1 The word of Jehovah that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, ye peoples, all of you; hearken, O earth, and all that is therein: and let the Lord Jehovah be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple!
3 For behold, Jehovah cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountains shall be melted under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, as waters poured down a steep place.
5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. Whence is the transgression of Jacob? is it not [from] Samaria? And whence are the high places of Judah? are they not [from] Jerusalem?
6 Therefore will I make Samaria as a heap of the field, as plantings of a vineyard; and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will lay bare the foundations thereof.
7 And all her graven images shall be beaten to pieces, and all her harlot-gifts shall be burned with fire, and all her idols will I make a desolation; for of the hire of a harlot hath she gathered [them], and to a harlot's hire shall they return.
8 For this will I lament, and I will howl; I will go stripped a and naked: I will make a wailing like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.

References for Micah 1:8

    • a 1:8 - Or 'barefooted.'
      9 For her wounds are incurable; for it is come even unto Judah, it reacheth unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
      10 Tell it not in Gath, weep not at all; b at Beth-le-aphrah c roll thyself in the dust.

      References for Micah 1:10

        • b 1:10 - Or 'in Acco (i.e. 'weeping') weep not.' Vers. 10-15 are made up of paranomasia, see Isa. 5.7
        • c 1:10 - House of dust.
          11 Pass away, inhabitress of Shaphir, d in nakedness [and] shame. The inhabitress of Zaanan e is not come forth for the lamentation of Beth-ezel: f he will g take from you its shelter. h

          References for Micah 1:11

            • d 1:11 - Beautiful town.
            • e 1:11 - Coming forth, Josh. 15.37.
            • f 1:11 - Neighbouring house.
            • g 1:11 - Or '... forth; the lamentation of Beth-ezel will.'
            • h 1:11 - Or 'stay:' lit. 'standing [ground].'
              12 For the inhabitress of Maroth i waited anxiously for good; but evil hath come down from Jehovah unto the gate of Jerusalem.

              References for Micah 1:12

                • i 1:12 - Bitterness.
                  13 Bind the chariot to the swift steed, O inhabitress of Lachish: she was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion; for in thee were found the transgressions of Israel.
                  14 Therefore shalt thou give parting-gifts to Moresheth-Gath: j the houses of Achzib k shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.

                  References for Micah 1:14

                    • j 1:14 - Possession of Gath.
                    • k 1:14 - Lying.
                      15 I will yet bring unto thee an heir, l O inhabitress of Mareshah; m the glory of Israel shall come even unto Adullam. n

                      References for Micah 1:15

                        • l 1:15 - Or, 'the possessor.'
                        • m 1:15 - Possession, inheritance.
                        • n 1:15 - Or 'Even unto Adullam (meaning 'retreat') shall he come, -- the glory of Israel.'
                          16 Make thee bald, and poll thee for the children of thy delights; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle, o for they are gone into captivity from thee.

                          References for Micah 1:16

                            • o 1:16 - Or 'vulture.'