The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw1 concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
Hear,3 all ye people; hearken,54 O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.
For, behold, the LORD cometh forth6 out of his place, and will come down,1 and tread1 upon the high places of the earth.
And the mountains shall be molten8 under him, and the valleys shall be cleft,101 as wax before the fire, [and] as the waters [that are] poured94 down a steep place.
For the transgression of Jacob [is] all this, 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?
Therefore I will make1 Samaria as an heap of the field, [and] as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down52 the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover17 the foundations thereof.
And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces,93 and all the hires thereof shall be burned11 with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay4 desolate: for she gathered14 [it] of the hire of an harlot,6 and they shall return4 to the hire of an harlot.6
Therefore I will wail4 and howl,55 I will go4 stripped 7758 and naked: I will make4 a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls. 3284
For her wound [is] incurable;7 for it is come1 unto Judah; he is come1 unto the gate of my people, [even] to Jerusalem.
Declare55 ye [it] not at Gath, weep4 ye not at all:2 in the house of Aphrah 6083 1036 roll100 6428 98 thyself in the dust.
Pass3 ye away, thou inhabitant6 of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant6 of Zaanan came not forth1 in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive4 of you his standing.
For the inhabitant6 of Maroth waited carefully1 for good: but evil came down1 from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.
O thou inhabitant6 of Lachish, bind3 the chariot to the swift beast: she [is] the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found8 in thee.
Therefore shalt thou give4 presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib [shall be] a lie to the kings of Israel.
Yet will I bring55 an heir6 unto thee, O inhabitant6 of Mareshah: he shall come4 unto Adullam the glory of Israel.
Make thee bald,3 and poll3 thee for thy delicate children; enlarge54 thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity1 from thee.