1 1 The destruction of Judah and Jerusalem because of the idolatry.
1 The word of the Lord, that came unto Micah the [a]Moreshite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria, and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, [b]all ye people: hearken thou, O earth, and all that therein is, and let the Lord God be witness against you, even the Lord from his holy Temple.
3 For behold, the Lord cometh out of his place, and will come [c]down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountains shall melt under him (so shall the valleys cleave) as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured downward.
5 For the wickedness of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel: what is the wickedness of Jacob? Is not [d]Samaria? and which are the high [e]places of Judah? Is not Jerusalem?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and for the planting of a vineyard, and I will cause the stones thereof to tumble down into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.
7 And all the graven images thereof shall be broken, and all the [f]gifts thereof shall be burnt with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I destroy: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return [g]to the wages of an harlot.
8 Therefore I will mourn and howl: I will go without clothes, and naked: I will make lamentation like the dragons, and mourning as the ostriches.
9 For her plagues are grievous: for it is come into Judah: the enemy is come unto the gate of my people, unto Jerusalem.
10 Declare ye it not at [h]Gath, neither weep ye: for the house of [i]Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.
11 Thou that dwellest at [j]Shaphir, go together naked with shame: she that dwelleth at Zaanan, shall not come forth in the mourning of Beth Ezel: the enemy shall [k]receive of you for his standing.
12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited for good, but evil came from the Lord unto the [l]gate of Jerusalem.
13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the beasts[m]of price: she [n]is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.
14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moresheth [o]Gath: the houses of Achzib shall be as a lie to the kings of Israel.
15 Yet will I bring an [p]heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah, he shall come unto Adullam, [q]the glory of Israel.
16 Make thee bald: and shave thee for thy delicate children: enlarge thy baldness as the eagle, for they are gone into captivity from thee.
Micah 1:2Because of the malice and obstinacy of the people, whom he had so oft exhorted to repentance, he summoneth them to God’s judgments, taking all creatures, and God himself to witness, that the preaching of his Prophets, which they have abused, shall be revenged.
Micah 1:3Meaning hereby, that God will come to judgment against the strong cities and holds.
Micah 1:5Samaria, which should have been an example to all Israel of true religion and justice, was the puddle, and stews of all idolatry and corruption, and boasted themselves of their father Jacob.
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