1The word of the Lord that came to Micah #[ver. 14] of Moresheth #Isa. 1:1 in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw #Amos 1:1 concerning #Isa. 7:9; Jer. 23:13Samaria and Jerusalem.
The Coming Destruction
2 # ch. 3:1, 9; 6:1, 2; See Hos. 5:1 Hear, you peoples, all of you;#1:2 Hebrew all of them
# See Isa. 1:2 pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it,
and #Mal. 3:5 let the Lord God be a witness against you,
# Ps. 11:4; Jonah 2:7; Hab. 2:20 the Lord from his holy temple.
3For behold, #Isa. 26:21 the Lord is coming out of #Ps. 115:3 his place,
and will come down and #Amos 4:13; [Deut. 32:13]tread upon the high places of the earth.
4And #Ps. 97:5; [Judg. 5:5; Amos 9:5, 13; Nah. 1:5]the mountains will melt under him,
and the valleys will split open,
like wax before the fire,
like waters poured down a steep place.
5All this is for #See ch. 3:8 the transgression of Jacob
and for the sins of the house of Israel.
# [ver. 13] What is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not #[See ver. 1 above] Samaria?
And what is #[2 Chr. 28:4]the high place of Judah?
Is it not Jerusalem?
6Therefore I will make #[See ver. 1 above] Samaria #[ch. 3:12] a heap in the open country,
a place for planting vineyards,
and I will pour down her stones #[1 Kgs. 16:24] into the valley
and #Ezek. 13:14uncover her foundations.
7All #[Hos. 8:6] her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
# [Hos. 2:12; 9:1] all her wages shall be burned with fire,
and all her idols I will lay waste,
for from #[Hos. 2:12; 9:1]the fee of a prostitute she gathered them,
and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.
8 # [Isa. 22:4] For this I will lament and wail;
I will go #See Isa. 20:2-4 stripped and naked;
I will make lamentation #Job 30:29; Ps. 44:19 like the jackals,
and mourning #Isa. 13:21like the ostriches.
9 # [Hos. 5:13] For her wound is incurable,
and it has come to Judah;
it has reached to the gate of my people,
10 # 2 Sam. 1:20 Tell it not in #See 1 Sam. 17:4 Gath;
weep not at all;
# [Jer. 6:26] roll yourselves in the dust.
11Pass on your way,
inhabitants of Shaphir,
# [Isa. 20:4; 47:3] in nakedness and shame;
the inhabitants of Zaanan
do not come out;
the lamentation of Beth-ezel
shall take away from you its standing place.
12For the inhabitants of Maroth
wait anxiously for good,
because disaster has come down #See Amos 3:6from the Lord
to the gate of Jerusalem.
13Harness the steeds to the chariots,
inhabitants of #Josh. 10:3; 2 Kgs. 18:14, 17; 2 Chr. 32:9 Lachish;
it was the beginning of sin
to the daughter of Zion,
for in you were found
# [ver. 5; Hos. 13:1] the transgressions of Israel.
14Therefore you shall give parting gifts#1:14 Or give dowry
to #[ver. 1] Moresheth-gath;
the houses of #Josh. 15:44Achzib shall be a deceitful thing
to the kings of Israel.
15I will again bring #[ch. 2:4; Jer. 6:12] a conqueror to you,
inhabitants of #[See ver. 14 above] Mareshah;
the glory of Israel
shall come to #See 1 Sam. 22:1, 2Adullam.
16 # See Isa. 22:12 Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair,
for the children of your delight;
# See Isa. 22:12 make yourselves as bald as the eagle,
for they shall go from you into exile.
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