Bible: Micah 1

Introduction

1:1 This is the prophetic message that the Lord gave to 1  Micah of Moresheth. He delivered this message 2  during the reigns of 3  Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. The prophecies pertain to 4  Samaria 5  and Jerusalem. 6 

The Judge is Coming

1:2 Listen, all you nations! 7 

Pay attention, all inhabitants of earth! 8 

The sovereign Lord will testify 9  against you;

the Lord will accuse you 10  from his majestic palace. 11 

1:3 Look, 12  the Lord is coming out of his dwelling place!

He will descend and march on the earth’s mountaintops! 13 

1:4 The mountains will disintegrate 14  beneath him,

and the valleys will be split in two. 15 

The mountains will melt 16  like wax in a fire,

the rocks will slide down like water cascading down a steep slope. 17 

1:5 All this is because of Jacob’s rebellion

and 18  the sins of the nation 19  of Israel.

How has Jacob rebelled, you ask? 20 

Samaria epitomizes their rebellion! 21 

Where are Judah’s pagan worship centers, you ask? 22 

They are right in Jerusalem! 23 

1:6I will turn Samaria 24  into a heap of ruins in an open field

vineyards will be planted there! 25 

I will tumble 26  the rubble of her stone walls 27  down into the valley,

and tear down her fortifications to their foundations. 28 

1:7 All her carved idols will be smashed to pieces;

all her metal cult statues will be destroyed by fire. 29 

I will make a waste heap 30  of all her images.

Since 31  she gathered the metal 32  as a prostitute collects her wages,

the idols will become a prostitute’s wages again.” 33 

1:8 For this reason I 34  will mourn and wail;

I will walk around barefoot 35  and without my outer garments. 36 

I will howl 37  like a wild dog, 38 

and screech 39  like an owl. 40 

1:9 For Samaria’s 41  disease 42  is incurable.

It has infected 43  Judah;

it has spread to 44  the leadership 45  of my people

and has even contaminated Jerusalem! 46 

1:10 Don’t spread the news in Gath! 47 

Don’t shed even a single tear! 48 

In Beth Leaphrah sit in the dust! 49 

1:11 Residents 50  of Shaphir, 51  pass by in nakedness and humiliation! 52 

The residents of Zaanan can’t leave their city. 53 

Beth Ezel 54  mourns, 55 

“He takes from you what he desires.” 56 

1:12 Indeed, the residents of Maroth 57  hope for something good to happen, 58 

though the Lord has sent disaster against the city of Jerusalem. 59 

1:13 Residents of Lachish, 60  hitch the horses to the chariots!

You 61  influenced Daughter Zion 62  to sin, 63 

for Israel’s rebellious deeds can be traced back 64  to you!

1:14 Therefore you 65  will have to say farewell 66  to Moresheth Gath.

The residents 67  of Achzib 68  will be as disappointing

as a dried up well 69  to the kings of Israel. 70 

1:15 Residents of Mareshah, 71  a conqueror will attack you, 72 

the leaders of Israel shall flee to Adullam. 73 

1:16 Shave your heads bald as you mourn for the children you love; 74 

shave your foreheads as bald 75  as an eagle, 76 

for they are taken from you into exile.

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