The introductory word
The word of Jehovah which came to 1aMicah
the Morashtite in the days of bJotham
, Ahaz, and
Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
Jehovah's reproof on Israel
, all you peoples,
And give heed, O earth and its fullness;
And let the Lord Jehovah be a witness against you,
The Lord from His holy btemple
For Jehovah is about to come forth from His aplace
And He will come down and tread upon the bhigh
places of the earth.
And the mountains will be amelted
And the valleys will be cleft,
Like wax before fire,
Like water poured down a slope.
All this is because of the transgression of Jacob
And because of the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not Samaria?
And what are the high places of Judah?
Are they not Jerusalem?
Therefore I will make Samaria
of ruins in a field,
Places for the planting of vineyards;
And I will pour her stones down into the valley
And uncover her foundations.
And all her engraved idols will be smashed,
And all her gifts for harlotry will be burned with fire,
And all her images I will make a desolation;
For from the harlot’s hire she has gathered them
And unto the harlot’s hire they will return.
Because of this I will wail and howl;
I will go about abarefoot
I will make a wailing like the jackals
And a lamentation like the ostriches.
For her awound
For it has come as far as Judah;
It reaches as far as the gate of my people,
As far as Jerusalem.
not declare it in Gath;
Do not weep at all.
I rolled myself in the dust.
Pass away on your own,
O inhabitress of Shaphir,
In shameful nakedness;
The inhabitress of Zaanan
Has not gone forth;
There is lamentation in Beth-ezel;
It will take from you its support.
For the inhabitress of Maroth
Waits in pain for good,
For evil has come down from Jehovah
To the gate of Jerusalem.
Bind the chariot to the steeds, O inhabitress of aLachish
She was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion,
For the transgressions of Israel were found in you.
Therefore you will give a parting gift
The houses of Achzib will be a deception
To the kings of Israel.
Further, I will bring upon you the possessor,
O inhabitress of Mareshah;
The glory of Israel will come
As far as Adullam.
Shave yourself and cut off your hair
For the children of your delights;
Enlarge your baldness like an eagle,
For they have gone from you into acaptivity