The Book of Micah
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
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
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 thereof.
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
Bethezel; 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 Moreshethgath:
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 from thee.
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 hand.
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
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 of them.
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 him.
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
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 all
10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with
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.
1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the
mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the
mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow
2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us
go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob;
and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the
law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from
3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong
nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and
their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against
nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under
his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the LORD
of hosts hath spoken it.
5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his
god, and we will walk in the name of the LORD our God for ever and
6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that
halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have
7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that
was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in
mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
8 And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the
daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the
kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in
thee? is thy counsellor perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in
10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of
Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the
city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to
Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee
from the hand of thine enemies.
11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that
say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.
12 But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither
understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into
13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make
thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in
pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD, and
their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he
hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a
rod upon the cheek.
2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little
among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me
that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old,
3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she
which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren
shall return unto the children of Israel.
4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD,
in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for
now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall
come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we
raise against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword,
and the land of Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us
from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth
within our borders.
7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many
people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that
tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in
the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a
young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth
down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries,
and all thine enemies shall be cut off.
10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD,
that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will
destroy thy chariots:
11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw
down all thy strong holds:
12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and
thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing
images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work
of thine hands.
14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of
thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the
heathen, such as they have not heard.
1 Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou
before the mountains, and let the hills hear thy voice.
2 Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD's controversy, and ye
strong foundations of the earth: for the LORD hath a controversy with his
people, and he will plead with Israel.
3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein
have I wearied thee? testify against me.
4 For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and
redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses,
Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab
consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him from Shittim unto
Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.
6 Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, and bow myself
before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with
calves of a year old?
7 Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, or with
ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my
transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth
the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk
humbly with thy God?
9 The LORD's voice crieth unto the city, and the man of
wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed
10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house
of the wicked, and the scant measure that is abominable?
11 Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and
with the bag of deceitful weights?
12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the
inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in
13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee,
in making thee desolate because of thy sins.
14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting
down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt
not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the
15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt
tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine,
but shalt not drink wine.
16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of
the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee
a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall
bear the reproach of my people.
1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the
summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster
to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.
2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is
none upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every
man his brother with a net.
3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the
prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he
uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is
sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation
cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
5 Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a
guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy
6 For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth
up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a
man's enemies are the men of his own house.
7 Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the
God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
8 Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I
shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto
9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have
sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me:
he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his
10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame
shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes
shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of the
11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day
shall the decree be far removed.
12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from
Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the
river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.
13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of
them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine
heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let
them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of
Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.
16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their
might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be
17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall
move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of
the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.
18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity,
and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he
retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he
will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the
depths of the sea.
20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to
Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of