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
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
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 Beth-ezel; 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 Moresheth-gath: 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
1 Woe to them that
devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning
is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their
2 And they covet fields, and take them by violence; and houses,
and take them away: so they oppress a man and his house, even
a man and his heritage.
3 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family
do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks;
neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.
4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament
with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled:
he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed
it from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.
5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot
in the congregation of the LORD.
6 Prophesy ye not, say they to them that prophesy: they shall
not prophesy to them, that they shall not take shame.
7 O thou that art named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of
the LORD straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do
good to him that walketh uprightly?
8 Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off
the robe with the garment from them that pass by securely as
men averse from war.
9 The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant
houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for
10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because
it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.
11 If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying,
I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall
even be the prophet of this people.
12 I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely
gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the
sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they
shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.
13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up,
and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and
their king shall pass before them, and the LORD on the head
1 And I said, Hear,
I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of
Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?
2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their
skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from
off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces,
as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them:
he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have
behaved themselves ill in their doings.
5 Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people
err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that
putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against
6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that ye shall not have
a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine;
and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall
be dark over them.
7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded:
yea, they shall all cover their lips; for there is no answer
8 But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and
of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression,
and to Israel his sin.
9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and
princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert
10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof
teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet
will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among
us? none evil can come upon us.
12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field,
and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house
as the high places of the forest.