1The 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. 2Hear, 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.1.2 all ye…: Heb. ye people, all of them1.2 all that…: Heb. the fulness thereof 3For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. 4And 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.1.4 a steep…: Heb. a descent 5For 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? 6Therefore 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. 7And 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.
8Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owls.1.8 owls: Heb. daughters of the owl 9For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.1.9 her…: or, she is grievously sick of her wounds
10¶ Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.1.10 Aphrah: that is, Dust 11Pass 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.1.11 thou…: or, thou that dwellest fairly1.11 inhabitant: Heb. inhabitress1.11 Zaanan: or, The country of flocks1.11 Beth-ezel: or, A place near 12For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto the gate of Jerusalem.1.12 inhabitant: Heb. inhabitress1.12 waited…: or, was grieved 13O 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.1.13 inhabitant: Heb. inhabitress 14Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moresheth-gath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.1.14 to…: or, for Moresheth-gath1.14 Achzib: that is, A lie 15Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.1.15 inhabitant: Heb. inhabitress1.15 he…: or, the glory of Israel shall, etc 16Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.
11:1 Yer 26:18; 2Pet 1:21; 1Nya 3:12-13; Hos 1:1; Isa 1:1Neno la Bwana lilimjia Mika, Mmoreshethi, wakati wa utawala wa Yothamu, Ahazi na Hezekia, wafalme wa Yuda; ufunuo aliouona kuhusu Samaria na Yerusalemu.
21:2 Kum 4:26; 32:1; Yer 6:19; Mwa 31:50; Za 11:4; Isa 1:2Sikieni, enyi mataifa, enyi nyote,
sikilizeni, ee dunia na wote mliomo ndani yake,
ili Bwana Mwenyezi ashuhudie dhidi yenu,
Bwana kutoka Hekalu lake takatifu.
Hukumu Dhidi Ya Samaria Na Yerusalemu
31:3 Isa 18:4; 64:1; 26:21; Eze 3:12; Ebr 12:18, 19; Amo 4:13Tazama! Bwana anakuja kutoka mahali pake;
anashuka na kukanyaga
mahali palipoinuka juu pa dunia.
41:4 Za 46:2-6; Hes 16:31; Nah 1:5Milima inayeyuka chini yake
na mabonde yanagawanyika
kama nta mbele ya moto,
kama maji yatiririkayo kasi
51:5 Amo 8:14; Hos 5:5; Yer 2:18-19Yote haya ni kwa sababu ya kosa la Yakobo,
ni kwa sababu ya dhambi za nyumba ya Israeli.
Kosa la Yakobo ni lipi?
Je, sio Samaria?
Je, mahali pa juu pa Yuda pa kuabudia miungu ni nini?
Je, sio Yerusalemu?
61:6 Kum 20:6; Amo 5:11“Kwa hiyo nitaufanya Samaria kuwa lundo la kokoto,
mahali pa kuotesha mizabibu.
Nitayamwaga mawe yake katika bonde
na kuacha wazi misingi yake.
71:7 Eze 6:6; Kut 32:20; Kum 9:21; 23:17-18Sanamu zake zote
zitavunjwa vipande vipande;
zawadi zake zote za Hekalu
zitachomwa kwa moto;
nitaharibu vinyago vyake vyote.
Kwa kuwa alikusanya zawadi zake
kutokana na ujira wa kahaba,
nazo zitatumika tena
kulipa mishahara ya kahaba.”
Kulia Na Kuomboleza
81:8 Isa 15:3; 20:2Kwa ajili ya hili nitalia na kuomboleza;
nitatembea bila viatu na tena uchi.
Nitabweka kama mbweha
na kuomboleza kama bundi.
91:9 Yer 46:11; 10:19; 2Fal 18:13; Isa 3:26Kwa sababu jeraha lake halitibiki;
Limefika hasa kwenye lango la watu wangu,
hata Yerusalemu kwenyewe.
10Usiliseme hili huko Gathi;
usilie hata kidogo.
111:11 Eze 23:29Piteni mkiwa uchi na wenye aibu,
ninyi mkaao Shafiri.
Wale waishio Saanani
Beth-Eseli iko katika maombolezo;
kinga yake imeondolewa kwako.
121:12 Yer 14:19; 40:2Wale waishio Marothi wanagaagaa kwa maumivu
kwa sababu maangamizi yamekuja
kutoka kwa Bwana,
hata katika lango la Yerusalemu.
131:13 Yos 10:3; Za 9:14Enyi mkaao Lakishi,
fungeni farasi kwenye magari ya vita.
Mlikuwa chanzo cha dhambi
kwa Binti Sayuni,
kwa kuwa makosa ya Israeli
141:14 2Fal 16:8; Yos 15:44; Yer 15:18Kwa hiyo utaipa Moresheth-Gathi
zawadi za kuagana.
Mji wa Akzibu utaonyesha wazi udanganyifu
kwa wafalme wa Israeli.
151:15 Yos 15:44; 12:15Nitawaleteeni atakayewashinda
ninyi mnaoishi Maresha.
Yeye aliye utukufu wa Israeli
161:16 Law 13:40; Ay 1:20; 2Fal 18:13; Amo 5:27; Kum 4:27Nyoeni nywele zenu katika kuomboleza
kwa ajili ya watoto wenu mnaowafurahia;
jifanyieni upara kama tai,
kwa kuwa watawaacha
na kwenda uhamishoni.