Based on the Authorised Version (King James) with the words "God" and "LORD"
restored to their original words, and various words
(thee, thine, shouldest, crieth, didst, etc) and
constructions (them that, etc) modernized.
1 The word of YHWH that came to Micah the Morasthite in the
days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning
Samaria and Jerusalem.
2 Hear, all you people; hearken, O earth, and all that
therein is: and let the Adonai YHWiH be witness against you, the Adonai from his
3 For, behold, YHWH comes forth out of his place, and will
come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountains
shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as wax before the
fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep place.
5 For the
transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel.
What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high
places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria as
a heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the
stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.
7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the
hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I
lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of a harlot, and they shall
return to the hire of a harlot.
8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go
stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as
9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is
come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
10 Declare you it not at
Gath, weep you not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll yourself in the dust.
11 Pass you away, you inhabitant of Saphir, having your shame naked: the
inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall
receive of you his standing.
12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited
carefully for good: but evil came down from YHWH unto the gate of
13 O you inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift
beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the
transgressions of Israel were found in you.
14 Therefore shall you give
presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of
15 Yet will I bring an heir unto you, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he
shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.
16 Make you bald, and poll
you for your delicate children; enlarge your baldness as the eagle; for they
are gone into captivity from you.
1 Woe to those who devise iniquity, and
work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practice it,
because it is in the power of their hand.
2 And they covet fields, and take
them by violence; and houses, and take them away: so they oppress a man and
his house, even a man and his heritage.
3 Therefore thus said YHWH;
Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which you shall not
remove your necks; neither shall you go haughtily: for this time is evil.
4 In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament with a
doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he has changed the
portion of my people: how has he removed it from me! turning away he has
divided our fields.
5 Therefore you shall have none that shall cast a cord
by lot in the congregation of YHWH.
6 Prophesy you not, say they to those who prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, that they shall not take
7 O you who are named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of YHWH
straitened? are these his doings? do not my words do good to him who walks
8 Even of late my people are risen up as an enemy: you pull off the
robe with the garment from those who pass by securely as men averse from war.
9 The women of my people have you cast out from their pleasant houses; from
their children have you taken away my glory for ever.
10 Arise you, and
depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy
you, even with a sore destruction.
11 If a man walking in the spirit and
falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto you of wine and of strong
drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
12 I will surely
assemble, O Jacob, all of you; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I
will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of
their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.
13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed
through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before
them, and YHWH on the head of them.
1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O
heads of Jacob, and you princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to
2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their
skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
3 Who also eat the
flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their
bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the
4 Then shall they cry unto YHWH, but he will not hear them: he
will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved
themselves ill in their doings.
5 Thus said YHWH concerning the
prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace;
and he that puts not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
6 Therefore night shall be unto you, that you shall not have a vision; and it
shall be dark unto you, that you shall not divine; and the sun shall go down
over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.
7 Then shall the
seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yes, they shall all cover their
lips; for there is no answer of Elohim.
8 But truly I am full of power by the
spirit of YHWH, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his
transgression, and to Israel his sin.
9 Hear this, I pray you, you heads of
the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment,
and pervert all equity.
10 They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with
11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof
teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean
upon YHWH, and say, Is not YHWH among us? no evil can come upon us.
12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Jerusalem
shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the
1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of
the house of YHWH shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it
shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2 And many
nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of YHWH, and to the house of the Elohim of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways,
and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the
word of YHWH from Jerusalem.
3 And he shall judge among many people, and
rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into
plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a
sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 But they
shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make
them afraid: for the mouth of YHWH of hosts has spoken it.
5 For all
people will walk every one in the name of his elohim, and we will walk in the
name of YHWH our Elohim for ever and ever.
6 In that day, said YHWH,
will I assemble her who halts, and I will gather her who is driven out,
and her who I have afflicted;
7 And I will make her who halted a remnant,
and her who was cast far off a strong nation: and YHWH shall reign over
them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
8 And you, O tower of
the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto you shall it come,
even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
9 Now why do you cry out aloud? is there no king in you? is your
counsellor perished? for pangs have taken you as a woman in travail.
in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in
travail: for now shall you go forth out of the city, and you shall dwell in
the field, and you shall go even to Babylon; there shall you be delivered;
there YHWH shall redeem you from the hand of your enemies.
11 Now also
many nations are gathered against you, that say, Let her be defiled, and let
our eye look upon Zion.
12 But they know not the thoughts of YHWH,
neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves
into the floor.
13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make
your horn iron, and I will make your hoofs brass: and you shall beat in
pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto YHWH, and their
substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
1 Now gather yourself in
troops, O daughter of troops: he has laid siege against us: they shall smite
the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
2 But you, Bethlehem
Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of you
shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth
have been from of old, from everlasting.
3 Therefore will he give them up,
until the time that she who travails has brought forth: then the remnant
of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
4 And he shall
stand and feed in the strength of YHWH, in the majesty of the name of YHWH his Elohim; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of
5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come
into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise
against him seven shepherds, and eight principal men.
6 And they shall waste
the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod in the entrances
thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he comes into our
land, and when he treads within our borders.
7 And the remnant of Jacob
shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from YHWH, as the showers
upon the grass, that taits not for man, nor waits for the sons of men.
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many
people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the
flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treads down, and tears in
pieces, and none can deliver.
9 Your hand shall be lifted up upon your
adversaries, and all your enemies shall be cut off.
10 And it shall come to
pass in that day, said YHWH, that I will cut off your horses out of the
midst of you, and I will destroy your chariots:
11 And I will cut off the
cities of your land, and throw down all your strong holds:
12 And I will cut
off witchcrafts out of your hand; and you shall have no more soothsayers:
13 Your graven images also will I cut off, and your standing images out of the
midst of you; and you shall no more worship the work of your hands.
14 And I will pluck up your groves out of the midst of you: so will I
destroy your cities.
15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon
the heathen, such as they have not heard.
1 Hear you now what YHWH
said; Arise, contend you before the mountains, and let the hills hear your
2 Hear you, O mountains, YHWH's controversy, and you strong
foundations of the earth: for YHWH has a controversy with his people, and
he will plead with Israel.
3 O my people, what have I done unto you? and
wherein have I wearied you? testify against me.
4 For I brought you up out
of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you out of the house of servants; and I
sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5 O my people, remember now what
Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered him
from Shittim unto Gilgal; that you may know the righteousness of YHWH.
6 Wherewith shall I come before YHWH, and bow myself before the high
Elohim? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
7 Will YHWH be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of
rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my
body for the sin of my soul?
8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; and
what does YHWH require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and
to walk humbly with your Elohim?
9 YHWH's voice cries unto the city, and
the man of wisdom shall see your name: hear you the rod, and who has appointed
10 Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked,
and the scant measure that is abominable?
11 Shall I count them pure with
the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?
12 For the rich
men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken
lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
13 Therefore also will I
make you sick in smiting you, in making you desolate because of your sins.
14 You shall eat, but not be satisfied; and your casting down shall be in
the midst of you; and you shall take hold, but shall not deliver; and that
which you deliver will I give up to the sword.
15 You shall sow, but
you shall not reap; you shall tread the olives, but you shall not anoint
you with oil; and sweet wine, but shall not drink wine.
16 For the statutes
of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and you walk in their
counsels; that I should make you a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof a
hissing: therefore you shall bear the reproach of my people.
1 Woe is me!
for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grape gleanings
of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe
2 The good man is perished out of the earth: and there is none
upright among men: they all lie in wait for blood; they hunt every man his
brother with a net.
3 That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the
prince asks, and the judge asks for a reward; and the great man, he
utters his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4 The best of them is
as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of your
watchmen and your visitation comes; now shall be their perplexity.
you not in a friend, put you not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of your
mouth from her who lies in your bosom.
6 For the son dishonours the
father, the daughter rises up against her mother, the daughter in law against
her mother in law; a man's enemies are the men of his own house.
I will look unto YHWH; I will wait for the Elohim of my salvation: my Elohim
will hear me.
8 Rejoice not against me, O my enemy: when I fall, I shall
arise; when I sit in darkness, YHWH shall be a light unto me.
9 I will
bear the indignation of YHWH, because I have sinned against him, until he
plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the
light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
10 Then she that is my enemy
shall see it, and shame shall cover her who said unto me, Where is YHWH
your Elohim? my eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire
of the streets.
11 In the day that your walls are to be built, in that day
shall the decree be far removed.
12 In that day also he shall come even to
you from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even
to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.
13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of those who dwell
therein, for the fruit of their doings.
14 Feed your people with your rod, the
flock of your heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of
Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
15 According to the days of your coming out of the land of Egypt will I show
unto him marvellous things.
16 The nations shall see and be confounded at
all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall
17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of
their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of YHWH our Elohim,
and shall fear because of you.
18 Who is an El like unto you, that
pardons iniquity, and passes by the transgression of the remnant of his
heritage? he retains not his anger for ever, because he delights in mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our
iniquities; and you will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
20 You will perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which
you have sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
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