Corruption of the “Powerful” in Ancient Judah in Micah 2:1-11 and 3:1-12: An African Reflection

Yaw Adu-Gyamfi

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Corruption in high places of societies is known everywhere around the globe. This phenomenon is not something new among God’s people. The book of Micah shows that corruption among leaders of all sectors of the society existed in ancient Judah. This article looks at the book from the perspective that the powerful men in Judah were perpetrators of corruption. The poor and needy suffered in the hands of these men. Surprisingly, these men claimed to be religious. The prophet Micah as a concerned citizen preached against these men and their corrupt practices. This article reveals that the corrupt behaviour of “powerful” in ancient Judah pertains in African societies. It challenges the Church in Africa to stand up to preach against these men and their evil deeds. It finally shows that evil attitudes of the “powerful” bring down societies.

Keywords: corruption, the powerful, ancient Judah, the book of Micah, Africa

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Yaw Adu-Gyamfi, PhD (Sheffield, UK); Senior Lecturer, Ghana Baptist University College – Ghana /Research Fellow, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Email:

Gyamfi, Yaw A. “Corruption of the “Powerful” in Ancient Judah in Micah 2:1-11 and 3:1-12: An African Reflection.” E-Journal of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences 1, no.2 (2020): 86-99.

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