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.
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.
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
12 For the inhabitress of Maroth i waited anxiously for good; but evil hath come down from Jehovah unto the gate of Jerusalem.
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.
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
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.