Micah 1 (New American Standard)

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Destruction in Israel and Judah

1 The 1word of the LORD which came to 2Micah of Moresheth in the days of 3Jotham, 4Ahaz and 5Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. 2 Hear, O peoples, all of ayou; 6Listen, O earth and ball it contains, And let the Lord cGOD be a 7witness against you, The Lord from His holy temple. 3 For behold, the LORD is 8coming forth from His place. He will come down and 9tread on the high places of the dearth. 4 10The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split, Like wax before the fire, Like water poured down a steep place. 5 All this 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 13high eplace of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem? 6 For I will make Samaria a 14heap of ruins fin the open country, 15Planting places for a vineyard. I will 16pour her stones down into the valley And will 17lay bare her foundations. 7 All of her 18idols will be smashed, All of her earnings will be burned with fire And all of her images I will make desolate, For she collected them from a 19harlot's earnings, And to the earnings of a harlot they will return. 8 Because of this I must lament and wail, I must go 20barefoot and naked; I must make a lament like the 21jackals And a mourning like the ostriches. 9 For her g22wound is incurable, For 23it has come to Judah; It has reached the 24gate of my people, Even to Jerusalem. 10 25Tell it not in Gath, Weep not at all. At hBeth-le-aphrah roll yourself in the dust. 11 iGo on your way, inhabitant of jShaphir, in 26shameful nakedness. The inhabitant of k27Zaanan does not lescape. The lamentation of mBeth-ezel: "He will take from you its nsupport." 12 For the inhabitant of oMaroth Becomes weak 28waiting for good, Because a calamity has come down from the LORD To the 29gate of Jerusalem. 13 Harness 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 31rebellious acts of Israel. 14 Therefore you will give parting 32gifts On behalf of Moresheth-gath; The houses of 33Achzib will become a 34deception To the kings of Israel. 15 Moreover, I will bring on you The one who takes possession, O inhabitant of p35Mareshah. The glory of Israel will enter 36Adullam. 16 Make yourself 37bald and cut off your hair, Because of the children of your delight; Extend your baldness like the eagle, For they will 38go from you into exile.
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