Samaria and Israel to Be Punished
1During the time that Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah, the word of the Lord came to Micah. Micah was from Moresheth. He saw these visions about Samaria and Jerusalem.
2Listen, all you people!
Earth and everyone on it,#1:2 everyone on it Literally, “its fullness.” listen!
The Lord GOD will be a witness against you.
The Lord will come from his holy temple.
3See, the Lord is leaving his place
to come down and walk on the high places#1:3 high places Here, this might mean simply “hills,” or it might mean places of worship (see “high place” in the Word List). of the earth.
4The mountains will melt under him
like wax in a fire.
The valleys will break apart
and slide like water rushing down a hill.
5This will happen because of Jacob’s sin,
because of the sins of the nation#1:5 nation Literally, “house.” This might mean the royal family of that country. of Israel.
Samaria, the Cause of Sin
What caused Jacob to sin?
It was Samaria.
Where is the high place in Judah?
It is Jerusalem.
6So I will change Samaria into a pile of rocks in the field,
a place ready for planting grapes.
I will push Samaria’s stones down into the valley,
leaving nothing but the foundations.
7All her idols will be broken to pieces.
And the offerings to her idols will be burned.
I will destroy all her statues of false gods,
because she got them as pay for being a prostitute.
So those things will be taken away
to be used again for paying prostitutes.
Micah’s Great Sadness
8I will be very sad about what will happen.
I will go without sandals and clothes.
I will cry like a dog.#1:8 dog Literally, “jackal,” a kind of wild dog.
I will mourn like a bird.#1:8 bird Literally, “ostrich,” a large bird.
9Samaria’s#1:9 Samaria The capital city of the northern kingdom of Israel. wound cannot be healed.
Her disease has spread to Judah.
It has reached the city gate of my people;
it has spread all the way to Jerusalem.
10Don’t tell it in Gath.#1:10 Gath This is a wordplay. This name means “tell.”
Don’t cry in Acco.#1:10 Acco This name means “cry.”
Roll yourself in the dust
at Beth Ophrah.#1:10 Beth Ophrah This name means “house of dust.”
11You people living in Shaphir,#1:11 Shaphir This name means “beautiful.”
pass on your way, naked and ashamed.
The people living in Zaanan#1:11 Zaanan This name means “come out.”
will not come out.
The people in Beth Ezel#1:11 Beth Ezel This name means “house of support.” will cry
and take their support from you.
12The people living in Maroth#1:12 Maroth This name means “bitter,” “angry,” or “sad.”
wait for something good to happen,
even though trouble has come down from the Lord
and has reached the city gate of Jerusalem.
13You people living in Lachish,#1:13 Lachish This name is like the Hebrew word meaning “horse.”
get the horses ready for your chariots.
You are guilty of the same sins Israel#1:13 Israel Here, probably the northern kingdom of Israel centered in Samaria. committed,
and you brought those sins to Jerusalem.#1:13 Jerusalem Literally, “Daughter Zion.” See “Zion” in the Word List.
14So you must give goodbye gifts
to Moresheth#1:14 Moresheth Micah’s hometown. in Gath.
The houses in Aczib#1:14 Aczib This name means “lie” or “trick.” will trick
the kings of Israel.
15You people who live in Mareshah,#1:15 Mareshah The name means “a person who takes things.”
I will bring someone against you who will take the things you own.
The Glory of Israel
will come into Adullam.#1:15 Adullam A cave that David hid in when he ran away from Saul. See 1 Sam. 22:1.
16So cut off your hair, make yourself bald,#1:16 cut … bald This showed that a person made a special agreement with God or that a person was very sad.
because you will cry for the children you love.
Make yourself bald like an eagle#1:16 eagle Or “vulture.” See “vulture” in the Word List. and show your sadness,
because your children will be taken away from you.