Micah 1

The word of the  Lord that came to Micah a of Moresheth b in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw c concerning d Samaria and Jerusalem.

The Coming Destruction

e Hear, you peoples, all of you;
Hebrew  all of them

g pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it,
and h let the Lord  God be a witness against you,
i the Lord from his holy temple.
For behold j the  Lord is coming out of k his place,
and will come down and l tread upon the high places of the earth.
And m the mountains will melt under him,
and the valleys will split open,
like wax before the fire,
like waters poured down a steep place.
All this is for n the transgression of Jacob
and for the sins of the house of Israel.
o What is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not p Samaria?
And what is q the high place of Judah?
Is it not Jerusalem?
Therefore I will make r Samaria s a heap in the open country,
a place for planting vineyards,
and I will pour down her stones t into the valley
and u uncover her foundations.
All v her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
w all her wages shall be burned with fire,
and all her idols I will lay waste,
for from x the fee of a prostitute she gathered them,
and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.
y For this I will lament and wail;
I will go z stripped and naked;
I will make lamentation aa like the jackals,
and mourning ab like the ostriches.
ac For her wound is incurable,
and it has come to Judah;
it has reached to the gate of my people,
to Jerusalem.
10  ad Tell it not in ae Gath;
weep not at all;
in Beth-le-aphrah
af roll yourselves in the dust.
11 Pass on your way,
inhabitants of Shaphir,
ag in nakedness and shame;
the inhabitants of Zaanan
do not come out;
the lamentation of Beth-ezel
shall take away from you its standing place.
12 For the inhabitants of Maroth
wait anxiously for good,
because disaster has come down ah from the  Lord
to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 Harness the steeds to the chariots,
inhabitants of ai Lachish;
it was the beginning of sin
to the daughter of Zion,
for in you were found
aj the transgressions of Israel.
14 Therefore you shall give parting gifts
Or  give dowry

to al Moresheth-gath;
the houses of am Achzib shall be a deceitful thing
to the kings of Israel.
15 I will again bring an a conqueror to you,
inhabitants of ao Mareshah;
the glory of Israel
shall come to ap Adullam.
16  aq Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair,
for the children of your delight;
ar make yourselves as bald as the eagle,
for they shall go from you into exile.
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