NASB — Micah 1 — KJV

Destruction in Israel and Judah

1 The aword of the LORD which came [to] bMicah of Moresheth in the days of cJotham, dAhaz [and] eHezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
  2 Hear, O peoples, all of Iyou;
  aListen, O earth and IIall it contains,
  And let the Lord IIIGOD be a bwitness against you,
  The Lord from His holy temple.
  3 For behold, the LORD is acoming forth from His place.
  He will come down and btread on the high places of the Iearth.
  4 aThe mountains will melt under Him
  And the valleys will be split,
  Like wax before the fire,
  Like water poured down a steep place.
  5 All this is for the rebellion of Jacob
  And for the sins of the house of Israel.
  What is the arebellion of Jacob?
  Is it not bSamaria?
  What is the chigh Iplace of Judah?
  Is it not Jerusalem?
  6 For I will make Samaria a aheap of ruins Iin the open country,
  bPlanting places for a vineyard.
  I will cpour her stones down into the valley
  And will dlay bare her foundations.
  7 All of her aidols will be smashed,
  All of her earnings will be burned with fire
  And all of her images I will make desolate,
  For she collected [them] from a bharlot’s earnings,
  And to the earnings of a harlot they will return.

[1] a2P 1:21 bJr 26:18 c2K 15:5, 32-38; 2Ch 27:1-9; Is 1:1; Ho 1:1 d2K 16:1-20; 2Ch 28:1-27; Is 7:1-12 e2K 18:1-20; 2Ch 29:1-31
[2] ILit them IILit its fullness IIIHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD aJr 6:19; 22:29 bIs 50:7
[3] IOr land aIs 26:21 bAm 4:13
[4] aPs 97:5; Is 64:1, 2; Na 1:5
[5] ILit places aJr 2:19 bIs 7:9; Am 8:14 c2Ch 34:3, 4
[6] ILit of the field a2K 19:25; Mi 3:12 bJr 31:5; Am 5:11 cLm 4:1 dEzk 13:14
[7] aDt 9:21; 2Ch 34:7 bDt 23:18; Is 23:17

  8 ¶ Because of this I must lament and wail,
  I must go abarefoot and naked;
  I must make a lament like the bjackals
  And a mourning like the ostriches.
  9 For her Iawound is incurable,
  For bit has come to Judah;
  It has reached the cgate of my people,
  [Even] to Jerusalem.
  10 aTell it not in Gath,
  Weep not at all.
  At IBeth-le-aphrah roll yourself in the dust.
  11 IGo on your way, inhabitant of IIShaphir, in ashameful nakedness.
  The inhabitant of IIIbZaanan does not IVescape.
  The lamentation of VBeth-ezel: “He will take from you its VIsupport.”
  12 For the inhabitant of IMaroth
  Becomes weak awaiting for good,
  Because a calamity has come down from the LORD
  To the bgate of Jerusalem.
  13 Harness the chariot to the team of horses,
  O inhabitant of aLachish
  She was the beginning of sin
  To the daughter of Zion
  Because in you were found
  The brebellious acts of Israel.
  14 Therefore you will give parting agifts
  On behalf of Moresheth-gath;
  The houses of bAchzib [will] become a cdeception
  To the kings of Israel.
  15 Moreover, I will bring on you
  The one who takes possession,
  O inhabitant of IaMareshah.
  The glory of Israel will enter bAdullam.
  16 Make yourself abald and cut off your hair,
  Because of the children of your delight;
  Extend your baldness like the eagle,
  For they will bgo from you into exile.

[8] aIs 32:11 bIs 13:21, 22
[9] ILit wounds aIs 3:26; Jr 30:12, 15 b2K 18:13; Is 8:7, 8 cMi 1:12
[10] II.e. house of dust a2S 1:20
[11] II.e. Go into captivity III.e. pleasantness IIII.e. going out IVLit go out VI.e. house of removal VILit standing place aEzk 23:29 bJsh 15:37
[12] II.e. bitterness aIs 59:9-11; Jr 14:19 bMi 1:9
[13] aJsh 10:3; 2K 14:19; Is 36:2 bMi 1:5
[14] a2K 16:8 bJsh 15:44 cJr 15:18
[15] II.e. possession aJsh 15:44 bJsh 12:15; 15:35; 2S 23:13
[16] aIs 22:12 b2K 17:6; Am 7:11, 17


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Micah sheweth the wrath of God against Jacob for idolatry.

1 ¶ The 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. 2 Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple. 3 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. 4 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. 5 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? 6 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. 7 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. 8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls. 9 For her wound [is] incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, [even] to Jerusalem.

[1] 2Ch 27:1; Is 1:1; Jr 26:18; Ho 1:1; 4:15; 5:5; 6:10; 8:14; 12:1; Am 1:1; 2:4; 3:1; 6:1; Mi 1:5, 14; Hab 1:1.
[2] Dt 32:1; Ps 11:4; 24:1; 28:2; 49:1; 50:1, 7, 12; Is 1:2; Jr 22:29; 29:23; Jna 2:7; Mi 6:1; Hab 2:20; Mal 2:14; 3:5; Mk 7:14; Rv 2:7, 11, 17, 29; 3:6, 13, 22.
[3] Dt 32:13; 33:29; Jb 40:12; Ps 115:3; Is 2:10; 25:10; 26:21; 63:3; 64:1; Ezk 3:12; Ho 5:14; Am 4:13; Hab 3:19.
[4] Jg 5:4; Ps 68:2; 97:5; Is 64:1; Am 9:5; Na 1:5; Hab 3:6, 10; Zc 14:4; 2P 3:10; Rv 20:11.
[5] 1K 13:32; 2K 16:3, 10; 17:7; 2Ch 28:2, 23; 36:14; Is 50:1; 59:1; Jr 2:17, 19; 4:18; 5:25; 6:19; Lm 5:16; Ho 7:1; 8:5; Am 6:1; 8:14; 1Th 2:15.
[6] 2K 19:25; Is 25:2, 12; Jr 9:11; 51:25, 37; Lm 4:1; Ezk 13:14; Ho 13:16; Mi 3:12; Hab 3:13; Mt 24:2.
[7] Lv 26:30; Dt 23:18; 2K 23:14; 2Ch 31:1; 34:6; Is 27:9; Jr 44:17; Ho 2:5, 12; 8:6; 10:5; Jol 3:3; Rv 18:3, 9, 12.
[8] Jb 30:29; Ps 102:6; Is 16:9; 20:2; 21:3; 22:4; Jr 4:19; 9:1, 10, 19; 48:36.
[9] 2K 18:9; 2Ch 32:1; Is 1:5; 8:7; 10:28; 37:22; Jr 15:18; 30:11; Mi 1:12.

He exhorteth to mourning.

10 ¶ Declare ye [it] not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust. 11 Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing. 12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem. 13 O thou 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 thee. 14 Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib [shall be] a lie to the kings of Israel. 15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel. 16 Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.

[10] Jsh 18:23; 2S 1:20; Jb 2:8; Jr 6:26; Lm 3:29; Am 5:13; 6:10.
[11] Is 16:2; 20:4; 47:2; Jr 13:22; 48:6, 9; Ezk 16:37; Mi 1:8; Na 3:5.
[12] Ru 1:20; 1S 4:13; Jb 30:26; Is 45:7; 59:9; Jr 8:15; 14:19; Am 3:6; Mi 1:9.
[13] Gn 19:17; Ex 32:21; Jsh 15:39; 1K 13:33; 14:16; 16:31; 2K 8:18; 16:3; 18:13, 17; 2Ch 11:9; 32:9; Is 10:31; 37:8; Jr 3:8; 4:29; Ezk 23:11; Rv 2:14, 20; 18:1.
[14] Jsh 15:44; 2S 8:2; 2K 16:8; 18:14; 2Ch 16:1; Ps 62:9; 118:8; 146:3; Is 30:6.
[15] Jsh 15:35, 44; 1S 22:1; 2Ch 11:7; Is 7:17; 10:3, 5; Jr 49:1.
[16] Dt 28:41, 56; 2K 17:6; Jb 1:20; Is 3:16; 15:2; 22:12; 39:6; Jr 6:26; 7:29; 16:6; Lm 4:5; Am 8:10.


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