Micah 1:2

The Coming Destruction

2 1Hear, you peoples, all of you;[a] 2pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and 3let the Lord GOD be a witness against you, 4the Lord from his holy temple.

Micah 1:2 Meaning and Commentary

Micah 1:2

Hear, all ye people
Or, "the people, all of them" F13; not all the nations of the world, but the nations of Israel, so called from their several tribes; though some F14 think the rest of the inhabitants of the earth are meant: thee are the same words which are used by Micaiah the prophet in the times of Ahab, long before this time, from whom they might be borrowed, ( 1 Kings 22:28 ) . The phrase in the Hebrew language, as Aben Ezra observes, is very wonderful, and serves to strike the minds and excite the attention of men; it is like the words of a crier, in a court of judicature, calling for silence: hearken, O earth, and all that therein is;
or, "its fulness" F15; the land of Israel and Judah, the whole land of promise, and all the inhabitants of it; for to them are the following words directed: and let the Lord God be witness against you;
or, "in you" F16; the Word of the Lord, as the Targum; let him who is the omniscient God, and knows all hearts, thoughts, words, and actions, let him bear witness in your consciences, that what I am about to say is truth, and comes from him; is not my own word, but his; and if you disregard it, and repent not, let him be a witness against you, and for me, that I have prophesied in his name; that I have faithfully delivered his message, and warned you of your danger, and reproved you for your sins, and have kept back nothing I have been charged and entrusted with: and now, you are summoned into open court, and at the tribunal of the great God of heaven and earth; let him be a witness against you of the many sins you have been guilty of, and attend while the indictment is read, the charge exhibited, and the proof given by the Lord from his holy temple,
from heaven, the habitation of his holiness; whose voice speaking from thence should be hearkened to; who from thence beholds all the actions of men, and from whence his wrath is revealed against their sins, and he gives visible tokens of his displeasure; and especially when he seems to come forth from thence in some remarkable instances of his power and providence, as follows:


F13 (Mlk Myme) "populi omnes ipsi", Montanus, Drusius, Piscator, Tarnovius.
F14 So Burkius.
F15 (halmw) "et plenitude ejus", Pagninus, Montanus, Vatablus, Drusius, Cocceius, Burkius.
F16 (Mkb) "in vobis", Montanus, Junius & Tremellius, Cocceius.

Micah 1:2 In-Context

1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and let the Lord GOD be a witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.
3 For behold, the LORD is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.
5 All this is for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? And what is the high place of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem?

Cross References 4

  • 1. Micah 3:1, 9; Micah 6:1, 2; See Hosea 5:1
  • 2. See Isaiah 1:2
  • 3. Malachi 3:5
  • 4. Psalms 11:4; Jonah 2:7; Habakkuk 2:20

Footnotes 1

The English Standard Version is published with the permission of Good News Publishers.