|Ward Green Version, 2003||American Standard Version, 1901|
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1The word of Jehovah that came through Micah (`Micah' = `who is like God') of Moresheth Gath (`Moresheth Gath' = `possession of a winepress') that he visioned at Samaria (`Samaria' = `watch mountain') and Jerusalem (`Jerusalem' = `city of dual peace') in the days of Jotham (`Jotham' = `Jehovah is perfect'), Ahaz (`Ahaz'= `he has grasped'), Hezekiah (`Hezekiah' = `Jehovah is my strength')-- Kings of Judah (`Judah' = `celebrated'):
2Listen all you people! May the entire earth pay attention! The Sovereign Lord Jehovah comes as a witness against you, The Sovereign Lord from his holy temple.
3For, look! Jehovah is breaking out of his place in order to bring down and trample the high places of worship of the land.
4The mountains have fainted dead away, and the valleys have been opened up, like wax that is melted before the fire, or as when waters flow down a narrow place.
5All of this-- for the revolt of Jacob and for the sin of the family of Israel. Who of Jacob is the revolter? Is she not Samaria? Who of Judah may be the most celebrated? Is she not Jerusalem, city of twin hills of peace?
6Thus-- I assign the watch mountain of Samaria to a heap of ruins, the field for planting of a vineyard, pouring out even her very stones into the gorges below and so laying her foundation bare.
7All of her carved images will be laid flat, all of her presents will be consumed by fire. I will destroy all of her idols. As rewards of harlotry she gathered them and as the rewards of harlotry they will be returned.
8I do mourn over this. I walk howling, barefoot and naked. I fit a lamentation for the great jackal, or a lamentation for the daughter of the owl.
9Her wound is as incurable. It came as far as Judah, and it has reached even to the gates of my people, even as far as the city of two-fold peace, Jerusalem.
10In the winepress of Gath do not tell it, do not lament over it. At a house of dust lament, at Aphrath lament over it. Wallow in the dust. Take a dust bath as an act of mourning.
11Escape, you inhabitants of beautiful Shaphir, naked and in shame. The sheep of Zanaan have not departed. By mourning of the narrows of Beth-ezel your standing place has been reduced.
12While those bitter springs of Maroth are put to pains in awaiting pleasure, Jehovah brings down evil itself to the gate of Jerusalem.
13Yoke the chariot to a team, Lachish, O invincible she! The daughter of Zion has taken hold of the firstfruits of sin by you, for in you were the sins of Israel.
14So you shall bring a dowery unto the possession of Gath, even Moresheth of Gath. Deceitful daughters are as unfaithful to the Kings of Israel.
15Once more will an heir come to marry in the heights of Mareshah, and to the justice of the people, to Adullam, the glory of Israel will come.
16Make yourself bald, and cut off your hair on account of your sons of exquisite delight. Do enlarge your baldness like that of an eagle, for they have gone away from you, naked, into captivity.
© 2008 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Micah 1 1
The word of Jehovah that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
Micah 1 2
Hear, ye peoples, all of you: hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord Jehovah be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.
Micah 1 3
For, behold, Jehovah cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
Micah 1 4
And the mountains shall be melted under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the fire, as waters that are poured down a steep place.
Micah 1 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?
Micah 1 6
Therefore I will make Samaria as a heap of the field, [and] as places for planting vineyards; and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will uncover the foundations thereof.
Micah 1 7
And all her graven images shall be beaten to pieces, and all her hires shall be burned with fire, and all her idols will I lay desolate; for of the hire of a harlot hath she gathered them, and unto the hire of a harlot shall they return.
Micah 1 8
For this will I lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make a wailing like the jackals, and a lamentation like the ostriches.
Micah 1 9
For her wounds are incurable; for it is come even unto Judah; it reacheth unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
Micah 1 10
Tell it not in Gath, weep not at all: at Beth-le-aphrah have I rolled myself in the dust.
Micah 1 11
Pass away, O inhabitant of Shaphir, in nakedness and shame: the inhabitant of Zaanan is not come forth; the wailing of Beth-ezel shall take from you the stay thereof.
Micah 1 12
For the inhabitant of Maroth waiteth anxiously for good, because evil is come down from Jehovah unto the gate of Jerusalem.
Micah 1 13
Bind the chariot to the swift steed, O inhabitant of Lachish: she was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion; for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.
Micah 1 14
Therefore shalt thou give a parting gift to Moresheth-gath: the houses of Achzib shall be a deceitful thing unto the kings of Israel.
Micah 1 15
I will yet bring unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah, him that shall possess thee: the glory of Israel shall come even unto Adullam.
Micah 1 16
Make thee bald, and cut off thy hair for the children of thy delight: enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.