1:1 AND the word of the Lord came to Michaeas the son of Morasthi, in
the days of Joatham, and Achaz, and Ezekias, kings of Juda, concerning
what he saw regarding Samaria and Jerusalem.
1:2 Hear [these] words, ye people; and let the earth give heed, and all
that are in it: and the Lord God shall be among you for a testimony, the
Lord out of his holy habitation.
1:3 For, behold, the Lord comes forth out of his place, and will come
down, and will go upon the high places of the earth.
1:4 And the mountains shall be shaken under him, and the valleys shall
melt like wax before the fire, and as water rushing down a declivity.
1:5 All these [calamities are] for the transgression of Jacob, and for
the sin of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? [is
it] not Samaria? and what is the sin of the house of Juda? [is it] not
1:6 Therefore I will make Samaria [as] a store-house of the fruits of
the field, and [as] a planting of a vineyard: and I will utterly
demolish her stones, and I will expose her foundations.
1:7 And they shall cut in pieces all the graven images, and all that she
has hired they shall burn with fire, and I will utterly destroy all her
idols: because she has gathered of the hires of fornication, and of the
hires of fornication has she amassed [wealth].
1:8 Therefore shall she lament and wail, she shall go barefooted, and
[being] naked she shall make lamentation as [that] of serpents, and
mourning as of the daughters of sirens.
1:9 For her plague has become grievous; for it has come even to Juda;
and has reached to the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
1:10 Ye that are in Geth, exalt not yourselves, and ye Enakim, do not
rebuild from [the ruins of] the house in derision: sprinkle dust [in the
place of] your laughter.
1:11 The inhabitant of Sennaar, fairly inhabiting her cities, came not
forth to mourn for the house next to her: she shall receive of you the
stroke of grief.
1:12 Who has begun [to act] for good to her that dwells in sorrow? for
calamities have come down from the Lord upon the gates of Jerusalem,
1:13 [even] a sound of chariots and horsemen: the inhabitants of Lachis,
she is the leader of sin to the daughter of Sion: for in thee were found
the transgressions of Israel.
1:14 Therefore shall he cause men to be sent forth as far as the
inheritance of Geth, [even] vain houses; they are become vanity to the
kings of Israel;
1:15 until they bring the heirs, O inhabitant of Lachis: the inheritance
shall reach to Odollam, [even] the glory of the daughter of Israel.
1:16 Shave thine hair, and make thyself bald for thy delicate children;
increase thy widowhood as an eagle; for [thy people] are gone into
captivity from thee.
1:1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the
days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw
concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
1:2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and
let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the LORD from his holy temple.
1:3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come
down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
1:4 And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall
be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down
a steep place.
1:5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the
house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria?
and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?
1:6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as
plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into
the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.
1:7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all
the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols
thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an
harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.
1:8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will
make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.
1:9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come
unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
1:10 Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of
Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.
1:11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked:
the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he
shall receive of you his standing.
1:12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil
came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.
1:13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast:
she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the
transgressions of Israel were found in thee.
1:14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of
Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.
1:15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he
shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.
1:16 Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge
thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.