Samaria and Israel to Be Punished
1Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. During the time they were kings, the word of the Lord came to Micah, who was from Moresheth. He saw these visions about Samaria and Jerusalem.
2Hear this, all you nations.
Listen, all you who live on the earth.
The Lord God will come from his Holy Temple.
He will come as a witness against you.
3See, the Lord is coming out of his place in heaven.
He is coming down to walk on the tops of the mountains.
4The mountains will melt under him
like wax in a fire.
The valleys will crack open
as if split by water raging down a mountain.
5This is because of Jacob’s sin.
It is because of the sins of the nation of Israel.
Who is responsible for Jacob’s sin?
Who is responsible for Judah’s worshiping idols?
The Lord Speaks
6“So I will make Samaria a pile of ruins in the open country.
It will be like a place for planting vineyards.
I will pour Samaria’s stones down into the valley.
And I will destroy her down to her foundations.
7All her idols will be broken into pieces.
All the gifts to her idols will be burned with fire.
I will destroy all her idols.
This is because Samaria earned her money by being unfaithful to me.
So this money will be carried off by other people who are not faithful to me.”
Micah’s Great Sadness
8I will moan and cry because of this evil.
I will go around barefoot and without clothes.
I will cry loudly like the wild dogs.
I will cry like the ostriches.
9I will do this because Samaria’s wound cannot be healed.
Her destruction will spread to Judah.
It will reach the city gate of my people.
It will come all the way to Jerusalem.
10Don’t tell it in Gath.# This name sounds like the Hebrew word for “tell.”
Don’t cry in Acco.# This name sounds like the Hebrew word for “cry.”
Cry and roll in the dust
at Beth Ophrah.# This name means “house of dust.”
11Pass on your way, naked and ashamed,
you who live in Shaphir.# This name means “beautiful.”
Those who live in Zaanan# This name sounds like the Hebrew word for “come out.”
won’t come out to help you.
The people in Beth Ezel# This name means “house by the side of another,” suggesting help or support. will cry.
But they will not give you any support.
12Those who live in Maroth# This name sounds like the Hebrew word for “sad” or “miserable.”
will be anxious for good news to come.
This is because trouble will come from the Lord.
It will come all the way to the gate of Jerusalem.
13You people living in Lachish,# This name sounds like the Hebrew word for “horses.”
harness the fastest horse to the chariot.
Jerusalem’s sins started in you.
This is because you followed in Israel’s sins.
14So you must give farewell gifts
to Moresheth# This may be a wordplay on the word “engaged,” referring to a farewell gift to a bride. in Gath.
The houses in Aczib# This name means “lie” or “trick.” will be false help
to the kings of Israel.
15I will bring an enemy against you
who live in Mareshah.# This name sounds like the Hebrew word for a person who captures other cities and lands.
He will take what you own.
The leaders Israel brags about
will hide in the cave at Adullam.
16Cut off your hair to show you are sad.
Cry for the children you love.
Make yourself bald like the eagle,
because your children will be forced to live in a foreign land.