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Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible, by John Wesley, [1754-65], at

Micah Chapter 3

Micah 3:1

mic 3:1

Is 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.

Micah 3:2

mic 3:2

The 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.

Micah 3:3

mic 3:3

The 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.

Micah 3:4

mic 3:4

Then - When these miseries come upon them.

Micah 3:5

mic 3:5

That bite - When they are furnished with gifts, and well fed. Prepare war - They do them all the mischief they can.

Micah 3:6

mic 3:6

Night - 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.

Micah 3:7

mic 3:7

The 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.

Micah 3:8

mic 3:8

Power - Courage, and vivacity. Of judgment - To discern times and seasons, right from wrong. Might - Resolution.

Micah 3:10

mic 3:10

They - 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.

Micah 3:11

mic 3:11

Lean - Pretend to trust in him. Among us - As our God and our shield.

Micah 3:12

mic 3:12

For 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.

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