The word of the LORD that came to Mikhah the Morashti in the days of Yotam, Achaz, and Hizkiyahu, kings of Yehudah, which he saw concerning Shomron and Yerushalayim.
Hear, you peoples, all of you. Listen, O eretz, and all that is therein: And let the Lord GOD be witness against you, The Lord from his holy temple.
For, behold, the LORD comes forth out of his place, And will come down and tread on the high places of the eretz.
The mountains melt under him, And the valleys split apart, Like wax before the fire, Like waters that are poured down a steep place.
"All this is for the disobedience of Ya`akov, And for the sins of the house of Yisra'el. What is the disobedience of Ya`akov? Isn't it Shomron? And what are the high places of Yehudah? Aren't they Yerushalayim?
Therefore I will make Shomron like a rubble heap of the field, Like places for planting vineyards; And I will pour down its stones into the valley, And I will uncover its foundations.
All her idols will be beaten to pieces, And all her temple gifts will be burned with fire, And all her images I will destroy; For of the hire of a prostitute has she gathered them, And to the hire of a prostitute shall they return."
For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will howl like the jackals, And moan like the daughters of owls.
For her wounds are incurable; For it has come even to Yehudah. It reaches to the gate of my people, Even to Yerushalayim.
Don't tell it in Gat, Don't weep at all. At Beit-La`afrah I have rolled myself in the dust.
Pass on, inhabitant of Shafir, in nakedness and shame. The inhabitant of Tza'anan won't come out. The wailing of Beit-Ha`etzel will take from you his protection.
For the inhabitant of Marot waits anxiously for good, Because evil has come down from the LORD to the gate of Yerushalayim.
Harness the chariot to the swift steed, inhabitant of Lakhish. She was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Tziyon; For the transgressions of Yisra'el were found in you.
Therefore you will give a parting gift to Moreshet-Gat. The houses of Akhziv will be a deceitful thing to the kings of Yisra'el.
I will yet bring to you, inhabitant of Mareshah, He who is the glory of Yisra'el will come to `Adullam.
Shave your heads, And cut off your hair for the children of your delight. Enlarge your baldness like the rakham; For they have gone into captivity from you!