King James VersionMicah1


1 The word of the LORD that came to Mic­ah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezeki­ah, kings of Ju­dah, which he saw con­cern­ing Samaria and Jerusalem. 2 Hear, all ye peo­ple; hear­ken, O earth, and all that there­in is: and let the Lord GOD be wit­ness against you, the Lord from his holy tem­ple. 3 For, be­hold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. 4 And the moun­tains shall be molten un­der him, and the val­leys shall be cleft, as wax be­fore the fire, and as the wa­ters that are poured down a steep place. 5 For the trans­gres­sion of Ja­cob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Is­rael. What is the trans­gres­sion of Ja­cob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Ju­dah? are they not Jerusalem? 6 There­fore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plant­ings of a vine­yard: and I will pour down the stones there­of into the val­ley, and I will dis­cov­er the foun­da­tions there­of. 7 And all the graven im­ages there­of shall be beat­en to pieces, and all the hires there­of shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols there­of will I lay des­o­late: for she gath­ered it of the hire of an har­lot, and they shall re­turn to the hire of an har­lot. 8 There­fore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wail­ing like the drag­ons, and mourn­ing as the owls. 9 For her wound is in­cur­able; for it is come unto Ju­dah; he is come unto the gate of my peo­ple, even to Jerusalem. 10 De­clare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thy­self in the dust. 11 Pass ye away, thou in­hab­i­tant of Saphir, hav­ing thy shame naked: the in­hab­i­tant of Za­anan came not forth in the mourn­ing of Bethezel; he shall re­ceive of you his stand­ing. 12 For the in­hab­i­tant of Maroth wait­ed care­ful­ly for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem. 13 O thou in­hab­i­tant of Lachish, bind the char­i­ot to the swift beast: she is the be­gin­ning of the sin to the daugh­ter of Zion: for the trans­gres­sions of Is­rael were found in thee. 14 There­fore shalt thou give pre­sents to More­sheth­gath: the hous­es of Achz­ib shall be a lie to the kings of Is­rael. 15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O in­hab­i­tant of Mare­shah: he shall come unto Adul­lam the glo­ry of Is­rael. 16 Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy del­i­cate chil­dren; en­large thy bald­ness as the ea­gle; for they are gone into cap­tiv­i­ty from thee.