Micah 1

Judgment Against Israel

[This is] the word of the LORD that came to Micah the Moreshite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah— what he saw regarding Samaria and Jerusalem: Hear, O peoples, all of you; listen, O earth, and everyone in it! The Lord GOD will witness against you, the Lord from His holy temple. For behold, the LORD comes forth out of His dwelling place; He will come down and tread on the high places of the earth. The mountains will melt beneath Him, and the valleys will split apart, like wax before the fire, like water cascading down a slope. All this [is] for the transgression of Jacob and the sins of the house of Israel. What [is] the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? And what is the high place of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem? Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble in the open field, a planting area for a vineyard. I will pour her stones into the valley and expose her foundations. All her carved images will be smashed to pieces; all her wages will be burned in the fire, and I will destroy all her idols. Since she collected the wages of a prostitute, they will be used again on a prostitute.

Weeping and Mourning

Because of this I will lament and wail; I will walk barefoot and naked. I will howl like a jackal and mourn like an ostrich. For her wound is incurable; it has reached even Judah; it has approached the gate of my people, as far as Jerusalem itself. 10  Do not tell it in Gath;
Gath sounds like the Hebrew for tell
do not weep at all. Roll in the dust in Beth-leaphrah.
Beth-Leaphrah means house of dust
11  Depart in shameful nakedness, O residents of Shaphir.
Shaphir means pleasant
The inhabitants of Zaanan
Zaanan sounds like the Hebrew for come out
will not come out. Beth-ezel is in mourning; its support is taken from you.
12  For the residents of Maroth
Maroth sounds like the Hebrew for bitter
pined for good, but calamity came down from the LORD, even to the gate of Jerusalem.
13  Harness the horses to the chariot, O inhabitant of Lachish. You were the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion, for the transgressions of Israel were found in you. 14  Therefore, send farewell gifts
Or give dowry
to Moresheth-gath;
Moresheth sounds like the Hebrew for gift or dowry
the houses of Achzib
Achzib means deception
[will] prove deceptive to the kings of Israel.
15  I will again bring a conqueror against you, O inhabitant of Mareshah.
Mareshah sounds like the Hebrew for conqueror
The glory of Israel will come to Adullam.
16  Shave yourselves bald and cut off your hair in morning for your precious children; make yourselves as bald as an eagle, for they will go from you into exile.
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