1The word of the Lord that came #Hs 1:1Jl 1:1Zph 1:1 to Micah #2Ch 29:5-1132:24-26Jr 26:18 the Moreshite #Mc 1:14 — what he saw regarding Samaria and Jerusalem in the days of Jotham, #2Kg 15:52Ch 27:1-9Is 1:1Hs 1:1 Ahaz, #2Kg 16:1-202Ch 28:1-27Is 7:1-12 and Hezekiah, #2Kg 18:1-202Ch 29:1-31 kings of Judah.
Coming Judgment on Israel
2Listen, all you peoples; #1Kg 22:282Ch 18:27Jr 6:19|NoBook| 22:29
pay attention, earth # Or land and everyone in it! #Ps 24:1Is 34:1Jr 47:2
The Lord God will be a witness against you, #1Sm 12:5-6Ps 50:7Jr 42:5Mal 3:5
the Lord, from His holy temple. #Ps 11:4Hab 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 97:5Is 64:1-2Nah 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 7:9Am 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 31:5Am 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 9:212Ch 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.
Micah’s Lament
8Because of this I will lament and wail;
I will walk barefoot and naked. #Is 20:2-4|NoBook| 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 3:26Jr 30:12
and has reached even Judah; #2Kg 18:13-1619:31-37Is 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 59:9-11Jr 14:19
disaster has come from the Lord #Jdg 2:152Kg 17:7|NoBook| 21:12Is 45:7Mc 2:3
to the gate of Jerusalem.
13Harness the horses to the chariot,
you residents of Lachish. #Jos 10:32Kg 14:19Is 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|NoBook| 15:351Sm 22:12Sm 23:13
16Shave yourselves bald and cut off your hair #Jb 1:20Is 22:12Jr 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 17:6Am 7:11
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