1A message came to Micah from the Lord. He was from the town of Moresheth. The message came while Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. This is the vision Micah saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. Here is what he said.
2Listen to me, all of you nations!
Earth and everyone who lives in it, pay attention!
The Lord and King will be a witness against you.
The Lord will speak from his holy temple in heaven.
The Lord Will Judge Samaria and Jerusalem
3The Lord is about to come down
from his home in heaven.
He rules over the highest places on earth.
4The mountains will melt under him
like wax near a fire.
The valleys will be broken apart
by water rushing down a slope.
5All of that will happen because
Jacob's people have done what is wrong.
The people of Israel
have committed many sins.
Who is to blame
for the wrong things Jacob has done?
Who is to blame for the high places
where Judah's people worship other gods?
6So the Lord says, "I will turn Samaria into a pile of trash.
It will become a place for planting vineyards.
I will dump its stones down into the valley.
And I will destroy it
down to its very foundations.
7All of the statues of Samaria's gods
will be broken to pieces.
All of the gifts its people gave to temple prostitutes
will be burned with fire.
I will destroy all of the statues of its gods.
Samaria collected gifts that were paid to temple prostitutes.
So the Assyrians will use the gifts
to pay their own temple prostitutes."
Micah Sobs Over His People
8I will sob and cry because Samaria will be destroyed.
I'll walk around barefoot.
I won't have anything on but my underwear.
I'll bark like a wild dog.
I'll hoot like an owl.
9Samaria's wounds can't be healed.
The Lord will also judge Judah.
Enemies will march up to the very gate of my people.
They will reach Jerusalem itself.
10Don't tell the people of Gath about it.
Don't let them see you sob.
People in Beth Ophrah, roll in the dust.
11You who live in the town of Shaphir,
leave in shame and without your clothes.
Those who live in Zaanan
won't come out to help you.
The people in Beth Ezel will sob.
They won't be able to help keep you safe.
12Those who live in Maroth will groan with pain
as they wait for help.
That's because the Lord will bring trouble on them.
It will reach the very gate of Jerusalem.
13You who live in Lachish,
get your horses ready to pull their chariots.
You trust in military power.
That was the beginning of sin
for the people of Zion.
The wrong things Israel did
were also done by you.
14People of Judah, you might as well say good-by
to Moresheth near Gath.
The town of Aczib won't give any help
to the kings of Israel.
15An enemy will attack
you who live in Mareshah.
Israel's glorious leaders will have to run away
and hide in the cave of Adullam.
16The children you enjoy so much
will be taken away as prisoners.
So shave your heads and sob.
Make them as bare as the head of a vulture.