New International Reader's Version

Micah 1

1A message from the Lord came to Micah. He was from the town of Moresheth. The message came while Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. This is the vision Micah saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. Here is what he said.

Listen to me, all you nations!
    Earth and everyone who lives in it, pay attention!
The Lord and King will be a witness against you.
    The Lord will speak from his holy temple in heaven.

The Lord Will Judge Samaria and Jerusalem

The Lord is about to come down
    from his home in heaven.
    He rules over even the highest places on earth.
The mountains will melt under him
    like wax near a fire.
The valleys will be broken apart
    by water rushing down a slope.
All this will happen because
    Jacob’s people have done what is wrong.
The people of Israel
    have committed many sins.
Who is to blame
    for the wrong things Jacob has done?
    Samaria!
Who is to blame for the high places
    where Judah’s people worship other gods?
    Jerusalem!

So the Lord says,

“I will turn Samaria into a pile of trash.
    It will become a place for planting vineyards.
I will dump its stones down into the valley.
    And I will destroy it
    down to its very foundations.
All the statues of Samaria’s gods
    will be broken to pieces.
All the gifts its people gave to temple prostitutes
    will be burned with fire.
    I will destroy all the statues of its gods.
Samaria collected gifts that were paid to temple prostitutes.
    So the Assyrians will use the gifts
    to pay their own temple prostitutes.”

Micah Weeps Over His People

I will weep and mourn because Samaria will be destroyed.
    I’ll walk around barefoot and naked.
I’ll bark like a wild dog.
    I’ll hoot like an owl.
Samaria’s plague can’t be healed.
    The plague has spread to Judah.
It has spread right up to the gate of my people.
    It has spread to Jerusalem itself.
10 Don’t tell the people of Gath about it.
    Don’t let them see you weep.
    People in Beth Ophrah, roll in the dust.
11 You who live in the town of Shaphir,
    leave naked and in shame.
Those who live in Zaanan
    won’t come out to help you.
The people in Beth Ezel will mourn.
    They won’t be able to help keep you safe any longer.
12 Those who live in Maroth will groan with pain
    as they wait for help.
That’s because the Lord will bring trouble on them.
    It will reach the very gate of Jerusalem.
13 You who live in Lachish,
    get your fast horses ready to pull their chariots.
You trust in military power.
    Lachish was where sin began
    for the people of Zion.
The wrong things Israel did
    were also done by you.
14 People of Judah, you might as well say goodbye
    to Moresheth near Gath.
The town of Akzib won’t give any help
    to the kings of Israel.
15 An enemy will attack
    you who live in Mareshah.
Israel’s nobles will have to run away
    and hide in the cave of Adullam.
16 The children you enjoy so much
    will be taken away as prisoners.
So shave your heads and mourn.
    Make them as bare as the head of a vulture.

New Living Translation

Micah 1

1The Lord gave this message to Micah of Moresheth during the years when Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were kings of Judah. The visions he saw concerned both Samaria and Jerusalem.

Grief over Samaria and Jerusalem

Attention! Let all the people of the world listen!
    Let the earth and everything in it hear.
The Sovereign Lord is making accusations against you;
    the Lord speaks from his holy Temple.
Look! The Lord is coming!
    He leaves his throne in heaven
    and tramples the heights of the earth.
The mountains melt beneath his feet
    and flow into the valleys
like wax in a fire,
    like water pouring down a hill.
And why is this happening?
    Because of the rebellion of Israel[a]
    yes, the sins of the whole nation.
Who is to blame for Israel’s rebellion?
    Samaria, its capital city!
Where is the center of idolatry in Judah?
    In Jerusalem, its capital!

“So I, the Lord, will make the city of Samaria
    a heap of ruins.
Her streets will be plowed up
    for planting vineyards.
I will roll the stones of her walls into the valley below,
    exposing her foundations.
All her carved images will be smashed.
    All her sacred treasures will be burned.
These things were bought with the money
    earned by her prostitution,
and they will now be carried away
    to pay prostitutes elsewhere.”

Therefore, I will mourn and lament.
    I will walk around barefoot and naked.
I will howl like a jackal
    and moan like an owl.
For my people’s wound
    is too deep to heal.
It has reached into Judah,
    even to the gates of Jerusalem.

10 Don’t tell our enemies in Gath[b];
    don’t weep at all.
You people in Beth-leaphrah,[c]
    roll in the dust to show your despair.
11 You people in Shaphir,[d]
    go as captives into exile—naked and ashamed.
The people of Zaanan[e]
    dare not come outside their walls.
The people of Beth-ezel[f] mourn,
    for their house has no support.
12 The people of Maroth[g] anxiously wait for relief,
    but only bitterness awaits them
as the Lord’s judgment reaches
    even to the gates of Jerusalem.

13 Harness your chariot horses and flee,
    you people of Lachish.[h]
You were the first city in Judah
    to follow Israel in her rebellion,
    and you led Jerusalem[i] into sin.
14 Send farewell gifts to Moresheth-gath[j];
    there is no hope of saving it.
The town of Aczib[k]
    has deceived the kings of Israel.
15 O people of Mareshah,[l]
    I will bring a conqueror to capture your town.
And the leaders[m] of Israel
    will go to Adullam.

16 Oh, people of Judah, shave your heads in sorrow,
    for the children you love will be snatched away.
Make yourselves as bald as a vulture,
    for your little ones will be exiled to distant lands.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:5 Hebrew Jacob; also in 1:5b. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation.
  2. 1:10a Gath sounds like the Hebrew term for “tell.”
  3. 1:10b Beth-leaphrah means “house of dust.”
  4. 1:11a Shaphir means “pleasant.”
  5. 1:11b Zaanan sounds like the Hebrew term for “come out.”
  6. 1:11c Beth-ezel means “adjoining house.”
  7. 1:12 Maroth sounds like the Hebrew term for “bitter.”
  8. 1:13a Lachish sounds like the Hebrew term for “team of horses.”
  9. 1:13b Hebrew the daughter of Zion.
  10. 1:14a Moresheth sounds like the Hebrew term for “gift” or “dowry.”
  11. 1:14b Aczib means “deception.”
  12. 1:15a Mareshah sounds like the Hebrew term for “conqueror.”
  13. 1:15b Hebrew the glory.