Micah 1< PreviousNext >
1 Yehowah’s*“Yehowah” is Elohim’s proper Name, sometimes rendered “Yehowah” (all caps) in other translations. word that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiyah, kings of Yehudah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Yeruwshalaim.
2 Hear, you peoples, all of you.
Listen, O earth, and all that is therein:
and let the Master†The word translated “Master” is “Adonai.” Yehowah be witness against you,
the Master from his holy temple.
3 For, behold,‡“Behold”, from “הִנֵּה”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection. Yehowah comes out of his place,
and will come down and tread on the high places of the earth.
4 The mountains melt under him,
and the valleys split apart,
like wax before the fire,
like waters that are poured down a steep place.
5 “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 Yehudah?
Aren’t they Yeruwshalaim?
6 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.
7 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.”
8 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.
9 For her wounds are incurable;
for it has come even to Yehudah.
It reaches to the gate of my people,
even to Yeruwshalaim.
10 Don’t tell it in Gath.
Don’t weep at all.
At Beth Ophrah§Beth Ophrah means literally “House of Dust.” 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 Yehowah to the gate of Yeruwshalaim.
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!
*1:1: “Yehowah” is Elohim’s proper Name, sometimes rendered “Yehowah” (all caps) in other translations.
†1:2: The word translated “Master” is “Adonai.”
‡1:3: “Behold”, from “הִנֵּה”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.
§1:10: Beth Ophrah means literally “House of Dust.”