1:1The word of Yahweh that came to Micah the
Morashtite in the days of Jotham,
Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and
1:2Hear, you peoples, all of you.
Listen, O earth, and all that is therein:
And let the Lord Yahweh be
witness against you,
The Lord from his holy temple.
1:3For, behold, Yahweh comes forth out of
And will come down and tread on the high
places of the earth.
1:4The mountains melt under him,
And the valleys split apart,
Like wax before the fire,
Like waters that are poured down a steep
1:5"All this is for the disobedience
And for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the disobedience
Isn't it Samaria?
And what are the high
places of Judah?
Aren't they Jerusalem?
1:6Therefore I will make Samaria like a
rubble heap of the field,
Like places for planting vineyards;
And I will pour down its
stones into the valley,
And I will uncover its foundations.
1:7All her idols will be beaten to
And all her temple gifts will be burned
And all her images I will destroy;
For of the hire of a
prostitute has she gathered them,
And to the hire of a prostitute shall
1:8For this I will lament and wail;
I will go stripped and naked;
I will howl like the jackals,
And moan like the daughters of owls.
1:9For her wounds are incurable;
For it has come even to Judah.
It reaches to the gate of
Even to Jerusalem.
1:10Don't tell it in Gath,
Don't weep at all.
At Beth Ophrah I have rolled myself in the dust.
1:11Pass on, inhabitant of Shaphir, in nakedness and shame.
The inhabitant of Zaanan
won't come out.
The wailing of Beth Ezel
will take from you his protection.
1:12For the inhabitant of Maroth waits anxiously for good,
Because evil has come down from Yahweh to
the gate of Jerusalem.
1:13Harness the chariot to the swift
steed, inhabitant of Lachish.
She was the beginning of sin to the
daughter of Zion;
For the transgressions of Israel were
found in you.
1:14Therefore you will give a parting
gift to Moresheth-gath.
The houses of Achzib
will be a deceitful thing to the kings of Israel.
1:15I will yet bring to you, inhabitant
He who is the glory of Israel will come
1:16Shave your heads,
And cut off your hair for the children of
Enlarge your baldness like
For they have gone into captivity from
2:1Woe to those who devise iniquity
And work evil on their beds!
When the morning is light,
they practice it,
Because it is in the power of their hand.
2:2They covet fields, and seize them;
And houses, and take them away:
And they oppress a man and his house,
Even a man and his heritage.
2:3Therefore thus says Yahweh:
"Behold, I am
planning against these people a disaster,
From which you will not remove your
Neither will you walk haughtily;
For it is an evil time.
2:4In that day they will take up a
parable against you,
And lament with a doleful lamentation,
'We are utterly ruined!
My people's possession is divided up.
Indeed he takes it from me and assigns
our fields to traitors!'"
2:5Therefore you will have no one who
divides the land by lot in the assembly of Yahweh.
2:6"Don't you prophesy!"
"Don't prophesy about
Disgrace won't overtake us."
2:7Shall it be said, O house of Jacob:
"Is the Spirit of Yahweh angry?
Are these his doings?
Don't my words do good
to him who walks blamelessly?"
2:8But lately my people have risen up as
You strip the robe and clothing from
those who pass by without a care, returning from battle.
2:9You drive the women of my people out from
their pleasant houses;
From their young children you take away
my blessing forever.
2:10Arise, and depart!
For this is not your resting place,
Because of uncleanness that destroys,
Even with a grievous destruction.
2:11If a man walking in a spirit of
'I will prophesy to you of wine and of
He would be the prophet of this people.
2:12I will surely assemble, Jacob, all of
I will surely gather the remnant of
I will put them together
as the sheep of Bozrah,
As a flock in the midst of their pasture;
They will swarm with people.
2:13He who breaks open the way goes up
They break through the gate, and go out.
And their king passes on before them,
With Yahweh at their head."
"Please listen, you
heads of Jacob,
And rulers of the house of Israel:
Isn't it for you to know justice?
3:2You who hate the good,
And love the evil;
Who tear off their skin,
And their flesh from off their bones;
3:3Who also eat the flesh of my people,
And flay their skin from off them,
And break their bones,
And chop them in pieces, as for the pot,
And as flesh within the caldron.
3:4Then they will cry to Yahweh,
But he will not answer them.
Yes, he will hide his face
from them at that time,
Because they made their deeds evil."
3:5Thus says Yahweh concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray; for those who feed their teeth, they proclaim,
"Peace!" and whoever doesn't provide for their mouths, they prepare
war against him:
3:6"Therefore night is over you,
with no vision,
And it is dark to you, that you may not
And the sun will go down on the prophets,
And the day will be black over them.
3:7The seers shall be disappointed,
And the diviners confounded.
Yes, they shall all cover
For there is no answer from God."
3:8But as for me, I am full of power by
the Spirit of Yahweh,
And of judgment, and of might,
To declare to Jacob his disobedience,
And to Israel his sin.
3:9Please listen to this, you heads of
the house of Jacob,
And rulers of the house of Israel,
Who abhor justice,
And pervert all equity.
3:10They build up Zion with blood,
And Jerusalem with iniquity.
3:11Her leaders judge for bribes,
And her priests teach for a price,
And her prophets of it tell forturnes for money:
Yet they lean on Yahweh,
Isn't Yahweh in the midst of us?
No disaster will come on us.
3:12Therefore Zion for your sake will be
plowed like a field,
And Jerusalem will become heaps of
And the mountain of the temple like the high
places of a forest.
4:1But in the latter days,
It will happen that the mountain of
Yahweh's temple will be established on the top of the mountains,
And it will be exalted above the hills;
And peoples will stream to it.
4:2Many nations will go and say,
"Come, and let us go up to the
mountain of Yahweh,
And to the house of the God of Jacob;
And he will teach us of his ways,
And we will walk in his paths."
For out of Zion will go
forth the law,
And the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem;
4:3And he will judge between many
And will decide concerning strong nations
They will beat their swords into
And their spears into pruning hooks.
Nation will not lift up sword
Neither will they learn war any more.
4:4But they will sit every man under his
vine and under his fig tree;
And no one will make them afraid:
For the mouth of Yahweh of Armies has
all the nations may walk in the name of their gods;
But we will walk in the name of Yahweh
our God forever and ever.
4:6"In that day," says Yahweh,
"I will assemble that which is lame,
And I will gather that which is driven
And that which I have afflicted;
4:7And I will make that which was lame a remnant,
And that which was cast far off a strong
And Yahweh will reign over them on Mount
Zion from then on, even forever.
4:8You, tower of the flock, the hill of
the daughter of Zion,
To you it will come,
Yes, the former dominion will come,
The kingdom of the daughter of Jerusalem.
4:9Now why do you cry out aloud?
Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished,
That pains have taken hold of you as of a
woman in travail?
4:10Be in pain, and labor to bring forth,
daughter of Zion,
Like a woman in travail;
For now you will go forth out of the
And will dwell in the field,
And will come even to Babylon.
There you will be rescued.
There Yahweh will redeem you from the
hand of your enemies.
4:11Now many nations have assembled
against you, that say,
'Let her be defiled,
And let our eye gloat over Zion.'
4:12But they don't know the thoughts of
Neither do they understand his counsel;
For he has gathered them like the sheaves
to the threshing floor.
4:13Arise and thresh, daughter of Zion;
For I will make your horn iron,
And I will make your hoofs brass;
And you will beat in
pieces many peoples:
And I will devote their
gain to Yahweh,
And their substance to the Lord of the
5:1Now you shall gather yourself in
Daughter of troops.
He has laid siege against
They will strike the judge of Israel with
a rod on the cheek.
5:2But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Being small among the clans of Judah,
Out of you one will come forth to me that
is to be ruler in Israel;
Whose goings forth are from of old, from
5:3Therefore he will abandon them until
the time that she who is in labor gives birth.
Then the rest of his brothers will return
to the children of Israel.
5:4He shall stand, and shall shepherd in
the strength of Yahweh,
In the majesty of the name of Yahweh his
And they will live, for then he will be
great to the ends of the earth.
5:5He will be our peace when Assyria
invades our land,
And when he marches through our
Then we will raise against him seven
And eight leaders of men.
5:6They will rule the land of Assyria
with the sword,
And the land of Nimrod in its gates.
He will deliver us from
When he invades our land,
And when he marches within our border.
5:7The remnant of Jacob will be in the
midst of many peoples,
Like dew from Yahweh,
Like showers on the grass,
That don't wait for man,
Nor wait for the sons of men.
5:8The remnant of Jacob will be among the
In the midst of many peoples,
Like a lion among the animals of the
Like a young lion among the flocks of
Who, if he goes through, treads down and
tears in pieces,
And there is no one to deliver.
5:9Let your hand be lifted up above your
And let all of your enemies be cut off.
5:10"It will happen in that
day," says Yahweh,
"That I will cut off your horses out
of the midst of you,
And will destroy your chariots.
5:11I will cut off the cities of your
And will tear down all your strongholds.
5:12I will destroy witchcraft from your
And you shall have no soothsayers.
5:13I will cut off your engraved images
and your pillars out of your midst;
And you shall no more worship the work of
5:14I will uproot your Asherim out of your midst;
And I will destroy your cities.
5:15I will execute vengeance in anger,
And wrath on the nations that didn't
6:1Listen now to what Yahweh says:
"Arise, plead your
case before the mountains,
And let the hills hear what you have to
6:2Hear, you mountains, Yahweh's
And you enduring foundations of the
For Yahweh has a controversy with his
And he will contend with Israel.
6:3My people, what have I done to you?
How have I burdened you?
6:4For I brought you up out of the land
And redeemed you out of the house of
I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and
6:5My people, remember now what Balak king of Moab devised,
And what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim
That you may know the righteous acts of
6:6How shall I come before Yahweh,
And bow myself before the exalted God?
Shall I come before him
with burnt offerings,
With calves a year old?
6:7Will Yahweh be pleased with thousands
With tens of thousands of rivers of oil?
Shall I give my firstborn
for my disobedience?
The fruit of my body for the sin of my
6:8He has shown you, O man, what is good.
What does Yahweh require of you, but to
To love mercy, and to walk humbly with
6:9Yahweh's voice calls to the city,
And wisdom sees your name:
"Listen to the rod,
And he who appointed it.
6:10Are there yet treasures of wickedness
in the house of the wicked,
And a short
ephah that is accursed?
6:11Shall I be pure with dishonest
And with a bag of deceitful weights?
6:12Her rich men are full of violence,
Her inhabitants speak lies,
And their tongue is deceitful in their
6:13Therefore I also have struck you with
a grievous wound.
I have made you desolate because of your
6:14You shall eat, but not be satisfied.
Your humiliation will be in your midst.
You will store up, but not save;
And that which you save I will give up to
6:15You will sow,
but won't reap.
You will tread the olives, but won't
anoint yourself with oil;
And crush grapes, but won't drink the
6:16For the statutes of Omri are kept,
And all the works of the house of Ahab.
You walk in their counsels,
That I may make you a ruin,
And her inhabitants a hissing;
And you will bear the reproach of my
7:1Misery is mine!
Indeed, I am like one who gathers the
summer fruits, as gleanings of the vinyard:
There is no cluster of grapes to eat.
My soul desires to eat the early fig.
7:2The godly man has perished out of the
And there is no one upright among men.
They all lie in wait for blood;
Every man hunts his brother with a net.
7:3Their hands are on that which is evil
to do it diligently.
The ruler and judge ask for a bribe;
And the powerful man dictates the evil
desire of his soul.
Thus they conspire together.
7:4The best of them is like a brier.
The most upright is worse than a thorn
The day of your watchmen,
Even your visitation, has come;
Now is the time of their confusion.
7:5Don't trust in a neighbor.
Don't put confidence in a friend.
With the woman lying in your embrace,
Be careful of the words of your mouth!
7:6For the son dishonors the father,
The daughter rises up against her mother,
The daughter-in-law against her
A man's enemies are the men of his own
7:7But as for me, I will look to Yahweh.
I will wait for the God of my salvation.
My God will hear me.
7:8Don't rejoice against me, my enemy.
When I fall, I will arise.
When I sit in darkness, Yahweh will be a
light to me.
7:9I will bear the indignation of Yahweh,
Because I have sinned against him,
Until he pleads my case, and executes
judgment for me.
He will bring me forth to the light.
I will see his righteousness.
7:10Then my enemy will see it,
And shame will cover her who said to me,
Where is Yahweh your God?
Then my enemy will see me
and will cover her shame.
Now she will be trodden down like the
mire of the streets.
7:11A day to build your walls--
In that day, he will extend your
7:12In that day they will come to you
from Assyria and the cities of Egypt,
And from Egypt even to the River,
And from sea to sea,
And mountain to mountain.
7:13Yet the land will be desolate because
of those who dwell therein,
For the fruit of their doings.
7:14Shepherd your people with your staff,
The flock of your heritage,
Who dwell by themselves in a forest,
In the midst of fertile pasture land, let
In Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of
7:15"As in the days of your coming
forth out of the land of Egypt,
I will show them marvelous things."
7:16The nations will see and be ashamed
of all their might.
They will lay their hand on their mouth.
Their ears will be deaf.
7:17They will lick the dust like a
Like crawling things of the earth they
shall come trembling out of their dens.
They will come with fear to Yahweh our
And will be afraid because of you.
7:18Who is a God like you, who pardons
And passes over the disobedience of the
remnant of his heritage?
He doesn't retain his
Because he delights in loving kindness.
7:19He will again have compassion on us.
He will tread our iniquities under foot;
And you will cast all their sins into the
depths of the sea.
7:20You will give truth to Jacob,
and mercy to Abraham,
As you have sworn to our fathers from the
days of old.
 back to 1:10 Beth Ophrah
means literally "House of Dust."
 back to 6:10 An ephah is a measure of volume, and a
short ephah is made smaller than a full ephah for the purpose of cheating
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