Micah 1

1 I am Micah from Moresheth. And this is the message about Samaria and Jerusalem that the Lord gave to me when Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah were the kings of Judah.

Judgment on Samaria

2Listen, all of you!

Earth and everything on it,

pay close attention.

The Lord God accuses you

from his holy temple.

3And he will come down

to crush underfoot

every pagan altar.

4Mountains will melt

beneath his feet

like wax beside a fire.

Valleys will vanish like water

rushing down a ravine.

5This will happen because of

the terrible sins of Israel,

the descendants of Jacob.

Samaria has led Israel to sin,

and pagan altars at Jerusalem

have made Judah sin.

6So the Lord will leave Samaria

in ruins—

merely an empty field

where vineyards are planted.

He will scatter its stones

and destroy its foundations.

7Samaria's idols will be smashed,

and the wages

of temple prostitutes

will be destroyed by fire.

Silver and gold from those idols

will then be used by foreigners

as payment for prostitutes.

Judah Is Doomed

8Because of this tragedy,

I go barefoot and naked.

My crying and weeping

sound like howling wolves

or ostriches.

9The nation is fatally wounded.

Judah is doomed.

Jerusalem will fall.

10Don't tell it in Gath!

Don't even cry.

Instead, roll in the dust

at Beth-Leaphrah.

11Depart naked and ashamed,

you people of Shaphir.

The town of Bethezel mourns

because no one from Zaanan

went out to help.

12Everyone in Maroth

hoped for the best,

but the Lord sent disaster

down on Jerusalem.

13Get the war chariots ready,

you people of Lachish.

You led Jerusalem into sin,

just as Israel did.

14Now you will have to give

a going-away gift

to Moresheth.

Israel's kings will discover

that they cannot trust

the town of Achzib.

15People of Mareshah,

the Lord will send someone

to capture your town.

Then Israel's glorious king

will be forced to hide

in Adullam Cave.

16Judah, shave your head

as bald as a vulture

and start mourning.

Your precious children

will be dragged off

to a foreign country.