Micah 1 New American Standard Bible

A Lament for Samaria and Jerusalem

1 1  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 . 2  Hear , O peoples , all of [1]you; Listen , O earth and [2]all it contains , And let the Lord [3]GOD be a witness against you, The Lord from His holy temple . 3  For behold , the Lord is coming forth from His place . He will come down and tread on the high places of the [4]earth . 4  The mountains will melt under Him And the valleys will be split , Like wax before e the fire , Like water poured down a steep place . 5  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 [5]place of Judah ? Is it not Jerusalem ? 6  For I will make Samaria a heap of ruins [6]in the open country , Planting places for a vineyard . I will pour her stones down into the valley And will lay bare her foundations . 7  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 .

8  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 . 9  For her [7] 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 [8]Beth-le-aphrah roll yourself in the dust . 11  [9]Go on your way , inhabitant of [10]Shaphir , in shameful nakedness . The inhabitant of [11] Zaanan does not [12]escape . The lamentation of [13]Beth-ezel : "He will take from you its [14]support ." 12  For the inhabitant of [15]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 [16] 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] 1:2 Lit "them"

[2] 1:2 Lit "its fullness"

[3] 1:2 Heb "YHWH," usually rendered Lord

[4] 1:3 Or "land"

[5] 1:5 Lit "places"

[6] 1:6 Lit "of the field"

[7] 1:9 Lit "wounds"

[8] 1:10 I.e. house of dust

[9] 1:11 I.e. Go into captivity

[10] 1:11 I.e. pleasantness

[11] 1:11 I.e. going out

[12] 1:11 Lit "go out"

[13] 1:11 I.e. house of removal

[14] 1:11 Lit "standing place"

[15] 1:12 I.e. bitterness

[16] 1:15 I.e. possession

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