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 know a judgment?
(a) That thing which is just and lawful, both to
govern my people properly, and also to clear your own conscience.
3:2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; b
who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
(b) The Prophet condemns the wicked governors not
only of covetousness, theft, and murder, but compares them to wolves, lions,
and most cruel beasts.
3:4 Then c
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
(c) That is, when I will punish their wickedness:
for though I hear the godly before they cry (Isaiah
65:24), yet I will not hear these even though they cry; (Isaiah
2:13; 1 Peter
3:5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that
make my people err, that d bite with
their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they
even prepare war against him.
(d) They devour all their substance, and then
flatter them, promising that all will go well. But if someone does not feed
them, then they invent all ways to do evil.
3:6 Therefore e
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.
(e) As you have loved to walk in darkness, and to
prophesy lies, so God will reward you with gross blindness and ignorance, so
that when all others will see the bright beams of God's grace, you will as
blind men grope as in the night.
3:7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the
diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover f
their lips; for [there is] no answer of God.
(f) When God will reveal them to the world, they
will be afraid to speak: for all will know that they were but false prophets,
and did give a false notion of the word of God.
3:8 But truly I am full g
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.
(g) The Prophet being assured of his vocation by
the Spirit of God, sets himself alone against all the wicked, showing how God
gave him gifts, ability and knowledge, to discern between good and evil, and
also steadfastness and endurance to reprove the sins of the people, and not to
3:10 They build up Zion with h
blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
(h) They will say that they are the people of
God, and abuse his name, as a pretence to disguise their hypocrisy.
3:12 Therefore shall Zion for
your sake be k plowed [as] a field, and
Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places
of the forest.
(k) Read (Jeremiah