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Micah 3

And I said: Listen, you heads of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel!
Should you not know justice?—
you who hate the good and love the evil,
who tear the skin off my people,
and the flesh off their bones;
who eat the flesh of my people,
flay their skin off them,
break their bones in pieces,
and chop them up like meat in a kettle,
like flesh in a cauldron.

Then they will cry to the Lord,
but he will not answer them;
he will hide his face from them at that time,
because they have acted wickedly.

Thus says the Lord concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray,
who cry ‘Peace’
when they have something to eat,
but declare war against those
who put nothing into their mouths.
Therefore it shall be night to you, without vision,
and darkness to you, without revelation.
The sun shall go down upon the prophets,

and the day shall be black over them;
the seers shall be disgraced,
and the diviners put to shame;
they shall all cover their lips,
for there is no answer from God.
But as for me, I am filled with power,
with the spirit of the Lord,
and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression
and to Israel his sin.

Hear this, you rulers of the house of Jacob
and chiefs of the house of Israel,
who abhor justice
and pervert all equity,
who build Zion with blood
and Jerusalem with wrong!
Its rulers give judgement for a bribe,
its priests teach for a price,
its prophets give oracles for money;
yet they lean upon the Lord and say,
‘Surely the Lord is with us!
No harm shall come upon us.’
Therefore because of you
Zion shall be plowed as a field;
Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
and the mountain of the house a wooded height.

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  • Matri

    Hmm… *looks at Republicans, strokes chin*

    Nope, they’re still not going to get it. So long as their course makes their leaders powerful and their mouthpieces shitloads of money, they aren’t ever going to notice word-things coming out of this “bible” book they keep thumping.

  • Anonymous

    Good old Micah, he seems to have a beef against these kind thing.

  • rm

    Some of my Christian brothers and sisters that I know will read that and be absolutely sure it’s about literal cannibalism. See, they’ll say, the rulers turned to Baal and started eating people, and that’s why we today have to stand up against all these here satanic baby killers we’ve got everywhere. I know this because I’ve been in Bible studies with them, bless their hearts.

    Reading comprehension is really very difficult.

  • Amaryllis

    @360084bea8da125786ff25dda3b43f57:disqus: o_O

    Although I don’t think that this particular excerpt is purely applicable to the Republican Party. In fact, it’s the scariest All-Hallows-Eve post I’ve read in a long time.

  • Anonymous

    Well, it doesn’t get more explicit than that.

  • hapax

    And this is why nobody invited Micah to dinner parties.

  • Anonymous

    depends who is the host.

  • Anonymous

    Oooh! Wicked pun! I am lost in admiration.

  • Anonymous

    Also, kind of relevant to the post, St. Paul’s in London is kicking the Occupy protesters off their property. A couple of church officials have resigned over the decision, and at least one columnist is pointing out that this decision seems at odds with the Anglican Church’s stated mission (as opposed to the mission they actually try to carry out).

    And, in a really strange statement, the head of the London Stock Exchange is saying that the protesters should occupy the government, not the stock exchange, because it’s all the government’s fault for, um, as far as I can tell, letting the financial sector get out of hand.

    You’d think we’d all be used to this by now, but I keep thinking I have fallen through a hole and landed in bizarro world.

  • Morrigan

    That’s nice. What translation is that?

    I like the Living Bible myself. 

  • We Must Dissent

    In response to St. Paul’s decision, a group of other Christian groups have pledged “to protect protesters by forming a ring of prayer around the camp”.

    “As Christians, we stand alongside people of all religions who are
    resisting economic injustice with active nonviolence. The global
    economic system perpetuates the wealth of the few at the expense of the
    many. It is based on idolatrous subservience to markets. We cannot
    worship both God and money.”


  • Lori

     In response to St. Paul’s decision, a group of other Christian groups have pledged “to protect protesters by forming a ring of prayer around the camp”.  

    Good for them. I hope tptb at St Paul’s are shamed by it. 

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for this information. I see the Quakers are among those forming the ring–no surprises there. (I’m not affiliated with the Quakers, and never have been. But they do always seem to land on the right side of things.)

  • Lori

    So, apparently people taking it upon themselves to protect Occupy groups from being dispersed by the police is becoming a bit of A Thing.

    The part of me that has hope thinks that there are some very nervous plutocrats this evening. 

    The cynical part of me thinks there are some authoritarians rubbing there hands together with glee over the fact that they’ll soon have an excuse to push a large scale violent repression a la Occupy Oakland. 

    Here’s hoping my hopeful side has the right of it. 

  • Don Gisselbeck

    Once again, the predator class are not in the least concerned. They are drinking their champagne and laughing, secure in the knowledge that their propaganda skills have become so good that their prey will choose to remain prey. The only way this will ever change is if there are truly massive protests, millions of people marching on Wall Street, they may even need to be armed.

  • Lori

    The only way this will ever change is if there are truly massive protests, millions of people marching on Wall Street, they may even need to be armed.  

    As a percentage of population, it didn’t take that many people marching the last time we did that and I don’t think it necessarily requires that many now. I’m sure some of those at the top aren’t at all worried, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be. 

  • Are you seriously advocating the use of weapons?

  • Don Gisselbeck

    I do not want a violent revolution (it would make skiing difficult). The problem I see is that the predator class will not change their behavior in response to OWS as it is (far too few people). We simply need to scare the crap out of them as was done in the early part of the last century. A million people marching on Wall Street would be met by violence (think Bonus Army), they might need to be armed for self defense. I am quite pessimistic, I see small chance of the prey learning to vote in their own interest until things get so bad that huge, violent, incoherent mobs become inevitable.

  • Parasum

    Try reading Isaiah 1 (spoiler – he is not very nice about worship without ethics):

    1 The vision about Judah and Jerusalem that Isaiah, Amoz’s son, saw in the days of Judah’s kings Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah.

    2 Hear you heavens, and listen, earth,        for the Lord has spoken:I reared children; I raised them,    and they turned against me!3 An ox knows its owner,    and a donkey its master’s feeding trough.    But Israel doesn’t know;        my people don’t behave intelligently.
    4 Doom! Sinful nation, people weighed down with crimes,    evildoing offspring, corrupt children!They have abandoned the Lord,    despised the holy one of Israel;    they turned their backs on God.
    5 Why do you invite further beatings?    Why continue to rebel?Everyone’s head throbs,    and everyone’s heart fails.6 From head to toe, none are well—    only bruises, cuts, and raw wounds,        not treated, not bandaged,        not soothed with oil.
    7 Your country is deserted,    your cities burned with fire;    your land—strangers are devouring it in plain sight.    It’s a wasteland, as when foreigners raid.8 Daughter Zion is left like a small shelter in a vineyard,    like a hut in a cucumber field,    like a city besieged.9 If the Lord of heavenly forces had not spared a few of us,    we would be like Sodom; we would resemble Gomorrah.
    Hands filled with bloodshed.

    10 Hear the Lord’s word, you leaders of Sodom.    Listen to our God’s teaching,        people of Gomorrah!11 What should I think about all your sacrifices?    says the Lord.I’m fed up with entirely burned offerings of rams    and the fat of well-fed beasts.    I don’t want the blood of bulls, lambs, and goats.12 When you come to appear before me,    who asked this from you,    this trampling of my temple’s courts?13 Stop bringing worthless offerings.    Your incense repulses me.New moon, sabbath, and the calling of an assembly—    I can’t stand wickedness with celebration!14 I hate your new moons and your festivals.    They’ve become a burden that I’m tired of bearing.15 When you extend your hands,    I’ll hide my eyes from you.Even when you pray for a long time,    I won’t listen.Your hands are stained with blood.16     Wash! Be clean!Remove your ugly deeds from my sight.    Put an end to such evil;17     learn to do good.Seek justice:    help the oppressed;    defend the orphan;    plead for the widow.
    18 Come now, and let’s settle this,    says the Lord.Though your sins are like scarlet,    they will be white as snow.If they are red as crimson,    they will become like wool.19 If you agree and obey,    you will eat the best food of the land.20 But if you refuse and rebel,    you will be devoured by the sword.The Lord has said this.
    Zion will be redeemed
    21 This faithful town has become a prostitute!She was full of justice;    righteousness lived in her—    but now murderers.22 Your silver has become impure;    your beer is diluted with water.23 Your princes are rebels,    companions of thieves.Everyone loves a bribe and pursues gifts.    They don’t defend the orphan,    and the widow’s cause never reaches them.24 Therefore, says the Lord God of heavenly forces,    the mighty one of Israel:Doom! I will vent my anger against my foes;    I will take it out on my enemies,25     and I will turn my hand against you.I will refine your impurities as with lye,    and remove all your cinders.26 Then I will restore your judges as in earlier times,    and your counselors as at the beginning.After this you will be called Righteous City, Faithful Town.
    27 Zion will be redeemed by justice,    and those who change their lives by righteousness.28 But God will shatter rebels and sinners alike;    those who abandon the Lord will be finished.
    29 You will be ashamed of the oaks you once desired,
        and embarrassed by the gardens you once chose.
    30 You will be like an oak with withering leaves,
        like a garden without water.
    31 The strong will be like dry twigs,
            their deeds like sparks;
        the two will burn together,
        with no one to extinguish them.
    ## Great stuff. It deserves to be far better known.  “Sodom” is Jerusalem. And teh gay stuff is not what concerns Isaiah – he is concerned with social justice, or the lack of it. If only preachers had his courage & outspokenness – but they are more likely to have rather different,far inferior values. Any preacher of any denomination who preached like that would be  in deep trouble. :(

  • Parasum

    Sry abt teh formatting :(