Shouldn’t rulers know justice? 

Old Testament: Mic 3.1

To read the Bible in a year, read Micah 1–3 on December 19, In the year of our Lord Christ 2021

By Don Ruhl 

Micah had a good question for the leaders of Israel about justice. He asked: 

“Hear now, O heads of Jacob,
And you rulers of the house of Israel:
Is it not for you to know justice?”

– Micah 3.1 

Governments often forget their number one purpose and try to do other things and neglect one of their most important roles, that of carrying out justice. If the government does not carry out justice, who will? 

Israel also failed at times to know justice, failing to do justice when the need called for it. That only led to the breakdown of their society, just like it does in any nation. 


  • What is justice? 
  • Has justice ever not been applied to your situation? 

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2 thoughts on “Shouldn’t rulers know justice? 

  1. Powerful verse and book. I read chap. 3. Liked the NET for v. 8:

    > But I am full of the courage that the Lord’s Spirit gives and have a strong commitment to justice. This enables me to confront Jacob with its rebellion and Israel with its sin.

    God give us men like Micah!


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