Night - Heavy calamities. A vision - You shall no more pretend to have a vision, or dare to foretell any thing. And the sun - The hand of God shall be against them, making their sorrows the more dreadful, as darkness by the sun going down at noon.
mic 3:7The seers - So called by the deceived people. Cover their lips - Mourners did thus, Eze 24:17, Eze 24:22. So these shall mourn and pine in their shame. No answer - Because the answer they had formerly, pretended to be from God, now appears not to have been from him.
mic 3:8Power - Courage, and vivacity. Of judgment - To discern times and seasons, right from wrong. Might - Resolution.
mic 3:10They - The heads and great ones enlarge, beautify, and fortify, the house in Zion, particularly the temple and the royal palace. Blood - With wealth, which they made themselves masters of by violence, taking away the life of the owners.
mic 3:11Lean - Pretend to trust in him. Among us - As our God and our shield.
mic 3:12For your sake - Because of your sins. The mountain - The mountain, on which the temple stood. This is that passage, which is quoted, Jer 26:18, which Hezekiah and his princes took well: yea, they repented and so the execution of it did not come in their days.