1 The word of Yahweh that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, that he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem:
give heed, O earth and its fullness.
And let the Lord Yahweh be against you as a witness,
the Lord from ⌊his holy temple⌋.a
and he will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.
and the valleys will burst open,
like wax before the fire,
like water rushing down a slope.
and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the rebellion of Jacob?
Is it not Samaria?
And what are the high places of Judah?
Are they not Jerusalem?
a place for planting a vineyard.
And I will pour down her stones into the valley
and uncover her foundations.
and all her prostitution wages will be burned in the fire,
and all her idols I will make a desolation,
For from the wage of a prostitute she gathered them,
and to the wage of a prostitute they will return.
I will go about barefoot and naked.
I will make a lamentation like the jackals,
and a mourning ceremony like the ⌊ostriches⌋.b
because it has come to Judah.
It has reached to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem.
you must not weep at all.
roll yourself in dust.
in naked shame.
The inhabitants of Zaanan do not come forth;
the wailing of Beth-ha-Ezel will take its protection from you.
writhed for good,
because disaster has come down from Yahweh
to the gate of Jerusalem.
O inhabitants of Lachish;
it is the beginning of sin
for the daughter of Zion,
for the transgressions of Israel
were found in you.
the houses of Achzib will be a deception
to the kings of Israel.
O inhabitants of Mareshah;
the glory of Israel
will come to Adullam.
and cut off your hair
for the children of your pleasure.
Expand your baldness as the eagle,
for they will go into exile away from you.
2 Woe to those who plan wickedness
and evil deeds upon their beds!
In the light of the morning they did it,
because they have power in their hands.
and houses, and they take them away.
They oppress a man and his house;
a man and his inheritance.
and will wail a bitter wailing, saying,
“We are utterly ruined;
he exchanges the portion of my people.
How he removes it from me;
he apportions our field to an apostate.”
in the assembly of Yahweh.
They should not preach to these;
disgrace will not overtake us.
Is the patiencea of Yahweh shortened?
Are these his deeds?
Are my words not pleasing
to him who walks upright?
8 But ⌊recently⌋b my people have risen up as an enemy;
from before the cloak you strip off the robe
from those passing by in confidence,
returning from war.
from the houses of theirc pleasure.
From theird children you have taken away
my glory forever.
for this is no resting place,
on account of uncleanness that destroys
with painful destruction.
saying “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,”
then he would be a preacher for this people!
I will surely gather together the remainder of Israel.
I will set them like sheep of Bozrah.
Like a herd in the midst of their pasture
they will be in tumult from people.
they break through and pass the gate,
going out through it.
Their king passes before them,
Yahweh at their head.
3 And I said,
“Listen, O heads of Jacob
and leaders of the house of Israel!
Is it not for you to know justice?
and lovers of evil,
who tear their skin from them
and their flesh from their bones,
and strip their skin from them,
and break their bones,
and chop them like meat in the pot,
and like flesh in the midst of a cooking pot.”
but he will not answer them.
He will hide his face from them at that time,
when they have made their deeds evil.
who are leading my people astray,
who are biting with their teeth
and proclaim, “Peace,”
but whoever puts nothing into their mouths
they declare war against.
and darkness to you, without divination.
And the sun will set on the prophets,
and the day will grow dark over them.
and those practicing divination will be put to shame.
All of them will cover their lips,
for there is no reply from God.
with the Spirit of Yahweh,
and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his rebellion,
and to Israel his sin.
and leaders of the house of Israel,
those detesting justice
and perverting all that is right,
and Jerusalem with wickedness.
its priests teach for a price;
its prophets practice divination for money.
But they lean on Yahweh, saying,
“Is not Yahweh in our midst?
Disaster will not come upon us.”
Zion will be plowed as a field,
and Jerusalem will be a heap of rubble,
and ⌊the temple mount⌋a as a high place in a forest.
4 And it will be that at the end of those days,
the mountain of the house of Yahweh
will be established as the highest of the mountains,
and it will be lifted up above the hills,
and people will stream to it.
“Come! Let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh,
and to the ⌊temple⌋a of the God of Jacob,
that he may teach us his ways,
and that we may walk in his paths,”
for the law will go out from Zion,
and the word of Yahweh from Jerusalem.
and will arbitrate for strong nations far away;
and they will beat their swords into plowshares
and their spears into pruning hooks;
nation will not lift up a sword against a nation,
and they will no longer learn war.
and under his fig tree,
and no one will make them afraid,
for the mouth of Yahweh of hosts has spoken.
each in the name of its god,
but we will walk in the name of Yahweh our God,
forever and ever.
6 “In that day,” ⌊declares Yahweh,⌋b
“I will assemble the one who limps,
and I will gather the one who has been scattered,
and those whom I have mistreated.
and the one driven far away a strong nation,
and Yahweh will reign over them on Mount Zion
from now to forever.
8 And you, O Migdal-Eder,c
hill of the daughter of Zion,
to you it will come,
and the former dominion will come,
the reign of the daughter of Jerusalem.
Is there no king in you?
Has your counselor perished
that pangs like a woman in labor have seized you?
like a woman in labor.
For now you will go forth from the city,
and you will camp in the field;
you will go to Babylon.
There you will be rescued;
there Yahweh will redeem you
from the hand of your enemies.
who are saying, ‘Let her be defiled,
and let our eyes gaze upon Zion.’
and they do not understand his plan,
that he has gathered them as sheaves
to his threshing floor.
for your horn I will make as iron
and your hooves as bronze.
And you will break many peoples in pieces,
and their gain you will devote to destruction to Yahweh,
and their wealth to the Lord of the whole earth.”
5 a Now muster troops, O daughter of troops;
a siege he puts against us.
They strike the ruler of Israel
with a rod on the cheek.
Literally “the temple of his holiness”
Literally “daughters of an ostrich”
Literally “the mountain of the house”
Literally “a declaration of Yahweh”
Or “tower of the flock”
Micah 5:1–15 in the English Bible is 4:14–5:14 in the Hebrew Bible