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Micah 1 World English Bible (WEB)

Yahweh’s[a] word that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Hear, you peoples, all of you.
    Listen, O earth, and all that is therein:
and let the Lord[b] Yahweh be witness against you,
    the Lord from his holy temple.
For, behold,[c] Yahweh comes out of his place,
    and will come down and tread on the high places of the earth.
The mountains melt under him,
    and the valleys split apart,
    like wax before the fire,
    like waters that are poured down a steep place.

“All this is for the disobedience of Jacob,
    and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the disobedience of Jacob?
    Isn’t it Samaria?
And what are the high places of Judah?
    Aren’t they Jerusalem?
Therefore I will make Samaria like a rubble heap of the field,
    like places for planting vineyards;
and I will pour down its stones into the valley,
    and I will uncover its foundations.
All her idols will be beaten to pieces,
    and all her temple gifts will be burned with fire,
    and all her images I will destroy;
for of the hire of a prostitute has she gathered them,
    and to the hire of a prostitute shall they return.”

For this I will lament and wail;
    I will go stripped and naked;
    I will howl like the jackals,
    and moan like the daughters of owls.
For her wounds are incurable;
    for it has come even to Judah.
It reaches to the gate of my people,
    even to Jerusalem.
10 Don’t tell it in Gath.
    Don’t weep at all.
    At Beth Ophrah[d] I have rolled myself in the dust.
11 Pass on, inhabitant of Shaphir, in nakedness and shame.
    The inhabitant of Zaanan won’t come out.
    The wailing of Beth Ezel will take from you his protection.
12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waits anxiously for good,
    because evil has come down from Yahweh to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 Harness the chariot to the swift steed, inhabitant of Lachish.
    She was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion;
    For the transgressions of Israel were found in you.
14 Therefore you will give a parting gift to Moresheth Gath.
    The houses of Achzib will be a deceitful thing to the kings of Israel.
15 I will yet bring to you, inhabitant of Mareshah.
    He who is the glory of Israel will come to Adullam.
16 Shave your heads,
    and cut off your hair for the children of your delight.
Enlarge your baldness like the vulture;
    for they have gone into captivity from you!


  1. Micah 1:1 “Yahweh” is God’s proper Name, sometimes rendered “LORD” (all caps) in other translations.
  2. Micah 1:2 The word translated “Lord” is “Adonai.”
  3. Micah 1:3 “Behold”, from “הִנֵּה”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.
  4. Micah 1:10 Beth Ophrah means literally “House of Dust.”
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Micah 1 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Destruction in Israel and Judah

The word of the Lord which came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

Hear, O peoples, all of [a]you;
Listen, O earth and [b]all it contains,
And let the Lord [c]God be a witness against you,
The Lord from His holy temple.
For behold, the Lord is coming forth from His place.
He will come down and tread on the high places of the [d]earth.
The mountains will melt under Him
And the valleys will be split,
Like wax before the fire,
Like water poured down a steep place.
All this is for the rebellion of Jacob
And for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the rebellion of Jacob?
Is it not Samaria?
What is the high [e]place of Judah?
Is it not Jerusalem?
For I will make Samaria a heap of ruins [f]in the open country,
Planting places for a vineyard.
I will pour her stones down into the valley
And will lay bare her foundations.
All of her idols will be smashed,
All of her earnings will be burned with fire
And all of her images I will make desolate,
For she collected them from a harlot’s earnings,
And to the earnings of a harlot they will return.

Because of this I must lament and wail,
I must go barefoot and naked;
I must make a lament like the jackals
And a mourning like the ostriches.
For her [g]wound is incurable,
For it has come to Judah;
It has reached the gate of my people,
Even to Jerusalem.
10 Tell it not in Gath,
Weep not at all.
At [h]Beth-le-aphrah roll yourself in the dust.
11 [i]Go on your way, inhabitant of [j]Shaphir, in shameful nakedness.
The inhabitant of [k]Zaanan does not [l]escape.
The lamentation of [m]Beth-ezel: “He will take from you its [n]support.”
12 For the inhabitant of [o]Maroth
Becomes weak waiting for good,
Because a calamity has come down from the Lord
To the gate of Jerusalem.
13 Harness the chariot to the team of horses,
O inhabitant of Lachish—
She was the beginning of sin
To the daughter of Zion—
Because in you were found
The rebellious acts of Israel.
14 Therefore you will give parting gifts
On behalf of Moresheth-gath;
The houses of Achzib will become a deception
To the kings of Israel.
15 Moreover, I will bring on you
The one who takes possession,
O inhabitant of [p]Mareshah.
The glory of Israel will enter Adullam.
16 Make yourself bald and cut off your hair,
Because of the children of your delight;
Extend your baldness like the eagle,
For they will go from you into exile.


  1. Micah 1:2 Lit them
  2. Micah 1:2 Lit its fullness
  3. Micah 1:2 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord
  4. Micah 1:3 Or land
  5. Micah 1:5 Lit places
  6. Micah 1:6 Lit of the field
  7. Micah 1:9 Lit wounds
  8. Micah 1:10 I.e. house of dust
  9. Micah 1:11 I.e. Go into captivity
  10. Micah 1:11 I.e. pleasantness
  11. Micah 1:11 I.e. going out
  12. Micah 1:11 Lit go out
  13. Micah 1:11 I.e. house of removal
  14. Micah 1:11 Lit standing place
  15. Micah 1:12 I.e. bitterness
  16. Micah 1:15 I.e. possession
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