1 The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Moresheth during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah —the vision he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, you peoples, all of you, ¶ listen, earth and all who live in it, ¶ that the Sovereign LORD may bear witness against you, ¶ the Lord from his holy temple.
3 Look! The LORD is coming from his dwelling place; ¶ he comes down and treads on the heights of the earth.
4 The mountains melt beneath him and the valleys split apart, ¶ like wax before the fire, ¶ like water rushing down a slope.
5 All this is because of Jacob's transgression, because of the sins of the people of Israel. ¶ What is Jacob's transgression? ¶ Is it not Samaria? ¶ What is Judah's high place? ¶ Is it not Jerusalem?
6 "Therefore I will make Samaria a heap of rubble, ¶ a place for planting vineyards. ¶ I will pour her stones into the valley ¶ and lay bare her foundations.
7 All her idols will be broken to pieces; all her temple gifts will be burned with fire; ¶ I will destroy all her images. ¶ Since she gathered her gifts from the wages of prostitutes, ¶ as the wages of prostitutes they will again be used."
8 Because of this I will weep and wail; ¶ I will go about barefoot and naked. ¶ I will howl like a jackal ¶ and moan like an owl.
9 For Samaria's plague is incurable; it has spread to Judah. ¶ It has reached the very gate of my people, ¶ even to Jerusalem itself.
10 Tell it not in Gath [^1] ; weep not at all. ¶ In Beth Ophrah [^2] roll in the dust.
11 Pass by naked and in shame, you who live in Shaphir. [^3] Those who live in Zaanan [^4] will not come out. ¶ Beth Ezel is in mourning; ¶ it no longer protects you.
12 Those who live in Maroth [^5] writhe in pain, waiting for relief, ¶ because disaster has come from the LORD, ¶ even to the gate of Jerusalem.
13 You who live in Lachish, harness fast horses to the chariot. ¶ You are where the sin of Daughter Zion began, ¶ for the transgressions of Israel were found in you.
14 Therefore you will give parting gifts to Moresheth Gath. ¶ The town of Akzib [^6] will prove deceptive ¶ to the kings of Israel.
15 I will bring a conqueror against you who live in Mareshah. [^7] The nobles of Israel ¶ will flee to Adullam.
16 Shave your head in mourning for the children in whom you delight; ¶ make yourself as bald as the vulture, ¶ for they will go from you into exile.