1The time when Micah prophesied. 2Micah showeth the wrath of God against Israel and Judah for idolatry. 10A lamentation for them.
1The 1word of the Lord that came to 2Micah the Morasthite 3in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw 4concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2aHear, all ye people; 1hearken, O earth, and ball that therein is: and let the Lord God2be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.
3For, behold, 1the Lord cometh forth out of 2his place, and will come down, 3and tread upon the 4high places of the earth.
4And 1the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, 2as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down aa steep place.
5For the 1transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. 2What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?
6Therefore 1I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and 2I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.
7And 1all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all 2the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she 3gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and 4they shall return to the hire of an harlot.
8Therefore 1I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the aowls.
91For aher wound is incurable; for 2it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
10¶ 1Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of aAphrah 2roll thyself in the dust.
111Pass ye away, thou ainhabitant of bSaphir, 2having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of cZaanan came not forth in the mourning of dBeth-ezel; he shall receive of you his standing.
12For the inhabitant of Maroth awaited carefully for good: but 1evil came down from the Lord unto the gate of Jerusalem.
13O 1thou inhabitant of Lachish, 2bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the 3beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.
141Therefore shalt thou give presents ato Moresheth-gath: 2the houses of bAchzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.
15Yet 1will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of 2Mareshah: ahe shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.
161Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; 2for they are gone into captivity from thee.