Destruction in Israel and Judah1 The a word of the Lord which came to b Micah of Moresheth in the days of c Jotham, d Ahaz and e Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. 2 Hear, O peoples, all of ▼
▼ Lit themyou;
g Listen, O earth and ▼
▼ Lit its fullnessall it contains,
And let the Lord ▼
▼ Heb YHWH, usually rendered LordGod be a j witness against you,
The Lord from His holy temple.
3 For behold, the Lord is k coming forth from His place.
He will come down and l tread on the high places of the ▼
▼ Or landearth.
4 n The mountains will melt under Him
And the valleys will be split,
Like wax before the fire,
Like water poured down a steep place.
5 All this is for the rebellion of Jacob
And for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the o rebellion of Jacob?
Is it not p Samaria?
What is the q high ▼
▼ Lit placesplace of Judah?
Is it not Jerusalem?
6 For I will make Samaria a s heap of ruins ▼
▼ Lit of the fieldin the open country,
u Planting places for a vineyard.
I will v pour her stones down into the valley
And will w lay bare her foundations.
7 All of her x idols will be smashed,
All of her earnings will be burned with fire
And all of her images I will make desolate,
For she collected them from a y harlot’s earnings,
And to the earnings of a harlot they will return.
8 Because of this I must lament and wail,
I must go z barefoot and naked;
I must make a lament like the aa jackals
And a mourning like the ostriches.
9 For her ▼
▼ Lit wounds, ac wound is incurable,
For ad it has come to Judah;
It has reached the ae gate of my people,
Even to Jerusalem.
10 af Tell it not in Gath,
Weep not at all.
▼ I.e. house of dustBeth-le-aphrah roll yourself in the dust.
▼ I.e. Go into captivityGo on your way, inhabitant of ▼
▼ I.e. pleasantnessShaphir, in aj shameful nakedness.
The inhabitant of ▼
▼ I.e. going out, al Zaanan does not ▼
▼ Lit go outescape.
The lamentation of ▼
▼ I.e. house of removalBeth-ezel: “He will take from you its ▼
▼ Lit standing placesupport.”
12 For the inhabitant of ▼
▼ I.e. bitternessMaroth
Becomes weak aq waiting for good,
Because a calamity has come down from the Lord
To the ar gate of Jerusalem.
13 Harness the chariot to the team of horses,
O inhabitant of as Lachish—
She was the beginning of sin
To the daughter of Zion—
Because in you were found
The at rebellious acts of Israel.
14 Therefore you will give parting au gifts
On behalf of Moresheth-gath;
The houses of av Achzib will become a aw deception
To the kings of Israel.
15 Moreover, I will bring on you
The one who takes possession,
O inhabitant of ▼
▼ I.e. possession, ay Mareshah.
The glory of Israel will enter az Adullam.
16 Make yourself ba bald and cut off your hair,
Because of the children of your delight;
Extend your baldness like the eagle,
For they will bb go from you into exile.
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