Micah1The word of the Lord that came a to Micah b the Moreshite c – what he saw regarding Samaria and Jerusalem in the days of Jotham, d Ahaz, e and Hezekiah, f kings of Judah.
Coming Judgment on Israel2 Listen, all you peoples; g
pay attention, earth ▼
▼Or landand everyone in it! i
The Lord God will be a witness against you, j
the Lord, from His holy temple. k
3 Look, the Lord is leaving His place l
and coming down to trample
the heights ▼
▼Or high placesof the earth. n
4 The mountains will melt beneath Him,
and the valleys will split apart,
like wax near a fire o
like water cascading down a mountainside.
5 All this will happen because of Jacob’s rebellion
and the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the rebellion of Jacob?
Isn’t it Samaria? p
And what is the ▼
▼high place(s): An ancient place of worship most often associated with pagan religions, usually built on an elevated locationhigh place of Judah? r
Isn’t it Jerusalem?
6 Therefore, I will make Samaria
a heap of ruins s in the countryside,
a planting area t for a vineyard.
I will roll her stones u into the valley
and expose her foundations. v
7 All her carved images will be smashed w to pieces;
all her wages x will be burned in the fire,
and I will destroy all her idols.
Since she collected the wages of a prostitute y
they will be used again for a prostitute.
Micah’s Lament8 Because of this I will lament and wail;
I will walk barefoot and naked. z
I will howl like the jackals aa
and mourn like ostriches. ▼
▼Or eagle owls; lit daughters of the desert
9 For her wound is incurable ac
and has reached even Judah; ad
it has approached the gate of my people ae
as far as Jerusalem.
10 Don’t announce it in Gath af
don’t weep at all.
Roll in the dust in Beth-leaphrah.
11 Depart in shameful nakedness ag
you residents of Shaphir;
the residents of Zaanan ah will not come out.
Beth-ezel is lamenting;
its support ▼
▼Lit its standing place; Hb obscureis taken from you.
12 Though the residents of Maroth
anxiously wait for something good aj
disaster has come from the Lord ak
to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 Harness the horses to the chariot,
you residents of Lachish. al
This was the beginning of sin for Daughter ▼
▼Zion: Originally a term for the fortified section of Jerusalem and then, by extension, used for the temple and the city of Jerusalem both in the present time and in the futureZion,
because Israel’s acts of rebellion an can be traced to you.
14 Therefore, send farewell gifts ao to Moresheth-gath;
the houses of Achzib ap are a deception aq
to the kings of Israel.
15 I will again bring a conqueror
against you who live in Mareshah. ar
The nobility ▼
▼Lit gloryof Israel will come to Adullam. at
16 Shave yourselves bald and cut off your hair au
in sorrow for your precious children;
make yourselves as bald as an eagle,
for they have been taken from you into exile. av
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