1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah the Morashthite in the days of Jotham, Achaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, which he foresaw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, ye people, altogether; listen, O earth, with all that filleth it: and let the Lord Eternal be witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.
3 For, behold, the Lord cometh forth out of his residence; and he will come down, and will step along upon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountains shall melt beneath him, and the valleys shall cleave in twain, like wax melteth before the fire, like water poured out on a declivity.
5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. Who caused the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and who caused the highplaces of Judah? is it not Jerusalem?
6 Therefore will I change Samaria into stoneheaps on the field, into vineyard plantations: and I will hurl down into the valley her stones, and her foundations will I lay open.
7 And all her graven images shall he beaten to pieces, and all her wages of sin shall be burnt with the fire, and all her idols will I make desolate; for from harlots wages she gathered them, and for harlots wages shall they be used again.
8 For this will I lament and wail; I will go confused and naked: I will make a lament like the crocodiles, and mourning like the ostriches.
9 For her wounds arc incurable; for the evil is come even unto Judah; the enemy hath reached as far as the gate of my people, even up to Jerusalem.
10 Tell it not at Gath, weep ye not loudly there: in Bethleaphrah roll thyself in the dust.
11 Pass ye away, ye inhabitants of Shaphir, having your shame laid bare: the inhabitress of Zaanan cometh not forth any more; the mourning of Bethhaezel taketh from you its halting place.
12 For the inhabitress of Maroth is grieved for the lost good; because evil came down from the Lord unto the gate of Jerusalem.
13 Bind the chariot to the swift horses, O inhabitress of Lachish: the beginning of sin was she to the daughter of Zion; for in thee were found the transgressions of Israel.
14 Therefore shalt thou have to give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall become a deception to the kings of Israel.
15 Yet will I bring an enemy as heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: as far as Adullam shall withdraw the glory of Israel.
16 Make thyself bald, and cut off thy hair for the children of thy delight; enlarge thy baldness like the eagle; because they are gone into exile from thee.