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.
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!
For behold, Jehovah cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
For her wounds are incurable; for it is come even unto Judah, it reacheth unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
Tell it not in Gath, weep not at all; b at Beth-le-aphrah c roll thyself in the dust.
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. h12
For the inhabitress of Maroth i waited anxiously for good; but evil hath come down from Jehovah unto the gate of Jerusalem.
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.
Therefore shalt thou give parting-gifts to Moresheth-Gath: j the houses of Achzib k shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.
I will yet bring unto thee an heir, l O inhabitress of Mareshah; m the glory of Israel shall come even unto Adullam. n16
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.