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Samaria and Israel to Be Punished

During the time that Jotham [C ruled 758–743 bc], Ahaz [C ruled 743–727 bc], and Hezekiah [C ruled 727–698 bc] were kings of Judah, the word of the Lord came to Micah, who was from Moresheth [C a town in southern Judah]. He saw these visions about Samaria and Jerusalem.

Hear this, all you ·nations [peoples];
    listen, earth and all you who live on it.
The Lord God will ·be a witness [bring charges] against you,
    the Lord from his Holy Temple.
See, the Lord is coming out of his place;
    he is coming down to ·walk on [tread upon] the ·tops of the mountains [heights of the earth].
The mountains will melt under him,
    and the valleys will ·crack open [split apart],
like wax near a fire,
    like water running down a hillside.
All this is because of Jacob’s ·sin [rebellion; transgression],
    because of the sins of the ·nation [L house] of Israel.
What is ·the place of Jacob’s sin [L Jacob’s trangression]?
    Isn’t it Samaria [C the capital of the northern empire]?
What is Judah’s ·place of idol worship [L high place; C a pagan worship site]?
    Isn’t it Jerusalem [C Judah’s sin made the temple in Jerusalem no better than a pagan temple]?

The Lord Speaks

“So I will make Samaria a ·pile [heap] of ruins in the open country,
    a place for planting vineyards.
I will pour her stones down into the valley
    and ·strip her down to [lay bare; uncover] her foundations.
All her ·idols [carved images] will be broken into pieces;
    all the ·gifts to her idols [L prostitute’s wages] will be burned with fire.
    I will ·destroy [make desolate] all her idols,
and because Samaria ·earned her money [or gathered these things] by ·being unfaithful to me [prostituting herself],
    ·this money will be carried off by others who are not faithful to me [L to the pay of the prostitute they will return; C Samaria’s wealth earned through idolatry would now go to the pagan temples of Assyria—one prostitute’s wages going to another].”

Micah’s Great Sadness

I will ·moan and cry [mourn and wail] because of this evil,
    going around barefoot and naked.
I will ·cry loudly [wail] like ·the wild dogs [jackals]
    and ·make sad sounds [moan] like the ·owls [or ostriches] do,
because Samaria’s wound ·cannot be healed [is incurable].
    It ·will spread [or has spread] to Judah;
it ·will reach [or has reached] the city gate of my people [C where the city’s affairs were conducted],
    all the way to Jerusalem.
10 Don’t tell it in Gath [C sounds like Hebrew for “tell”; Gath and the cities in this list were in Assyria’s path of destruction in 701 bc].
    Don’t cry ·in Acco [or at all; C the Hebrew for “cry” sounds like Acco].
Roll in the dust
    at Beth Ophrah [C “house of dust”].
11 Pass on your way, naked and ashamed,
    you who live in Shaphir [C “beautiful” or “pleasant”].
Those who live in Zaanan [C sounds like Hebrew for “come out”]
    won’t come out.
The people in Beth Ezel [C “house of nearness”] ·will cry [are in mourning],
    but they will not give you any support.
12 Those who live in Maroth [C sounds like Hebrew for “sad” or “miserable”]
    ·will be anxious [hope] for good news to come,
because ·trouble [disaster] ·will [or has] come from the Lord,
    all the way to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 You people living in Lachish [C a large town in Judah; Lachish sounds like the Hebrew for “horse” or “steed”],
    harness the fastest ·horses [steeds] to the chariot.
·Jerusalem’s [L Daughter of Zion’s; C the location of the Temple] sins ·started in [began with] you;
    yes, Israel’s ·sins [transgressions; rebellion] were found in you.
14 So you must give ·farewell gifts [a dowry]
    to Moresheth in Gath.
The houses in Aczib [C “deception”] ·will be false help
    to [or have deceived/betrayed] the kings of Israel.
15 I will bring against you people who will ·take [possess; conquer] your land,
    you who live in Mareshah [C sounds like Hebrew for “conqueror”].
The ·glory [or nobles; leaders] of Israel
    will go in to Adullam [C perhaps to hide in its caves].
16 ·Cut off your hair [Shave your head; Make yourself bald; C a sign of mourning or sadness]
    for the children ·you love [in whom you delight].
Make yourself bald like the eagle,
    because your children will be taken away ·to a foreign land [in exile/captivity].

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