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Judgment to Come
1 This is the word of the LORD that came to Micah the Moreshite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah—what he saw regarding Samaria and Jerusalem:
2 Hear, O peoples, all of you;
listen, O earth, and everyone in it!
May the Lord GOD bear witness against you,
the Lord from His holy temple.
3 For behold, the LORD comes forth
from His dwelling place;
He will come down and tread
on the high places of the earth.
4 The mountains will melt beneath Him,
and the valleys will split apart,
like wax before the fire,
like water rushing down a slope.
5 All this is for the transgression of Jacob
and the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not Samaria?
And what is the high place of Judah?
Is it not Jerusalem?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria
a heap of rubble in the open field,
a planting area for a vineyard.
I will pour her stones into the valley
and expose her foundations.
7 All her carved images will be smashed to pieces;
all her wages will be burned in the fire,
and I will destroy all her idols.
Since she collected the wages of a prostitute,
they will be used again on a prostitute.
Weeping and Mourning
8 Because of this I will lament and wail;
I will walk barefoot and naked.
I will howl like a jackal a
and mourn like an ostrich. b
9 For her wound is incurable;
it has reached even Judah;
it has approached the gate of my people,
as far as Jerusalem itself.
10 Do not tell it in Gath; c do not weep at all.
Roll in the dust in Beth-leaphrah. d
11 Depart in shameful nakedness,
O dwellers of Shaphir. e
The dwellers of Zaanan f
will not come out.
Beth-ezel g is in mourning;
its support is taken from you.
12 For the dwellers of Maroth h pined for good,
but calamity came down from the LORD,
even to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 Harness your chariot horses,
O dweller of Lachish. i
You were the beginning of sin to the Daughter of Zion,
for the transgressions of Israel were found in you.
14 Therefore, send farewell gifts j to Moresheth-gath; k
the houses of Achzib l will prove deceptive
to the kings of Israel.
15 I will again bring a conqueror against you,
O dweller of Mareshah. m
The glory of Israel will come to Adullam.
16 Shave yourselves bald and cut off your hair
in mourning for your precious children;
make yourselves as bald as an eagle,
for they will go from you into exile.
8 a Or a serpent or a dragon
8 b Literally like daughters of an ostrich or like daughters of an owl
10 c Gath sounds like the Hebrew for tell .
10 d Beth-leaphrah means house of dust .
11 e Shaphir means pleasant .
11 f Zaanan sounds like the Hebrew for come out .
11 g Beth-ezel means adjoining house .
12 h Maroth sounds like the Hebrew for bitter .
13 i Lachish sounds like the Hebrew term for team of horses .
14 j Or give dowry
14 k Moresheth sounds like the Hebrew for gift or dowry .
14 l Achzib means deception .
15 m Mareshah sounds like the Hebrew for conqueror .