The word of the Lord which came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, [and] Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
Hear, all you people; listen, O earth, and all that are therein, 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 will be molten under Him, and the valleys will be cleft, as wax before the fire, [and] as the waters [that are] poured down a steep place.
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?
Therefore I will make Samaria as a 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 will be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof will be burned with the fire, and I will lay all the idols thereof desolate, for she gathered [it] of the hire of a harlot, and they will return to the hire of a harlot.
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.
For her wound [is] incurable; for it has come to Judah; he has come to the gate of My people, [even] to Jerusalem.
Do not declare [it] at Gath, do not weep at all, in the house of Aphrah, roll yourself in the dust.
Pass away, you inhabitant of Saphir, having your shame naked, the inhabitant of Zaanan did not come forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he will receive his standing of you.
For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good, but evil came down from the Lord to 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 you will give presents to Moreshethgath, the houses of Achzib [will be] a lie to the kings of Israel.
Yet I will bring an heir to you, O inhabitant of Mareshah, he will come to Adullam, the glory of Israel.
Make bald, and poll for your delicate children; enlarge your baldness as the eagle; for they have gone into captivity from you.
Woe to those who 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.
And they 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 the Lord thus says; "Behold, I devise an evil against this family, from which you will not remove your necks; neither will you go haughtily, for this time [is] evil.
In that day, [one] will take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, [and] say, 'We are utterly spoiled, he has changed the portion of my people, how has he removed [it] from me! Turning away, he has divided our fields.'
Therefore you will have none who will cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the Lord.
Do not prophesy, [they say to those who] prophesy, they will not prophesy to them, [that] they will not take shame.
O [you who are] named the house of Jacob, is the Spirit of the Lord straitened? [Are] these His doings? Do My words not do good to him who walks uprightly?
Even of late, My people have risen up as an enemy, you pull off the robe with the garment from those who pass by securely as men averse from war.
You have cast out the women of My people from their pleasant houses; you have taken away My glory from their children forever.
Arise, and depart; for this [is] not [your] rest, because it is polluted, it will destroy [you], even with a sore destruction.
If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood lies, [saying], 'I will prophesy to you of wine and of strong drink;' he will even be the prophet of this people.
I 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 will make great noise by reason of [the multitude of] men.
The breaker has come up before them, they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and have gone out by it, and their king will pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them.
And I said, 'Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of the house of Israel; [is it] not for you to know judgment?'
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 they will cry to the Lord, but He will not hear them, He will even hide His Face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves evilly in their doings."
Thus the Lord says concerning the prophets who make my people err, who bite with their teeth, and cry, "Peace;" and he who does not put into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
Therefore night [will be] to you, that you will not have a vision; and it will be dark to you, that you will not divine; and the sun will go down over the prophets, and the day will be dark over them.
Then the seers will be ashamed, and the diviners confounded, indeed, they will all cover their lips; for [there is] no answer of God.
But I am truly full of power by the Spirit of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
Hear this, I pray you, you heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, who abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.
They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
The 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] the Lord not among us? No evil can come upon us."
Therefore Zion will be plowed [as] a field for your sake, and Jerusalem will become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.
But in the last days it will come to pass, [that] the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established in the top of the mountains, and it will be exalted above the hills; and people will flow to it.
And many nations will 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 will go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem."
And He will judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they will beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks, nation will not lift up a sword against nation, neither will they learn war anymore.
But they will sit, every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none will make [them] afraid, for the mouth of the Lord of hosts has spoken [it].
For all people will walk, everyone in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God forever and ever.
"In that day," the Lord says, "I will assemble her who halts, and I will gather her who is driven out, and her whom I have afflicted;
And I will make her who halted a remnant, and her who was cast far off a strong nation, and the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion from now on, even forever.
And you, O tower of the flock, the stronghold of the daughter of Zion, it will come to you, even the first dominion; the kingdom will come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
Now why do you cry out aloud? [Is there] no king in you? Is your counselor perished? For pangs have taken you as a woman in travail.
Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail, for now you will go forth out of the city, and you will dwell in the field, and you will [even] go to Babylon; there, you will be delivered; there, the Lord will redeem you from the hand of your enemies.
Now also many nations are gathered against you, that say, 'Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.'
But they do not know the thoughts of the Lord, neither do they understand His counsel, for He will gather them as the sheaves into the floor.
Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will make your horn iron, and I will make your hooves brass, and you will beat many people in pieces, and I will consecrate their gain to the Lord, and their substance to the Lord of the whole earth.
But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, [though] you are little among the thousands of Judah, [yet] out of you, he will come forth to Me [who is] to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth [have been] from of old, from everlasting." [*Matthew 2:5 - 6]
Therefore he will give them up, until the time [that] she who travails has brought forth, then the remnant of his brethren will return to the Children of Israel.
And he will stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they will abide, for now he will be great to the ends of the earth.
And this [man] will be the peace, when the Assyrian will come into our land, and when he will tread in our palaces, then we will raise seven shepherds against him, and eight principal men.
And they will waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof, thus he will deliver [us] from the Assyrian, when he comes into our land, and when he treads within our borders.
And the remnant of Jacob will be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that do not wait for man, nor wait for the sons of men.
And the remnant of Jacob will 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 goes through, both treads down, and tears in pieces, and none can deliver.
Your hand will be lifted up upon your adversaries, and all your enemies will be cut off.
"And it will come to pass in that day," the Lord says, "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 strongholds.
And I will cut off witchcrafts out of your hand; and you will have no [more] soothsayers.
I will also cut off your graven images, and your standing images out of the midst of you; and you will no longer worship the work of your hands.
And I will pluck up your groves out of the midst of you, so will I destroy your cities.
And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard."
Hear now what the Lord says; "Arise, contend before the mountains, and let the hills hear your voice.
Hear O mountains, the Lord's contention, and you strong foundations of the earth, for the Lord has contention with His people, and He will judge Israel.
O My people, what have I done to 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."
O my people, remember now what Balak, king of Moab, consulted, and what Balaam, the son of Beor, answered him from Shittim to Gilgal; that you may know the righteousness of the Lord.
With what will I come before the Lord, [and] bow myself before the high God? Will I come before Him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, [or] with ten thousands of rivers of oil? Will I give my firstborn [for] my transgression, the fruit of my body [for] the sin of my soul?
He has shown 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 your God?
The Lord's voice cries to the city, and [the man of] wisdom will see your name, hear the rod, and who has appointed it.
"Are there still the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure [that is] abominable?
Should 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.
Therefore I will also make [you] sick in striking you, in making [you] desolate because of your sins.
You will eat, but not be satisfied; and your casting down [will be] in the midst of you; and you will take hold, but will not deliver; and [that] which you deliver, I will give up to the sword.
You will sow, but you will not reap; you will tread the olives, but you will not anoint yourself with oil; and sweet wine, but will not drink wine.
For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and you walk in their counsels; that I should make you a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof a hissing, therefore you will bear the reproach of My people."
Woe is me! For I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage, [there is] no cluster to eat, my soul desired the firstripe fruit.
The good [man] has perished out of the earth, and [there are] none upright among men, they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt, every man his brother, with a net.
That 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 it up.
The 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 their perplexity will be.
For the son dishonors 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. [*Matthew 10:35 - 36]
Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation, my God will hear me.
Do not rejoice against me, O my enemy, when I fall, I will arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord [will be] a light to me.
I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, until He contends my cause, and executes judgment for me, He will bring me forth to the light, [and] I will behold His righteousness.
Then [she who is] my enemy will see [it], and shame will cover her who said to me, "Where is the Lord your God?" My eyes will behold her, now she will be trodden down as the mire of the streets.
[In] the day that your walls are to be built, [in] that day, the decree will be far removed.
[In] that day [also], he will 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 will be desolate because of those who dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your heritage, who 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, I will show marvelous [things] to him.
The nations will see and be confounded at all their might, they will lay [their] hand upon [their] mouth, their ears will be deaf.
They will lick the dust like a serpent, they will move out of their holes like worms of the earth, they will be afraid of the Lord our God, and will fear because of you.
Who [is] a God like You, who pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights [in] mercy.
He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
You will perform the truth to Jacob, [and] the mercy to Abraham, which You have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.