The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Moresheth1 during the reigns of Jotham,2 Ahaz3 and Hezekiah,4 kings of Judah5--the vision6 he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
Hear,7 you peoples, all of you,8 listen, earth9 and all who live in it, that the Sovereign LORD may witness10 against you, the Lord from his holy temple.11
Look! The LORD is coming from his dwelling12 place; he comes down13 and treads on the heights of the earth.144
The mountains melt15 beneath him16 and the valleys split apart,17 like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope.
All this is because of Jacob's transgression, because of the sins of the house of Israel. What is Jacob's transgression? Is it not Samaria?18 What is Judah's high place? Is it not Jerusalem?
"Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble, a place for planting vineyards.19 I will pour her stones20 into the valley and lay bare her foundations.217
All her idols22 will be broken to pieces;23 all her temple gifts will be burned with fire; I will destroy all her images.24 Since she gathered her gifts from the wages of prostitutes,25 as the wages of prostitutes they will again be used."
Because of this I will weep26 and wail; I will go about barefoot27 and naked. I will howl like a jackal and moan like an owl.
For Samaria's wound28 is incurable;29 it has come to Judah.30 It has reached the very gate31 of my people, even to Jerusalem itself.
Tell it not in Gatha; weep not at all. In Beth Ophrahb roll in the dust.
Pass on in nakedness32 and shame, you who live in Shaphir.c Those who live in Zaanand will not come out. Beth Ezel is in mourning; its protection is taken from you.
Those who live in Marothe writhe in pain, waiting for relief,33 because disaster34 has come from the LORD, even to the gate of Jerusalem.
You who live in Lachish,f35 harness the team to the chariot. You were the beginning of sin to Daughter Zion,36 for the transgressions of Israel were found in you.
Therefore you will give parting gifts37 to Moresheth38 Gath. The town of Akzibg39 will prove deceptive40 to the kings of Israel.
I will bring a conqueror against you who live in Mareshah.h41 The nobles of Israel will flee to Adullam.4216
Shave43 your head in mourning for the children in whom you delight; make yourself as bald as the vulture, for they will go from you into exile.44