1The word of the LORD that camea to Micahb the Moreshitec — what he saw regarding Samaria and Jerusalem in the days of Jotham,d Ahaz,e and Hezekiah,f kings of Judah.
Coming Judgment on Israel
2Listen, all you peoples;g
pay attention, earthh and everyone in it!i
The Lord GOD will be a witness against you,j
the Lord, from His holy temple.k
3Look, the LORD is leaving His placel
and coming down to trample
the heightsm of the earth.n
4The mountains will melt beneath Him,
and the valleys will split apart,
like wax near a fire,o
like water cascading down a mountainside.
5All 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 of Judah?q
Isn’t it Jerusalem?
6Therefore, I will make Samaria
a heap of ruinsr in the countryside,
a planting areas for a vineyard.
I will roll her stonest into the valley
and expose her foundations.u
7All her carved images will be smashedv to pieces;
all her wagesw will be burned in the fire,
and I will destroy all her idols.
Since she collected the wages of a prostitute,x
they will be used again for a prostitute.
8Because of this I will lament and wail;
I will walk barefoot and naked.y
I will howl like the jackalsz
and mourn like ostriches.aa
9For her wound is incurableab
and has reached even Judah;ac
it has approached the gate of my people,ad
as far as Jerusalem.
10Don’t announce it in Gath,ae
don’t weep at all.
Roll in the dust in Beth-leaphrah.
11Depart in shameful nakedness,af
you residents of Shaphir;
the residents of Zaananag will not come out.
Beth-ezel is lamenting;
its supportah is taken from you.
12Though the residents of Maroth
anxiously wait for something good,ai
disaster has come from the LORDaj
to the gate of Jerusalem.
13Harness the horses to the chariot,
you residents of Lachish.ak
This was the beginning of sin for Daughter •Zion,
because Israel’s acts of rebellional can be traced to you.
14Therefore, send farewell giftsam to Moresheth-gath;
the houses of Achziban are a deceptionao
to the kings of Israel.
15I will again bring a conqueror
against you who live in Mareshah.ap
The nobilityaq of Israel will come to Adullam.ar
16Shave yourselves bald and cut off your hairas
in sorrow for your precious children;
make yourselves as bald as an eagle,
for they have been taken from you into exile.at
a. 1:1 Hs 1:1; Jl 1:1; Zph 1:1
b. 1:1 2Ch 29:5-11; 32:24-26; Jr 26:18
c. 1:1 Mc 1:14
d. 1:1 2Kg 15:5,32-38; 2Ch 27:1-9; Is 1:1; Hs 1:1
e. 1:1 2Kg 16:1-20; 2Ch 28:1-27; Is 7:1-12
f. 1:1 2Kg 18:1-20; 2Ch 29:1-31
g. 1:2 1Kg 22:28; 2Ch 18:27; Jr 6:19; 22:29
h. 1:2 Or land
i. 1:2 Ps 24:1; Is 34:1; Jr 47:2
j. 1:2 1Sm 12:5-6; Ps 50:7; Jr 42:5; Mal 3:5
k. 1:2 Ps 11:4; Hab 2:20
l. 1:3 Is 26:21
m. 1:3 Or high places
n. 1:3 Am 4:13
o. 1:4 Ps 97:5; Is 64:1-2; Nah 1:5
p. 1:5 Is 7:9; Am 8:14
q. 1:5 2Ch 34:3-4
r. 1:6 Mc 3:12
s. 1:6 Jr 31:5; Am 5:11
t. 1:6 Lm 4:1
u. 1:6 Ezk 13:14
v. 1:7 Dt 9:21; 2Ch 34:7
w. 1:7 Dt 23:18
x. 1:7 Dt 23:18
y. 1:8 Is 20:2-4; 32:11
z. 1:8 Is 13:21-22
aa. 1:8 Or eagle owls ; lit daughters of the desert
ab. 1:9 Is 3:26; Jr 30:12,15
ac. 1:9 2Kg 18:13-16; 19:31-37; Is 8:7-8
ad. 1:9 Mc 1:12
ae. 1:10 2Sm 1:20
af. 1:11 Ezk 23:29
ag. 1:11 Jos 15:37
ah. 1:11 Lit its standing place ; Hb obscure
ai. 1:12 Is 59:9-11; Jr 14:19
aj. 1:12 Jdg 2:15; 2Kg 17:7; 21:12; Is 45:7; Mc 2:3
ak. 1:13 Jos 10:3; 2Kg 14:19; Is 36:2
al. 1:13 Mc 1:5
am. 1:14 2Kg 16:8
an. 1:14 Jos 15:44
ao. 1:14 Jr 15:18
ap. 1:15 Jos 15:44
aq. 1:15 Lit glory
ar. 1:15 Jos 12:15; 15:35; 1Sm 22:1; 2Sm 23:13
as. 1:16 Jb 1:20; Is 22:12; Jr 7:29
at. 1:16 2Kg 17:6; Am 7:11,17