The word of the Lord that came to Micah (A)of Moresheth (B)in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw (C)concerning (D)Samaria and Jerusalem.

The Coming Destruction

(E)Hear, you peoples, all of you;[a]
    (F)pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it,
and (G)let the Lord God be a witness against you,
    (H)the Lord from his holy temple.
For behold, (I)the Lord is coming out of (J)his place,
    and will come down and (K)tread upon the high places of the earth.
And (L)the mountains will melt under him,
    and the valleys will split open,
like wax before the fire,
    like waters poured down a steep place.
All this is for (M)the transgression of Jacob
    and for the sins of the house of Israel.
(N)What is the transgression of Jacob?
    Is it not (O)Samaria?
And what is (P)the high place of Judah?
    Is it not Jerusalem?
Therefore I will make (Q)Samaria (R)a heap in the open country,
    a place for planting vineyards,
and I will pour down her stones (S)into the valley
    and (T)uncover her foundations.
All (U)her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
    (V)all her wages shall be burned with fire,
    and all her idols I will lay waste,
for from (W)the fee of a prostitute she gathered them,
    and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.

(X)For this I will lament and wail;
    I will go (Y)stripped and naked;
I will make lamentation (Z)like the jackals,
    and mourning (AA)like the ostriches.
(AB)For her wound is incurable,
    and it has come to Judah;
it has reached to the gate of my people,
    to Jerusalem.

10 (AC)Tell it not in (AD)Gath;
    weep not at all;
in Beth-le-aphrah
    (AE)roll yourselves in the dust.
11 Pass on your way,
    inhabitants of Shaphir,
    (AF)in nakedness and shame;
the inhabitants of Zaanan
    do not come out;
the lamentation of Beth-ezel
    shall take away from you its standing place.
12 For the inhabitants of Maroth
    wait anxiously for good,
because disaster has come down (AG)from the Lord
    to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 Harness the steeds to the chariots,
    inhabitants of (AH)Lachish;
it was the beginning of sin
    to the daughter of Zion,
for in you were found
    (AI)the transgressions of Israel.
14 Therefore you shall give parting gifts[b]
    to (AJ)Moresheth-gath;
the houses of (AK)Achzib shall be a deceitful thing
    to the kings of Israel.
15 I will again bring (AL)a conqueror to you,
    inhabitants of (AM)Mareshah;
the glory of Israel
    shall come to (AN)Adullam.
16 (AO)Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair,
    for the children of your delight;
(AP)make yourselves as bald as the eagle,
    for they shall go from you into exile.

Woe to the Oppressors

(AQ)Woe to those who devise wickedness
    and work evil (AR)on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it,
    because it is in the power of their hand.
They covet fields and (AS)seize them,
    and houses, and take them away;
they oppress a man and his house,
    a man and his inheritance.
Therefore thus says the Lord:
behold, against (AT)this family I am devising disaster,[c]
    from which you cannot remove your necks,
and you (AU)shall not walk haughtily,
    (AV)for it will be a time of disaster.
In that day (AW)they shall take up a taunt song against you
    and moan bitterly,
and say, “We are utterly ruined;
    (AX)he changes the portion of my people;
(AY)how he removes it from me!
    (AZ)To an apostate he allots our fields.”
Therefore you will have none (BA)to cast the line by lot
    in the assembly of the Lord.

(BB)“Do not preach”—thus they preach—
    (BC)“one should not preach of such things;
    (BD)disgrace will not overtake us.”
Should this be said, O house of Jacob?
    (BE)Has the Lord grown impatient?[d]
    Are these his deeds?
Do not my words do good
    to him who walks uprightly?
But lately (BF)my people have risen up as an enemy;
you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly
    with no thought of war.[e]
The women of my people you drive out
    from their delightful houses;
from their young children you take away
    my splendor forever.
10 (BG)Arise and go,
    for this is no (BH)place to rest,
because of (BI)uncleanness that destroys
    with a grievous destruction.
11 If a man should go about and (BJ)utter wind and lies,
    saying, “I will preach to you (BK)of wine and strong drink,”
    he would be the preacher for this people!
12 I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob;
    (BL)I will gather (BM)the remnant of Israel;
I will set them together
    like sheep in a fold,
(BN)like a flock in its pasture,
    a noisy multitude of men.
13 (BO)He who opens the breach goes up before them;
    they break through and pass the gate,
    (BP)going out by it.
Their king passes on before them,
    (BQ)the Lord at their head.

Rulers and Prophets Denounced

And I said:
(BR)Hear, you heads of Jacob
    and rulers of the house of Israel!
(BS)Is it not for you to know justice?—
    you (BT)who hate the good and love the evil,
(BU)who tear the skin from off my people[f]
    and their flesh from off their bones,
(BV)who eat the flesh of my people,
    and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones in pieces
    and chop them up like meat in a pot,
    like flesh in a cauldron.

(BW)Then they will cry to the Lord,
    but he will not answer them;
(BX)he will hide his face from them at that time,
    because they have made their deeds evil.

Thus says the Lord concerning (BY)the prophets
    who lead my people astray,
(BZ)who cry “Peace”
    when they have something to eat,
but declare war against him
    who puts nothing into their mouths.
Therefore (CA)it shall be night to you, without vision,
    and darkness to you, without divination.
(CB)The sun shall go down on the prophets,
    and the day shall be black over them;
(CC)the seers shall be disgraced,
    and the diviners put to shame;
(CD)they shall all cover their lips,
    for (CE)there is no answer from God.
But as for me, (CF)I am filled with power,
    with the Spirit of the Lord,
    and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob (CG)his transgression
    and to Israel his sin.

(CH)Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob
    and rulers of the house of Israel,
(CI)who detest justice
    and make crooked all that is straight,
10 (CJ)who build Zion with blood
    and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11 (CK)Its heads give judgment for a bribe;
    (CL)its priests teach for a price;
    (CM)its prophets practice divination for money;
(CN)yet they lean on the Lord and (CO)say,
    “Is not the Lord in the midst of us?
    (CP)No disaster shall come upon us.”
12 Therefore because of you
    (CQ)Zion shall be plowed as a field;
Jerusalem (CR)shall become a heap of ruins,
    and (CS)the mountain of the house (CT)a wooded height.

The Mountain of the Lord

It shall come to pass (CU)in the latter days
    that the mountain of the house of the Lord
shall be established as the highest of the mountains,
    and it shall be lifted up above the hills;
and peoples shall flow to it,
    and many nations shall come, and say:
“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
    to the house of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways
    and that we may walk in his paths.”
For out of Zion shall go forth the law,[g]
    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
He shall judge between many peoples,
    and shall decide disputes for strong nations far away;
and they shall (CV)beat their swords into plowshares,
    and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation shall not lift up sword against nation,
    neither shall they learn war anymore;
(CW)but they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree,
    (CX)and no one shall make them afraid,
    (CY)for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken.
For (CZ)all the peoples walk
    each in the name of its god,
but (DA)we will walk in the name of the Lord our God
    forever and ever.

The Lord Shall Rescue Zion

(DB)In that day, declares the Lord,
    (DC)I will assemble the (DD)lame
and gather those who have been driven away
    and those whom I have afflicted;
and the lame I will make (DE)the remnant,
    and those who were cast off, a strong nation;
and (DF)the Lord will reign over them (DG)in Mount Zion
    from this time forth and forevermore.

And you, O tower of the flock,
    hill of the daughter of Zion,
to you shall it come,
    the former dominion shall come,
    kingship for the daughter of Jerusalem.

Now why do you cry aloud?
    (DH)Is there no king in you?
(DI)Has your counselor perished,
    that (DJ)pain seized you like a woman in labor?
10 (DK)Writhe and groan,[h] O daughter of Zion,
    like a woman in labor,
for (DL)now you shall go out from the city
    and dwell in the open country;
    you (DM)shall go to Babylon.
There you shall be rescued;
    (DN)there the Lord will redeem you
    from the hand of your enemies.

11 Now (DO)many nations
    are assembled against you,
saying, “Let her be defiled,
    and (DP)let our eyes gaze upon Zion.”
12 But (DQ)they do not know
    the thoughts of the Lord;
they do not understand his plan,
    that (DR)he has gathered them as sheaves to the threshing floor.
13 Arise and thresh,
    O daughter of Zion,
for I will make your horn iron,
    and I will make your hoofs bronze;
you shall beat in pieces many peoples;
    and (DS)shall devote[i] (DT)their gain to the Lord,
    their wealth to (DU)the Lord of the whole earth.

Footnotes

  1. Micah 1:2 Hebrew all of them
  2. Micah 1:14 Or give dowry
  3. Micah 2:3 The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context
  4. Micah 2:7 Hebrew Has the spirit of the Lord grown short?
  5. Micah 2:8 Or returning from war
  6. Micah 3:2 Hebrew from off them
  7. Micah 4:2 Or teaching
  8. Micah 4:10 Or push
  9. Micah 4:13 Hebrew devote to destruction