The 1word of the LORDwhichcame to 2Micah of Moresheth in the days of 3Jotham, 4Ahaz and 5Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he sawconcerningSamaria and Jerusalem.
2Hear, O peoples, all of ayou; 6Listen, O earth and ball it contains, And let the LordcGOD be a 7witness against you, The Lord from His holytemple.
For behold, the LORD is 8comingforth from His place. He will comedown and 9tread on the highplaces of the dearth.
410The mountains will meltunder Him And the valleys will be split, Like waxbefore the fire, Like waterpoureddown a steepplace.
5Allthis is for the rebellion of Jacob And for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the 11rebellion of Jacob ? Is it not 12Samaria ? What is the 13higheplace of Judah ? Is it not Jerusalem ?
For I will makeSamaria a 14heap of ruinsfin the open country, 15Plantingplaces for a vineyard. I will 16pour her stonesdown into the valley And will 17laybare her foundations.
7All of her 18idols will be smashed, All of her earnings will be burned with fire And all of her images I will makedesolate, For she collected them from a 19harlot'searnings, And to the earnings of a harlot they will return.
8Because of this I must lament and wail, I must go20barefoot and naked ; I must make a lament like the 21jackals And a mourning like the ostriches.
For her g22wound is incurable, For 23it has come to Judah ; It has reached the 24gate of my people, Even to Jerusalem.
1025Tell it not in Gath, Weep not at all. At hBeth-le-aphrahroll yourself in the dust.
11iGo on your way, inhabitant of jShaphir, in 26shamefulnakedness. The inhabitant of k27Zaanan does not lescape. The lamentation of mBeth-ezel : "He will take from you its nsupport."
For the inhabitant of oMarothBecomesweak28waiting for good, Because a calamity has comedown from the LORD To the 29gate of Jerusalem.
13Harness the chariot to the team of horses, O inhabitant of 30Lachish - She was the beginning of sin To the daughter of Zion - Because in you were found The 31rebelliousacts of Israel.
14Therefore you will giveparting32gifts On behalf of Moresheth-gath ; The houses of 33Achzib will become a 34deception To the kings of Israel.
15Moreover, I will bring on you The one who takespossession, O inhabitant of p35Mareshah. The glory of Israel will enter36Adullam.
16Make yourself 37bald and cutoff your hair, Because of the children of your delight ; Extend your baldness like the eagle, For they will 38go from you into exile.