MLV(i) 1 The word of Jehovah that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, you* peoples, all of you*. Listen, O earth and all who are in it and let the Lord Jehovah be witness against you*, the Lord from his holy temple. 3 For, behold, Jehovah comes forth out of his place and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. 4 And the mountains will be melted under him and the valleys will be split, as wax before the fire, as waters that are poured down a steep place.
5 All this is for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Samaria? And what are the high places of Judah? Are they not Jerusalem?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria as a heap of the field and as places for planting vineyards. And I will pour down the stones of it into the valley and I will uncover the foundations of it. 7 And all her graven images will be beaten to pieces. And all her wages will be burned with fire and I will lay desolate all her idols. For she has gathered them from the wages of a prostitute and to the wage of a prostitute they will return.
8 For this I will lament and wail. I will go stripped and naked. I will make a wailing like the jackals and a lamentation like the ostriches. 9 For her wounds are incurable. For it has come even to Judah. it reaches to the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
10 Do not tell it in Gath. Weep not at all. I have rolled myself in the dust at Beth-le-aphrah. 11 Pass away, O inhabitant of Shaphir, in nakedness and shame. The inhabitant of Zaanan has not come forth. The wailing of Beth-ezel will take from you* the stay of it. 12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waits anxiously for good, because evil has come down from Jehovah to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 Bind the chariot to the swift steed, O 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, O inhabitant of Mareshah, he who will possess you. The glory of Israel will come even to Adullam. 16 You make yourself bald and cut off your hair for the sons of your delight. Enlarge your baldness as the vulture, for they have gone into captivity from you.