1,1The word of the L-rd that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of
Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning
Samaria and Jerusalem.
1,2Hear, you peoples, all
Listen, O earth, and all that is therein;
and let the L-rd G-d be witness against you,
the L-rd from His holy temple.
1,3For, behold, the L-rd
comes forth out of His place,
and will come down and tread on the high places of the earth.
1,4The mountains melt
and the valleys split apart,
like wax before the fire,
like waters that are poured down a steep place.
1,5All 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?
What are the high places of Judah?
Aren't they Jerusalem?
1,6Therefore 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.
1,7All 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.
1,8For this I will lament
I will go stripped and naked;
I will howl like the jackals,
and moan like the daughters of owls.
1,9For her wounds are
for it has come even to Judah.
It reaches to the gate of my people,
even to Jerusalem.
1,10Don't tell it in
Don't weep at all.
At Beth Ophrah I have rolled myself in the dust.
1,11Pass 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.
1,12For the inhabitant of
Maroth waits anxiously for good,
because evil has come down from the L-rd to the gate of Jerusalem.
1,13Harness 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.
1,14Therefore you will
give a parting gift to Moresheth Gath.
The houses of Achzib will be a deceitful thing to the kings of Israel.
1,15I will yet bring to
you, inhabitant of Mareshah.
He who is the glory of Israel will come to Adullam.
1,16Shave 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!
2,1Woe to those who
and work evil on their beds!
When the morning is light, they practice it,
because it is in the power of their hand.
2,2They covet fields, and
and houses, and take them away;
and they oppress a man and his house,
even a man and his heritage.
2,3Therefore thus says
Behold, I am planning against these people a disaster,
from which you will not remove your necks,
neither will you walk haughtily;
for it is an evil time.
2,4In that day they will
take up a parable against you,
and lament with a doleful lamentation, saying,
'We are utterly ruined!
My people's possession is divided up.
Indeed He takes it from me and assigns our fields to traitors!'
2,5Therefore you will
have no one who divides the land by lot in the assembly of the L-rd.
Don't prophesy about these things.
Disgrace won't overtake us.
2,7Shall it be said, O
house of Jacob;
Is the Spirit of the L-rd angry?
Are these His doings?
Don't my words do good to him who walks blamelessly?
2,8But lately my people
have risen up as an enemy.
You strip the robe and clothing from those who pass by without a care,
returning from battle.
2,9You drive the women of
my people out from their pleasant houses;
from their young children you take away my blessing forever.
2,10Arise, and depart!
For this is not your resting place,
because of uncleanness that destroys,
even with a grievous destruction.
2,11If a man walking in a
spirit of falsehood lies;
"I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink;"
he would be the prophet of this people.
2,12I will surely
assemble, Jacob, all of you;
I will surely gather the remnant of Israel;
I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah,
as a flock in the midst of their pasture;
they will swarm with people.
2,13He who breaks open
the way goes up before them.
They break through the gate, and go out.
And their king passes on before them,
with the L-rd at their head.
Please listen, you heads of Jacob,
and rulers of the house of Israel;
Isn't it for you to know justice?
3,2You who hate the good,
and love the evil;
who tear off their skin,
and their flesh from off their bones;
3,3who also eat the flesh
of my people,
and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones,
and chop them in pieces, as for the pot,
and as flesh within the caldron.
3,4Then they will cry to
but he will not answer them.
He will hide his face from them at that time,
because they made their deeds evil.
3,5Thus says the L-rd
concerning the prophets who lead my people astray; for those who feed
their teeth, they proclaim, Peace! and whoever doesn't provide for
their mouths, they prepare war against him;
3,6Therefore night is
over you, with no vision,
and it is dark to you, that you may not divine;
and the sun will go down on the prophets,
and the day will be black over them.
3,7The seers shall be
and the diviners confounded.
They shall all cover their lips;
for there is no answer from G-d.
3,8But as for me, I am
full of power by the Spirit of the L-rd,
and of judgment, and of might,
to declare to Jacob his disobedience,
and to Israel his sin.
3,9Please listen to this,
you heads of the house of Jacob,
and rulers of the house of Israel,
who abhor justice,
and pervert all equity.
3,10They build up Zion
and Jerusalem with iniquity.
3,11Her leaders judge for
and her priests teach for a price,
and her prophets of it tell fortunes for money;
yet they lean on the L-rd, and say,
Isn't the L-rd in the midst of us?
Therefore no disaster will come on us.
3,12Therefore Zion for
your sake will be plowed like a field,
and Jerusalem will become heaps of rubble,
and the mountain of the temple like the high places of a forest.
4,1But in the latter days,
it will happen that the mountain of the L-rd's temple will be
established on the top of the mountains,
and it will be exalted above the hills;
and peoples will stream to it.
4,2Many nations will go
Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the L-rd,
and to the house of the G-d of Jacob;
and He will teach us of His ways,
and we will walk in His paths."
For out of Zion will go forth the law,
and the word of the L-rd from Jerusalem;
4,3and He will judge
between many peoples,
and will decide concerning strong nations afar off.
They will beat their swords into plowshares,
and their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not lift up sword against nation,
neither will they learn war any more.
4,4But they will sit
every man under his vine and under his fig tree;
and no one will make them afraid;
For the mouth of the L-rd of Hosts has spoken.
4,5Indeed all the nations may walk in
the name of their gods;
but we will walk in the name of the L-rd our G-d forever and ever.
4,6In that day,
says the L-rd,
I will assemble that which is lame,
and I will gather that which is driven away,
and that which I have afflicted;
4,7and I will make that
which was lame a remnant,
and that which was cast far off a strong nation;
and the L-rd will reign over them on Mount Zion from then on, even
4,8You, tower of the
flock, the hill of the daughter of Zion,
to you it will come,
yes, the former dominion will come,
the kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.
4,9Now why do you cry out
Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished,
that pains have taken hold of you as of a woman in travail?
4,10Be in pain, and labor
to bring forth, daughter of Zion,
like a woman in travail;
for now you will go forth out of the city,
and will dwell in the field,
and will come even to Babylon.
There you will be rescued.
There the L-rd will redeem you from the hand of your enemies.
4,11Now many nations have
assembled against you, that say,
"Let her be defiled,
and let our eye gloat over Zion."
4,12But they don't know
the thoughts of the L-rd,
neither do they understand his counsel;
for he has gathered them like the sheaves to the threshing floor.
4,13Arise and thresh,
daughter of Zion;
for I will make your horn iron,
and I will make your hoofs brass;
and you will beat in pieces many peoples;
and I will devote their gain to the L-rd,
and their substance to the L-rd of the whole earth.
5,1Now you shall gather
yourself in troops,
daughter of troops.
They will strike the judge of Israel with a rod on the cheek.
5,2But you, Bethlehem
being small among the clans of Judah,
out of you one will come forth to me that is to be ruler in Israel;
whose goings forth are from of old, from everlasting.
5,3Therefore he will
abandon them until the time that she who is in labor gives birth.
Then the rest of his brothers will return to the children of Israel.
5,4He shall stand, and
shall shepherd in the strength of the L-rd,
in the majesty of the name of the L-rd his G-d;
and they will live, for then he will be great to the ends of the earth.
5,5He will be our peace
when Assyria invades our land,
and when he marches through our fortresses,
then we will raise against him seven shepherds,
and eight leaders of men.
5,6They will rule the
land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of Nimrod in its gates.
He will deliver us from the Assyrian,
when he invades our land,
and when he marches within our border.
5,7The remnant of Jacob
will be in the midst of many peoples,
like dew from the L-rd,
like showers on the grass,
that don't wait for man,
nor wait for the sons of men.
5,8The remnant of Jacob
will be among the nations,
in the midst of many peoples,
like a lion among the animals of the forest,
like a young lion among the flocks of sheep;
who, if he goes through, treads down and tears in pieces,
and there is no one to deliver.
5,9Let your hand be
lifted up above your adversaries,
and let all of your enemies be cut off.
5,10It will happen in
that day," says the L-rd,
"That I will cut off your horses out of the midst of you,
and will destroy your chariots.
5,11I will cut off the
cities of your land,
and will tear down all your strongholds.
5,12I will destroy
witchcraft from your hand;
and you shall have no soothsayers.
5,13I will cut off your
engraved images and your pillars out of your midst;
and you shall no more worship the work of your hands.
5,14I will uproot your
Asherim out of your midst;
and I will destroy your cities.
5,15I will execute
vengeance in anger,
and wrath on the nations that didn't listen.
6,1Listen now to what
the L-rd says;
Arise, plead your case before the mountains,
and let the hills hear what you have to say.
6,2Hear, you mountains,
the L-rd's controversy,
and you enduring foundations of the earth;
for the L-rd has a controversy with his people,
and he will contend with Israel.
6,3My people, what have I
done to you?
How have I burdened you?
6,4For I brought you up
out of the land of Egypt,
and redeemed you out of the house of bondage.
I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
6,5My people, remember
now what Balak king of Moab devised,
and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim to Gilgal,
that you may know the righteous acts of the L-rd.
6,6How shall I come
before the L-rd,
and bow myself before the exalted G-d?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings,
with calves a year old?
6,7Will the L-rd be pleased
with thousands of rams?
With tens of thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn for my disobedience?
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
6,8He has shown you, O
man, what is good.
What does the L-rd require of you, but to act justly,
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your G-d?
6,9The L-rd's voice calls
to the city,
and wisdom sees your name;
Listen to the rod,
and he who appointed it.
6,10Are there yet
treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked,
and a short ephah that is accursed?
6,11Shall I be pure with
and with a bag of deceitful weights?
6,12Her rich men are full
her inhabitants speak lies,
and their tongue is deceitful in their speech.
6,13Therefore I also have
struck you with a grievous wound.
I have made you desolate because of your sins.
6,14You shall eat, but
not be satisfied.
Your humiliation will be in your midst.
You will store up, but not save;
and that which you save I will give up to the sword.
6,15You will sow, but
You will tread the olives, but won't anoint yourself with oil;
and crush grapes, but won't drink the wine.
6,16For the statutes of
Omri are kept,
and all the works of the house of Ahab.
You walk in their counsels,
that I may make you a ruin,
and her inhabitants a hissing;
And you will bear the reproach of my people.
7,1Misery is mine!
Indeed, I am like one who gathers the summer fruits, as gleanings of
There is no cluster of grapes to eat.
My soul desires to eat the early fig.
7,2The godly man has
perished out of the earth,
and there is no one upright among men.
They all lie in wait for blood;
every man hunts his brother with a net.
7,3Their hands are on
that which is evil to do it diligently.
The ruler and judge ask for a bribe;
and the powerful man dictates the evil desire of his soul.
Thus they conspire together.
7,4The best of them is
like a brier.
The most upright is worse than a thorn hedge.
The day of your watchmen,
even your visitation, has come;
now is the time of their confusion.
7,5Don't trust in a
Don't put confidence in a friend.
With the woman lying in your embrace,
be careful of the words of your mouth!
7,6For the son dishonors
the daughter rises up against her mother,
the daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law;
a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7,7But as for me, I will
look to the L-rd.
I will wait for the G-d of my salvation.
My G-d will hear me.
against me, my enemy.
When I fall, I will arise.
When I sit in darkness, the L-rd will be a light to me.
7,9I will bear the
indignation of the L-rd,
because I have sinned against Him,
until He pleads my case, and executes judgment for me.
He will bring me forth to the light.
I will see His righteousness.
7,10Then my enemy will
and shame will cover her who said to me,
where is the L-rd your G-d?
Then my enemy will see me and will cover her shame.
Now she will be trodden down like the mire of the streets.
7,11A day to build your
In that day, He will extend your boundary.
7,12In that day they will
come to you from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
and from Egypt even to the River,
and from sea to sea,
and mountain to mountain.
7,13Yet the land will be
desolate because of those who dwell therein,
for the fruit of their doings.
7,14Shepherd your people
with your staff,
the flock of your heritage,
who dwell by themselves in a forest,
in the midst of fertile pasture land, let them feed;
in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
7,15As in the days of
your coming forth out of the land of Egypt,
I will show them marvelous things.
7,16The nations will see
and be ashamed of all their might.
They will lay their hand on their mouth.
Their ears will be deaf.
7,17They will lick the
dust like a serpent.
Like crawling things of the earth they shall come trembling out of
They will come with fear to the L-rd our G-d,
and will be afraid because of you.
7,18Who is a G-d like
you, who pardons iniquity,
and passes over the disobedience of the remnant of his heritage?
He doesn't retain his anger forever,
because he delights in loving kindness.
7,19He will again have
compassion on us.
He will tread our iniquities under foot;
and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
7,20You will give truth
and mercy to Abraham,
as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.