Micah 1
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Judgment against Israel
(Isaiah 7:17-25)

1This is the word of the LORD that came to Micah the Moreshite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah—what he saw regarding Samaria and Jerusalem:

2Hear, O peoples, all of you;

listen, O earth, and everyone in it!

The Lord GOD will witness against you,

the Lord from His holy temple.

3For behold, the LORD comes forth

out of His dwelling place;

He will come down and tread

on the high places of the earth.

4The mountains will melt beneath Him,

and the valleys will split apart,

like wax before the fire,

like water cascading down a slope.

5All this is for the transgression of Jacob

and the sins of the house of Israel.

What is the transgression of Jacob?

Is it not Samaria?

And what is the high place of Judah?

Is it not Jerusalem?

6Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble in the open field,

a planting area for a vineyard.

I will pour her stones into the valley

and expose her foundations.

7All her carved images will be smashed to pieces;

all her wages will be burned in the fire,

and I will destroy all her idols.

Since she collected the wages of a prostitute,

they will be used again on a prostitute.

Weeping and Mourning

8Because of this I will lament and wail;

I will walk barefoot and naked.

I will howl like a jackala

and mourn like an ostrich.

9For her wound is incurable;

it has reached even Judah;

it has approached the gate of my people,

as far as Jerusalem itself.

10Do not tell it in Gath;b do not weep at all.

Roll in the dust in Beth-leaphrah.c

11Depart in shameful nakedness,

O dwellers of Shaphir.d

The dwellers of Zaanane

will not come out.

Beth-ezel is in mourning;

its support is taken from you.

12For the dwellers of Marothf pined for good,

but calamity came down from the LORD,

even to the gate of Jerusalem.

13Harness the horses to the chariot,

O dweller of Lachish.

You were the beginning of sin to the Daughter of Zion,

for the transgressions of Israel were found in you.

14Therefore, send farewell giftsg to Moresheth-gath;h

the houses of Achzibi will prove deceptive

to the kings of Israel.

15I will again bring a conqueror against you,

O dweller of Mareshah.j

The glory of Israel will come to Adullam.

16Shave yourselves bald and cut off your hair

in mourning for your precious children;

make yourselves as bald as an eagle,

for they will go from you into exile.


8 a Or a serpent or a dragon
10 b Gath sounds like the Hebrew for tell
10 c Beth-Leaphrah means house of dust
11 d Shaphir means pleasant
11 e Zaanan sounds like the Hebrew for come out
12 f Maroth sounds like the Hebrew for bitter
14 g Or give dowry
14 h Moresheth sounds like the Hebrew for gift or dowry
14 i Achzib means deception
15 j Mareshah sounds like the Hebrew for conqueror

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