Micah 1c

1 I am Micah from Moresheth. And this is the message about Samaria and Jerusalem that the Lord gave to me when Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were the kings of Judah.

Judgment on Samaria

2 Listen, all of you!
    Earth and everything on it,
        pay close attention.
    The Lord God accuses you
        from his holy temple.
3 And he will come down
    to crush underfoot
        every pagan altar.
4 Mountains will melt
    beneath his feet
        like wax beside a fire.
    Valleys will vanish like water
        rushing down a ravine.
5 This will happen because of
    the terrible sins of Israel,
        the descendants of Jacob.
    Samaria has led Israel to sin,
    and pagan altars at Jerusalem
        have made Judah sin.

6 So the Lord will leave Samaria
        in ruins—
    merely an empty field
        where vineyards are planted.
    He will scatter its stones
        and destroy its foundations.
7 Samaria’s idols will be smashed,
        and the wages
    of temple prostitutes
        will be destroyed by fire.
    Silver and gold from those idols
    will then be used by foreigners
        as payment for prostitutes.

Judah Is Doomed

8 Because of this tragedy,
        I go barefoot and naked.
    My crying and weeping
    sound like howling wolves
        or ostriches.
9 The nation is fatally wounded.
    Judah is doomed.
        Jerusalem will fall.

10 Don’t tell it in Gath!
        Don’t even cry.
    Instead, roll in the dust
        at Beth-Leaphrah.
11 Depart naked and ashamed,
        you people of Shaphir.
    The town of Bethezel mourns
    because no one from Zaanan
        went out to help.
12 Everyone in Maroth
        hoped for the best,
    but the Lord sent disaster
        down on Jerusalem.

13 Get the war chariots ready,
        you people of Lachish.
    You led Jerusalem into sin,
        just as Israel did.
14 Now you will have to give
    a going-away gift
        to Moresheth.
    Israel’s kings will discover
    that they cannot trust
        the town of Achzib.

15 People of Mareshah,
    the Lord will send someone
        to capture your town.
    Then Israel’s glorious king
    will be forced to hide
        in Adullam Cave.
16 Judah, shave your head
    as bald as a buzzard
        and start mourning.
    Your precious children
    will be dragged off
        to a foreign country.

The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
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