Micah 1

1The word of the  Lord that came to Micah aof Moresheth bin the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw cconcerning dSamaria and Jerusalem.

The Coming Destruction

2 eHear, you peoples, all of you;
Hebrew  all of them

gpay attention, O earth, and all that is in it,
and hlet the Lord  God be a witness against you,
ithe Lord from his holy temple.
3For behold jthe  Lord is coming out of khis place,
and will come down and ltread upon the high places of the earth.
4And mthe mountains will melt under him,
and the valleys will split open,
like wax before the fire,
like waters poured down a steep place.
5All this is for nthe transgression of Jacob
and for the sins of the house of Israel.
oWhat is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not pSamaria?
And what is qthe high place of Judah?
Is it not Jerusalem?
6Therefore I will make rSamaria sa heap in the open country,
a place for planting vineyards,
and I will pour down her stones tinto the valley
and uuncover her foundations.
7All vher carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
wall her wages shall be burned with fire,
and all her idols I will lay waste,
for from xthe fee of a prostitute she gathered them,
and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.
8 yFor this I will lament and wail;
I will go zstripped and naked;
I will make lamentation aalike the jackals,
and mourning ablike the ostriches.
9 acFor her wound is incurable,
and it has come to Judah;
it has reached to the gate of my people,
to Jerusalem.
10 adTell it not in aeGath;
weep not at all;
in Beth-le-aphrah
afroll yourselves in the dust.
11Pass on your way,
inhabitants of Shaphir,
agin nakedness and shame;
the inhabitants of Zaanan
do not come out;
the lamentation of Beth-ezel
shall take away from you its standing place.
12For the inhabitants of Maroth
wait anxiously for good,
because disaster has come down ahfrom the  Lord
to the gate of Jerusalem.
13Harness the steeds to the chariots,
inhabitants of aiLachish;
it was the beginning of sin
to the daughter of Zion,
for in you were found
ajthe transgressions of Israel.
14Therefore you shall give parting gifts
Or  give dowry

to alMoresheth-gath;
the houses of amAchzib shall be a deceitful thing
to the kings of Israel.
15I will again bring ana conqueror to you,
inhabitants of aoMareshah;
the glory of Israel
shall come to apAdullam.
16 aqMake yourselves bald and cut off your hair,
for the children of your delight;
armake yourselves as bald as the eagle,
for they shall go from you into exile.
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