1The word of the Lord that came # Hs 1:1; Jl 1:1; Zph 1:1 to Micah # 2Ch 29:5-11; 32:24-26; Jr 26:18 the Moreshite # Mc 1:14 — what he saw regarding Samaria and Jerusalem in the days of Jotham, # 2Kg 15:5,32-38; 2Ch 27:1-9; Is 1:1; Hs 1:1 Ahaz, # 2Kg 16:1-20; 2Ch 28:1-27; Is 7:1-12 and Hezekiah, # 2Kg 18:1-20; 2Ch 29:1-31 kings of Judah.
Coming Judgment on Israel
2Listen, all you peoples; # 1Kg 22:28; 2Ch 18:27; Jr 6:19; 22:29
pay attention, earth # Or land and everyone in it! # Ps 24:1; Is 34:1; Jr 47:2
The Lord God will be a witness against you, # 1Sm 12:5-6; Ps 50:7; Jr 42:5; Mal 3:5
the Lord, from His holy temple. # Ps 11:4; Hab 2:20
3Look, the Lord is leaving His place # Is 26:21
and coming down to trample
the heights # Or high places of the earth. # Am 4:13
4The mountains will melt beneath Him,
and the valleys will split apart,
like wax near a fire, # Ps 97:5; Is 64:1-2; Nah 1:5
like water cascading down a mountainside.
5All this will happen because of Jacob’s rebellion
and the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the rebellion of Jacob?
Isn’t it Samaria? # Is 7:9; Am 8:14
And what is the high place of Judah? # 2Ch 34:3-4
Isn’t it Jerusalem?
6Therefore, I will make Samaria
a heap of ruins # Mc 3:12 in the countryside,
a planting area # Jr 31:5; Am 5:11 for a vineyard.
I will roll her stones # Lm 4:1 into the valley
and expose her foundations. # Ezk 13:14
7All her carved images will be smashed # Dt 9:21; 2Ch 34:7 to pieces;
all her wages # Dt 23:18 will be burned in the fire,
and I will destroy all her idols.
Since she collected the wages of a prostitute, # Dt 23:18
they will be used again for a prostitute.
8Because of this I will lament and wail;
I will walk barefoot and naked. # Is 20:2-4; 32:11
I will howl like the jackals # Is 13:21-22
and mourn like ostriches. # Or eagle owls ; lit daughters of the desert
9For her wound is incurable # Is 3:26; Jr 30:12,15
and has reached even Judah; # 2Kg 18:13-16; 19:31-37; Is 8:7-8
it has approached the gate of my people, # Mc 1:12
as far as Jerusalem.
10Don’t announce it in Gath, # 2Sm 1:20
don’t weep at all.
Roll in the dust in Beth-leaphrah.
11Depart in shameful nakedness, # Ezk 23:29
you residents of Shaphir;
the residents of Zaanan # Jos 15:37 will not come out.
Beth-ezel is lamenting;
its support # Lit its standing place ; Hb obscure is taken from you.
12Though the residents of Maroth
anxiously wait for something good, # Is 59:9-11; Jr 14:19
disaster has come from the Lord # Jdg 2:15; 2Kg 17:7; 21:12; Is 45:7; Mc 2:3
to the gate of Jerusalem.
13Harness the horses to the chariot,
you residents of Lachish. # Jos 10:3; 2Kg 14:19; Is 36:2
This was the beginning of sin for Daughter Zion,
because Israel’s acts of rebellion # Mc 1:5 can be traced to you.
14Therefore, send farewell gifts # 2Kg 16:8 to Moresheth-gath;
the houses of Achzib # Jos 15:44 are a deception # Jr 15:18
to the kings of Israel.
15I will again bring a conqueror
against you who live in Mareshah. # Jos 15:44
The nobility # Lit glory of Israel will come to Adullam. # Jos 12:15; 15:35; 1Sm 22:1; 2Sm 23:13
16Shave yourselves bald and cut off your hair # Jb 1:20; Is 22:12; Jr 7:29
in sorrow for your precious children;
make yourselves as bald as an eagle,
for they have been taken from you into exile. # 2Kg 17:6; Am 7:11,17