Micah 1

Destruction in Israel and Judah

1The 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. 2Hear, O peoples, all of
Lit them
g  Listen, O earth and
Lit its fullness
all it contains,
And let the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord
 God be a j  witness against you,
The Lord from His holy temple.
3For behold, the  Lord is k  coming forth from His place.
He will come down and l  tread on the high places of the
Or land
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.
5All 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 places
place of Judah?
Is it not Jerusalem?
6For I will make Samaria a s  heap of ruins
Lit of the field
in 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.
7All 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.

8Because 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.
9For 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 dust
Beth-le-aphrah roll yourself in the dust.
I.e. Go into captivity
Go on your way, inhabitant of
I.e. pleasantness
Shaphir, in aj  shameful nakedness.
The inhabitant of
I.e. going out
al  Zaanan does not
Lit go out
The lamentation of
I.e. house of removal
Beth-ezel: “He will take from you its
Lit standing place
12For the inhabitant of
I.e. bitterness
Becomes weak aq  waiting for good,
Because a calamity has come down from the  Lord
To the ar  gate of Jerusalem.
13Harness 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.
14Therefore 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.
15Moreover, 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.
16Make 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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