|Micah 3:1-6 |
1 And I said, "Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob and you rulers of the house of Israel! Should you not know justice?
2 You who hate good and love evil, who pluck the skin from my people and their flesh from their bones;
3 Who eat the flesh of my people and strip their skin off of them, who break their bones and chop them in pieces like meat for the pot, like flesh in the kettle.
4 Then they will cry to the LORD, but he will not hear them; he will even hide his face from them at that time because they have been evil in their deeds.
5 Thus says the LORD: Concerning the false prophets who make my people stray, when someone gives them something to eat they cry, 'Peace;' but when someone does not put food into their mouths, they prepare war against him.1
6 Therefore it shall be night to you, so that you shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark to you without divination. And the sun shall go down for the false prophets, and the day shall go dark for them.
1 When someone gives them [the false prophets] something to eat they cry, 'Peace;' but when someone does not put food into their mouths, they prepare war against him. This occurred in England and America as the early Quakers refused to pay tithes, and masses of people left the Episcopal, Congregationalist Puritan, Presbyterian, and Baptist sects. The priests and ministers of these sects became enraged and were the ones who incited the civil authorities to imprison tens of thousands Quakers, kill over 1000, steal the property of tens of thousands, and even send them and some of their children to slavery.
Why? Because the Quakers took food out of their mouths, so just like this verse says: When someone gives them [the false prophets] something to eat they cry, 'Peace;' but when someone does not put food into their mouths, they prepare war against him.
There was so much envy over the spiritual success of the early Quakers, even the ministerial students of Oxford and Cambridge regularly persecuted the local Quaker meetings, committing barbaric atrocities on the persons of women and men in the meetings. Click to read.