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1The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moʹresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiʹah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samarʹia and Jerusalem.

2Hear, you peoples, all of you;

hearken, O earth, and all that is in it;

and let the Lord God be a witness against you,

the Lord from his holy temple.

3For behold, the Lord is coming forth out of his place,

and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.

4And the mountains will melt under him

and the valleys will be cleft,

like wax before the fire,

like waters poured down a steep place.

5All this is for the transgression of Jacob

and for the sins of the house of Israel.

What is the transgression of Jacob?

Is it not Samarʹia?

And what is the sin of the house of Judah?

Is it not Jerusalem?

6Therefore I will make Samarʹia a heap in the open country,

a place for planting vineyards;

and I will pour down her stones into the valley,

and uncover her foundations.

7All her images shall be beaten to pieces,

all her hires shall be burned with fire,

and all her idols I will lay waste;

for from the hire of a harlot she gathered them,

and to the hire of a harlot they shall return.

8For this I will lament and wail;

I will go stripped and naked;

I will make lamentation like the jackals,

and mourning like the ostriches.

9For her wound is incurable;

and it has come to Judah,

it has reached to the gate of my people,

to Jerusalem.

10Tell it not in Gath,

weep not at all;

in Beth-le-aphʹrah

roll yourselves in the dust.

11Pass on your way,

inhabitants of Shaphir,

in nakedness and shame;

the inhabitants of Zaʹanan

do not come forth;

the wailing of Beth-eʹzel

shall take away from you its standing place.

12For the inhabitants of Maroth

wait anxiously for good,

because evil has come down from the Lord

to the gate of Jerusalem.

13Harness the steeds to the chariots,

inhabitants of Lachish;

you were the beginning of sin

to the daughter of Zion,

for in you were found

the transgressions of Israel.

14Therefore you shall give parting gifts

to Moʹresheth-gath;

the houses of Achzib shall be a deceitful thing

to the kings of Israel.

15I will again bring a conqueror upon you,

inhabitants of Mareʹshah;

the glory of Israel

shall come to Adullam.

16Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair,

for the children of your delight;

make yourselves as bald as the eagle,

for they shall go from you into exile.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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