word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz,
and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
all you people; hearken, 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 comes forth out of his place, and
will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
And the mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys
shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down
a steep place.
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 make Samaria as an heap of the field, and
as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley,
and I will discover the foundations thereof.
And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces,
and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof
will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall
return to the hire of an harlot.
Therefore I will wail and wail, I will go stripped and naked:
I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.
For her wound is incurable; for it has come unto Judah;
he has come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
Declare all of you it not at Gath, weep all of you not at
all: in the house of Aphrah roll yourself in the dust.
Pass all of you away, you inhabitant of Saphir, having your
shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel;
he shall receive of you his standing.
For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good:
but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.
O you inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift
beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions
of Israel were found in you.
Therefore shall you give presents to Moreshethgath: the
houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.
Yet will I bring an heir unto you, O inhabitant of Mareshah:
he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.
Make you bald, and poll you for your delicate children;
enlarge your baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from you.
to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning
is light, they practice it, because it is in the power of their hand.
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covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they
oppress a man and his house, even a man and his heritage.
Therefore thus says the LORD; Behold, against this family
do I devise an evil, from which all of you shall not remove your necks; neither
shall all of you go haughtily: for this time is evil.
In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and
lament with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he has changed
the portion of my people: how has he removed it from me! turning away he has divided
you shall have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.
all of you not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them,
that they shall not take shame.
O you that are named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of
the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him that
of late my people has risen up as an enemy: all of you pull off the robe with
the garment from them that pass by securely as men averse from war.
The women of my people have all of you cast out from their
pleasant houses; from their children have all of you taken away my glory for ever.
all of you, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it
shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.
If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying,
I will prophesy unto you of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet
of this people.
will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of you; I will surely gather the remnant of
Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst
of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.
breaker has come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through
the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the
LORD on the head of them.
And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and all
of you princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?
3:2 Who hate
the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their
flesh from off their bones;
Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin
from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the
pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear
them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved
themselves ill in their doings.
Thus says the LORD concerning the prophets that make my
people go astray, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that puts
not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
Therefore night shall be unto you, that all of you shall
not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that all of you shall not divine;
and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.
shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover
their lips; for there is no answer of God.
But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD,
and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to
Israel his sin.
this, I pray you, all of you heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house
of Israel, that detest judgment, and pervert all equity.
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the
prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say,
Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field,
and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places
of the forest.
in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the
LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted
above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go
up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will
teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go out
of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong
nations far off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears
into pruning hooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall
they learn war any more.
But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his
fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts
has spoken it.
all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the
name of the LORD our God for ever and ever.
In that day, says the LORD, will I assemble her that haltes,
and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;
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will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation:
and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
you, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto you shall
it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
why do you cry out aloud? is there no king in you? is your counsellor perished?
for pangs have taken you as a woman in travail.
Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion,
like a woman in travail: for now shall you go forth out of the city, and you shall
dwell in the field, and you shall go even to Babylon; there shall you be delivered;
there the LORD shall redeem you from the hand of yours enemies.
Now also many nations are gathered against you, that say,
Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.
But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand
they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.
and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make yours horn iron, and I will make
your hoofs brass: and you shall beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate
their gain unto the LORD, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
gather yourself in troops, O daughter of troops: he has laid siege against us:
they shall strike the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among
the thousands of Judah, yet out of you shall he comes forth unto me that is to
be ruler in Israel; whose activities forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
will he give them up, until the time that she which labors has brought forth:
then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
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shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of
the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends
of the earth.
this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when
he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds,
and eight principal men.
And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from
the Assyrian, when he comes into our land, and when he treads within our borders.
the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD,
as the showers upon the grass, that tarries not for man, nor waits for the sons
the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as
a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep:
who, if he go through, both treads down, and tears in pieces, and none can deliver.
hand shall be lifted up upon yours adversaries, and all yours enemies shall be
it shall come to pass in that day, says the LORD, that I will cut off your horses
out of the midst of you, and I will destroy your chariots:
And I will cut off the cities of your land, and throw down
all your strong holds:
And I will cut off witchcrafts out of yours hand; and you
shall have no more soothsayers:
Your graven images also will I cut off, and your standing
images out of the midst of you; and you shall no more worship the work of yours
I will pluck up your groves out of the midst of you: so will I destroy your cities.
I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have
all of you now what the LORD says; Arise, contend you before the mountains, and
let the hills hear your voice.
Hear all of you, O mountains, the LORD's controversy, and
all of you strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD has a controversy with
his people, and he will plead with Israel.
O my people, what have I done unto you? and wherein have
I wearied you? testify against me.
For I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed
you out of the house of servants; and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the
son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that all of you may know the
righteousness of the LORD.
Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself before
the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year
the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of
oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for
the sin of my soul?
He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the
LORD require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with
LORD's voice cries unto the city, and the man of wisdom shall see your name: hear
all of you the rod, and who has appointed it.
Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of
the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?
Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with
the bag of deceitful weights?
For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants
thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
also will I make you sick in smiting you, in making you desolate because of your
shall eat, but not be satisfied; and your casting down shall be in the midst of
you; and you shall take hold, but shall not deliver; and that which you deliver
will I give up to the sword.
You shall sow, but you shall not reap; you shall tread the
olives, but you shall not anoint you with oil; and sweet wine, but shall not drink
the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and all
of you walk in their counsels; that I should make you a desolation, and the inhabitants
thereof an hissing: therefore all of you shall bear the reproach of my people.
is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the gleaning
of grapes of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the first-fruits
good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none upright among men: they
all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his brother with a net.
they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asks, and the judge asks
for a reward; and the great man, he utters his mischievous desire: so they wrap
best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the
day of your watchmen and your visitation comes; now shall be their perplexity.
all of you not in a friend, put all of you not confidence in a guide: keep the
doors of your mouth from her that lies in your bosom.
For the son dishonours the father, 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.
Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the
God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall
arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me.
I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have
sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will
bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall
cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD your God? mine eyes shall behold
her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.
In the day that your walls are to be built, in that day
shall the decree be far removed.
In that day also he shall come even to you from Assyria,
and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from
sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.
Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them
that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
Feed your people with your rod, the flock of yours heritage,
which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan
and Gilead, as in the days of old.
According to the days of your coming out of the land of
Egypt will I show unto him marvellous things.
The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might:
they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms
of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because
is a God like unto you, that pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression
of the remnant of his heritage? he retains not his anger for ever, because he
delights in mercy.
He will return, he will have compassion upon us; he will
subdue our iniquities; and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the
will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which you have sworn
unto our fathers from the days of old.