Micah 1


1:1 This is the prophetic message that the Lord gave to1 Micah of Moresheth. He delivered this message2 during the reigns of3 Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. The prophecies pertain to4 Samaria5 and Jerusalem.6

The Judge is Coming

1:2 Listen, all you nations!7

Pay attention, all inhabitants of earth!8

The sovereign Lord will testify9 against you;

the Lord will accuse you10 from his majestic palace.11

1:3 Look,12 the Lord is coming out of his dwelling place!

He will descend and march on the earth’s mountaintops!13

1:4 The mountains will disintegrate14 beneath him,

and the valleys will be split in two.15

The mountains will melt16 like wax in a fire,

the rocks will slide down like water cascading down a steep slope.17

1:5 All this is because of Jacob’s rebellion

and18 the sins of the nation19 of Israel.

How has Jacob rebelled, you ask?20

Samaria epitomizes their rebellion!21

Where are Judah’s pagan worship centers, you ask?22

They are right in Jerusalem!23

1:6 “I will turn Samaria24 into a heap of ruins in an open field –

vineyards will be planted there!25

I will tumble26 the rubble of her stone walls27 down into the valley,

and tear down her fortifications to their foundations.28

1:7 All her carved idols will be smashed to pieces;

all her metal cult statues will be destroyed by fire.29

I will make a waste heap30 of all her images.

Since31 she gathered the metal32 as a prostitute collects her wages,

the idols will become a prostitute’s wages again.”33

1:8 For this reason I34 will mourn and wail;

I will walk around barefoot35 and without my outer garments.36

I will howl37 like a wild dog,38

and screech39 like an owl.40

1:9 For Samaria’s41 disease42 is incurable.

It has infected43 Judah;

it has spread to44 the leadership45 of my people

and has even contaminated Jerusalem!46

1:10 Don’t spread the news in Gath!47

Don’t shed even a single tear!48

In Beth Leaphrah sit in the dust!49

1:11 Residents50 of Shaphir,51 pass by in nakedness and humiliation!52

The residents of Zaanan can’t leave their city.53

Beth Ezel54 mourns,55

“He takes from you what he desires.”56

1:12 Indeed, the residents of Maroth57 hope for something good to happen,58

though the Lord has sent disaster against the city of Jerusalem.59

1:13 Residents of Lachish,60 hitch the horses to the chariots!

You61 influenced Daughter Zion62 to sin,63

for Israel’s rebellious deeds can be traced back64 to you!

1:14 Therefore you65 will have to say farewell66 to Moresheth Gath.

The residents67 of Achzib68 will be as disappointing

as a dried up well69 to the kings of Israel.70

1:15 Residents of Mareshah,71 a conqueror will attack you,72

the leaders of Israel shall flee to Adullam.73

1:16 Shave your heads bald as you mourn for the children you love;74

shave your foreheads as bald75 as an eagle,76

for they are taken from you into exile.

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