Micah

From the Greek Septuagint text as was used by First Century Christians
A prophecy against Samaria (the northern ten-tribe kingdom) and Jerusalem,
which was written around 750-BCE.

Chapter 1

1 These words of Jehovah came to MicAh the Morasthite in the days of JoTham, Ahaz, and HezekiAh (kings of Judah), over the things He saw concerning Samaria and JeruSalem.

2 'Hear these words, O you peoples!
Also pay attention, you lands,
And all who are dwelling within you!
For, out of His Holy [Temple],
Jehovah will now testify.

3 {Look!} The Lord will come from His place;
He'll come down and upon the high places,
He will seat Himself in the heights.

4 Then the mountains will shake underneath Him,
And like beeswax in fire, the valleys will melt,
Flowing like water that rolls down a slope.

5 'All of these things [will take place],
Because of Jacob's irreverent ways,
And because of the sins of IsraEl's house.

'Isn't Samaria the irreverence of Jacob,
And the sin of Judah, JeruSalem?

6 'So I'll turn Samaria into a barn,
Where the fruits of the fields can be stored,
Along with the [grapes] of the vineyards.
I'll tear down her stones in great chaos,
And her foundations, I'll uncover.

7 'I'll cut her carved idols to pieces;
Her temple whores, I'll burn in a fire,
And appoint her idols to extinction.
For, she hired whores and gathered them there…
So the wages whores, I'll destroy.

8 'For this, she'll wail and beat on her breasts…
She will go barefoot and naked…
She'll beat on her chest like a dragon,
And mourn like the daughters of chained demons.

9 'The calamity upon her, will surely arrive;
For she went to JeruSalem and Judah,
And touched the gates of My people.

10 'Now, you in Gath; don't feel that you're special,
Nor should you who live in BakaIm
Don't laugh as you're trying to rebuild your homes,
For the land will be strewn with your laughter,
11 And no good will come to your cities.

'Those in ZaAnan will beat on their breasts,
On behalf of the houses next door…
They'll be grieved by the things that will happen.

12 'Then, who will console her when she is so sad?
For the bad that will come from Jehovah,
Will reach all the way to JeruSalem's gates.

13 'They'll hear the sounds of chariots and riders,
[Attacking] those dwelling in LachIsh.
For, they're the ones who've been taking the lead,
In the sins of the daughters of Zion…
All IsraEl's godless deeds can be found there!

14 'Because of this, they'll be carried away,
As the inheritance of Gath.
[They'll be sent] to the poorest of homes,
Where even IsraEl's kings will have little value.

15 'Yes, [Gath's] inheritance, they will become…
The people of LachIsh will then be their [slaves].
And off to AdulLam, they will carry,
The glory of IsraEl's daughters.

16 'So, shave [the heads of] your beloved young…
Make them as bald as the vultures;
For they'll all be carried away.'

Chapter 2

1 When they came, they were looking for trouble,
And doing what's bad in their beds.
They did this during the daytime,
And toward God, would not raise their hands.

2 Because they desired more fields,
They plundered orphans and tyrannized homes…
They plundered the people and houses…
Both the men and the things they'd inherit.'

3 It's because of this, that thus says Jehovah:
'{Look!} Against their tribe, I'm bringing what's bad,
And no way will they then lift their necks,
Or in any way will they walk erect;
Since, this will be a bad time for them!

4 'In that day, they will speak these words about you…
They'll raise this lament in a song:

'In our miserable condition, we knew misery,
For our people were [led off in] lines,
And no one [came] to stop this,
Or to bargain for their return;
So their fields were then divided [as loot].

5 'Now, no one will measure allotments,
Among the Lord's congregation.
6 So, weep [many] tears and cry for these things,
Because He won't remove all their scorn.

7 'And then, they will say this about them:

'The house of Jacob provoked,
Jehovah's Spirit to rage!
For, isn't this just how He does things…
Aren't all His words good and all His ways straight?

8 '[Through the years], My people have shown,
A hatred and resistance to peace.
So they flayed the skin [of those passing by],
[And brought on themselves] the conflict of war.

9 'Now, the leaders of My people will be thrown from their homes…
They'll be pushed out, because they're so wicked.
So, flee to the mountain of the ages;
10 Since for you, there will be no rest,
Because you've become unclean and corrupt!

11 'So you'll run, when no one is chasing,
Because of your lying spirit,
Which trickles upon you like the wine and strong drink,
That comes from the sweat of your people.

12 'But after some time, they will return…
Yes, Jacob will be gathered along with the rest…
For I'll search for the remnants of IsraEl.

'I'll collect them and then I'll return them,
As sheep that have gone through hard times…
They'll jump away from those men,
And then, in the midst of their pasture,
They will all live as one flock.

13 'They'll [run] though the breach that's before them;
For the gate will be cut so they can escape.
And before them, will travel their king,
As Jehovah will be their [true] leader.'

Chapter 3

1 But now, He says:
'Hear indeed, O you head ones of Jacob,
And those who remain of IsraEl's house!
When will you learn to do what is fair?

2 'O you who hate good and search for what's bad;
They'll reach out for you and tear off your skin,
Then rip your flesh from your bones,
3 The same as you've eaten the flesh of My people,
And flayed off all of their skin…
As you broke their bones as flesh for the pot,
And as meat for the cauldron.

4 'Then, you will cry out to Jehovah,
But, He won't listen to you.
He'll turn His face in that time,
For you just did things that were wicked.'

5 And thus says the Lord concerning the prophets…
To those misleading His people…
Those clenching their teeth as they proclaim peace,
When [God has put] no [words] in their mouths…
And then, a holy war came upon them.

6 'Because [you have spoken] such things;
During the nights, you will not see visions…
You'll just see darkness (not light).
For the sun will set on those prophets,
And the days will darken upon them.

7 'Disgrace will come to those who see dreams…
And those telling the future will be ridiculed.
Yes, all will speak badly about them,
And no longer pay them attention.'

8 However, I will be filled,
With the strength and the Breath of Jehovah,
As well as with His justice and might,
So I can report the irreverence of Jacob,
And speak to IsraEl about all their sins.

9 Hear all these things, O leaders of Jacob,
And you remnants of IsraEl's house…
You who hate what is fair and twist what is straight…
10 You who've built Zion on blood,
And filled JeruSalem with injustice!

11 For her leaders take bribes when they judge;
Her priests require a wage for replies;
And her prophets ask for silver to speak prophecies.
Yet, they still rest on the Lord and they say:
'Isn't Jehovah among us?
There's no way that He'll bring bad upon us!'

12 And it's for all of these reasons,
That Zion will be plowed like a field;
JeruSalem will become empty barns;
And the Temple Mount will be just a place in the woods.

Chapter 4

1 But, in the last days,
The Mountain of Jehovah will once more be seen,
Sitting above the rest of the mountains,
Raised higher than all of the hills;
And to it, all the peoples will run.

2 Many nations will go there and say:
'Let's ascend the Mountain of Jehovah,
And let's enter the [Temple] of Jacob's God.
For there, He will show us His ways,
And we will then walk in His paths!'

For, Laws will come out of Zion…
And from JeruSalem, the Word of the Lord!
3 Then He'll serve as judge between peoples,
And decide among distant nations.

'Then they'll cut their swords into plows,
And their spears, [they'll beat] into sickles.
Nation won't rise against nation…
Nor will they learn war anymore.

4 'Then, under their grapevines, each one will rest,
And beneath their own fig trees,
For no one will make them afraid anymore.'
(This was said by the mouth of Jehovah the Almighty.)

5 Though all the peoples may go their own way;
We will walk in the Name of our God,
From now and into the ages.

6 'It will be in that day,' says Jehovah;
'That I'll gather the one who was broken,
And who was [once] thrown away…
For I'll welcome back those I rejected.

7 'I'll accept this one who was broken,
And I will make a great nation
Of those whom I once pushed away.
From Mount Zion, they'll be ruled by the Lord,
Thereafter and into the ages.

8 'But on you, O tower of the flock…
On you, O JeruSalem's daughter,
And austere daughter of Zion;
The foremost of Babylon's kings,
Will come here and enter your [gates]!

9 'So, why have you learned to do such bad things…
Wasn't there a king here among you,
And has good council all perished?

'So, hang through your birth pangs as one who gives birth…
10 Hang on and take courage, O daughter of Zion,
Like [a woman] who's about to give birth!

'For what's coming to you is a city,
That will set up its camps in your plains;
And then, to Babylon, they'll take you…
But your God, Jehovah, will save you from there,
And ransom you from your enemy's hands.

11 'Now, many nations have gathered against you,
And this is what they are saying:
We'll rejoice as our eyes gaze on Zion!

12 'Yet, they don't know the ways of Jehovah,
And His council, they don't understand.
For like sheaves [of grain], they'll be gathered,
And on a threshing floor, they'll be piled,
13 So that you can get up and thresh them,
O [great] daughter of Zion!
For I'll turn your horns into iron,
And I'll turn your hoofs into brass.

'I will dissolve many peoples,
Then, you will present their abundance…
Yes, all their strength to the Lord of the earth.'

Chapter 5

1 'The daughter of Zion has reason to fear,
For upon her, He's decreed war,
And they'll strike IsraEl's tribes on the jaw!

2 'As for you, O BethLehem of EphRatha
(The few among the thousands of Judah);
From out of you will come forth,
A man who'll be IsraEl's ruler,
Whose [roots] are from the most ancient times,
And from the days of the ages.

'3 'And because of this, He'll appoint her,
A time that will be [like the giving] of birth.
And she will thereafter give birth,
To the remnant of those who are his brothers,
And to the sons of IsraEl, they will return.

4 'Then, by the strength of Jehovah,
A shepherd will rise to [watch over] them,
And they'll bask in the glory of the Name of their God,
Which will then become known to the ends of the earth.

5 'This is [the sign that there will be] peace:
When the Assyrians come up to your land,
And when they climb onto your place.

'Seven shepherds will then rise against them,
[And whip them] with the eight strokes of men.

6 'They'll shepherd Assyria with a broadsword,
And the land of Nimrod [will serve as] her grave.
For, from the Assyrians, He'll save you,
When against your land, they ascend,
And when they've crossed over your borders.

7 'And the few remaining of Jacob,
Will [be scattered] among many peoples.
But, like the dew that falls from the Lord,
And like the lambs [that are fed] on wild grass;
They will be gathered by no one,
Nor among sons of men, will they stand.

8 'And though the remnant of Jacob,
Will be [scattered] among all the nations,
And dwell among many peoples;
Like lions among cattle, they'll be,
And as bear cubs among flocks of sheep.

'They will go through and scatter their prey…
None of which will be saved.
9 They will lift their hands against their opponents,
And their enemies will all be destroyed.

10 'But [before] that day,' says Jehovah;
'I will destroy all your horses,
And your chariots, I'll also destroy.
11 All the cities in your land, I'll destroy,
And I will remove all your forts.

12 'From your hands, I'll wipe [magic] potions,
And there'll be no fortune tellers among you.
13 I'll also destroy all the idols you've carved,
And remove the sacred stones from your midst…
You'll [no longer] bow to the works of your hands.

14 'I'll cut down all of your sacred poles,
And wipe away all of your cities.
15 Then, in My anger and rage,
I'll send vengeance upon all the nations;
Because, they too failed to listen!'

Chapter 6

1 Hear indeed, what Jehovah has said!
Arise and plead with the mountains…
Let all the hills hear what He's said!

2 Listen, O mountains, to the judgments of God…
You foundations of earth and its valleys!
For between the Lord and His people,
There is a case to be tried…
Because with IsraEl, He's now at war.

3 'O My people, what did I do…
Tell Me what trouble I've caused you!
4 From the land of Egypt, I led you…
From the house of slaves, I ransomed you back…
And before your face, I had sent you,
Miriam, Aaron, and Moses!'

5 My people; remember the plans,
That Moab's King Balak made against you,
And the answers BalaAm (son of BeOr) was given,
From Shittim all the way to GilGal…
So the righteous ways of the Lord would be known.

6 'How can you conquer Jehovah?
Can you snatch God down from the heights?
With your whole burnt-offerings, can you beat Him…
Or with [the blood of] of one-year-old calves? No!

7 'Will Jehovah [be swayed] by a thousand male sheep,
Or ten thousand hearty winter yearlings? No!
For your sins, can you offer your first-born? No!
Can you offer the first fruits of your bellies,
To cover [the sins] of your souls? No!

8 'To you, He's explained it, O man…
All the things that are good.
This is all that Jehovah requires…
He wants you to be fair and love mercy,
And to be ready to walk with your God!'

9 'The voice of Jehovah is calling to you,
And all fearing His Name will be saved.
So, listen to this, O you tribes:
By whom will your cities be adorned?
10 Won't the homes of Law breakers be burned,
Along with [the houses] of those who love crime…
All the insolent and the unrighteous?

11 'Will I overlook your wicked scales,
And your bags of deceptive weights?
12 Will your irreverent ways be covered by wealth?
And all you liars who live there;
Will your [wicked] tongues [bring praise] to your mouths? No!

13 'For your sins, I'll torment you to extinction;
14 Then you'll eat and never be filled.
Then I'll banish you, and you will be lost
(No way will you be preserved);
And the survivors, I'll hand to the broadsword.

15 'Then, though you will plant, you won't reap;
And though you will also press olives,
You won't anoint with their oil,
Nor will you drink any wine…
For the Law of My people will vanish.

16 'The rules of Omri, you've chosen,
And the deeds of the house of Ahab.
Yes, you have chosen their plans,
So as not to be laughed at by others…
Thus, I'm bringing extinction upon you.'

Chapter 7

1 I'm like a man who gleans in the harvest…
One who gleans grapes before picking,
When no ripe clusters are ready to eat…
I'll need them so I can survive!
Yes, woe is me, O my soul!

2 For the upright have all been wiped from the land…
Those who walk straight, no longer exist!
All righteous blood has been squeezed out,
By the oppression of neighbors,
3 And with their hands, they're all doing what's evil.

Your rulers ask you for gifts;
Your judges [give rulings] for bribes…
And this is what your souls have desired!

4 So, your good things will all be taken away,
Like a moth chews through woolen clothes,
[For the sake of those] who still walk a straight line…
In the day that You're keeping watch.

O woe; for your punishment has now arrived,
And there will soon be [much] weeping.

5 So, don't confide in your friends,
And don't put hope in your leaders!
Watch out for the one who sleeps in your bed…
To her, show nothing at all!

6 For sons dishonor their fathers,
And the daughters opposes their own mothers…
It's daughter-in-law against mother-in-law,
And your enemies are those in your homes.

7 But, I will look to my Lord;
On my Savior, Jehovah, I'll wait,
And my God will listen to me.

8 O my enemies; do not rejoice,
For, though I've fallen, I will arise.
And if I must sit in the darkness,
The Lord will provide me with light.

9 I'll endure the rage of Jehovah;
For against Him, I'm also a sinner.
But I'll wait until He sends justice…
Until He shows me His judgments,
And leads me into the light.
Then I'll look to His righteous ways,
10 And my enemies will also gaze on them.

And those who've seen my shame will then ask,
'So, where is Jehovah, your God?'
[And my God will give this reply:]
'I've examined her with my eyes,
Then I'll trample on her like mud in the streets…
11 Like mortar on bricks, she'll be wiped away,
And her rules will be gone in that day.

12 'Your cities will then all be leveled,
And divided among the Assyrians.
Yes, your fortified cities will be given away,
From Tyre down to the [Nile] river…
From mountain to mountain and sea to sea.

13 'The land will all be destroyed,
Along with [the people] who live there…
It's the fruitage of the things that you've done.'

14 [O God;]
Tend Your people with Your might rod;
For, they are Your inherited sheep!
But now, they must camp alone in the woods,
And [on the sides] of [Mount] Carmel!

In BaShan and GileAd, may they be fed,
As they were in the days of that age,
15 When [You led] them from Egypt.

16 [And the Lord replied:]
'Wonderful things, I'll then show them,
Which the nations will see in disgrace.
For [the nations will lose] all their strength…
They'll place their hands over their mouths,
And they will cover their ears.
17 Then they'll lick the dust just like snakes,
Who crawl along on the ground.
And by their condition, they'll then be confused.

'By God, they will be amazed.
But, they will learn how to fear Him.
18 For to what other god can He be compared?'

Now, since You'll remove the unrighteous,
[Please overlook] the irreverence,
Of Your inherited ones who remain…
Hold back Your rage for the things that You've seen,
And please show mercy upon them!

19 Please turn and show pity upon us…
Sink our unrighteous ways,
And cast our sins in the depths of the seas.

20 Then to Jacob, He will send truth,
And on AbraHam's [seed], He'll show mercy…
This One who swore an oath to our fathers.

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