Micah 3:11-12 ” Her leaders judge for a bribe, her priests teach for a price, and her prophets tell fortunes for money. Yet they lean upon the Lord and say, ‘Is not the Lord among us?’ Therefore because of you, Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the Temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets,”

Both Micah and Isaiah were ministering about the same time. When Isaiah answered the call and was commissioned by God he was instructed to go to a rebellious people who would not listen until, “the city lies in ruin, the houses deserted, the fields ravaged, and the land is utterly forsaken.” (Isaiah 6:11) This horrific event then took place during Jeremiah’s time, for he quoted Micah as he was observing the destruction of Jerusalem. (Jeremiah 26:18) Later in Lamentations, Jeremiah bemoaned the fact that it was because of the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests that Jerusalem fell. (Lamentations 4:13) Rather than shepherding the people and caring for them rightly, they were taking advantage and seeking after their own gain. And as a result the judgment of God was poured out. “I will make you a ruin and a reproach among the nations.” (Ezekiel 5:14)

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