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Jehovah’s Witnesses


Online Bible


Micah 1:1-16

1  The word of Jehovah* that occurred to Mi′cah+ of Mo′resh·eth,* in the days of Jo′tham,+ A′haz,+ Hez·e·ki′ah,+ kings of Judah,+ that he visioned concerning Sa·mar′i·a+ and Jerusalem:+  “Hear, O YOU peoples, all of YOU; pay attention, O earth and what fills you,+ and let the Sovereign Lord Jehovah serve against YOU as a witness,+ Jehovah* from his holy temple.*+  For, look! Jehovah* is going forth from his place,+ and he will certainly come down and tread upon earth’s high places.+  And the mountains must melt under him,+ and the low plains themselves will split apart, like wax because of the fire,+ like waters being poured down a steep place.  “It is because of the revolt of Jacob that there is all this, even because of the sins of the house of Israel.+ What is the revolt of Jacob? Is it not Sa·mar′i·a?+ And what are the high places* of Judah?+ Are they not Jerusalem?  And I shall certainly make Sa·mar′i·a a heap of ruins of the field,+ the planting places of a vineyard; and I will pour down into the valley her stones, and her foundations I shall lay bare.+  And her graven images will all be crushed to pieces,+ and all the gifts [made] to her as her hire will be burned in the fire;+ and all her idols I shall make a desolate waste. For from the things given as the hire of a prostitute she collected [them], and to the thing given as the hire of a prostitute they will return.”+  On this account I will wail and howl;+ I will walk barefoot and naked.+ I shall make a wailing like the jackals, and a mourning like female ostriches.*  For the stroke* upon her is unhealable;+ for it has come as far as Judah,+ [the] plague as far as the gate of my people, as far as Jerusalem.+ 10  “In Gath do not YOU men tell [it] out; positively do not weep.+ “In the house of Aph′rah wallow in the very dust.+ 11  Make your way across, O inhabitress of Sha′phir, in shameful nudity.+ The inhabitress of Za′a·nan has not gone forth. The wailing of Beth-e′zel will take from YOU people its standing place. 12  For the inhabitress of Ma′roth has waited for good,+ but what is bad has come down from Jehovah to the gate of Jerusalem.+ 13  Attach the chariot to the team of horses, O inhabitress of La′chish.+ The beginning of sin was what she was to the daughter of Zion,+ for in you* the revolts of Israel have been found.+ 14  Therefore you will give parting gifts to Mo′resh·eth-gath.+ The houses of Ach′zib+ were as something deceitful to the kings of Israel. 15  The dispossessor* I shall yet bring to you,+ O inhabitress of Ma·re′shah.+ As far as A·dul′lam+ the glory of Israel will come. 16  Cause baldness, and shear [your hair] off on account of your sons of exquisite delight.+ Broaden out your baldness like [that of] the eagle, because they have gone away from you into exile.”+


See App 1C §2.
Or, “the Morashtite.”
One of 134 scribal changes from YHWH to ʼAdho·nai′. See App 1B.
“From his holy temple.” Heb., me·heh·khal′ qodh·shoh′; Lat., tem′plo sanc′to. See Mt 23:16 ftn.
See App 1C §2.
“The high places,” MVg; LXX, “the sin of the house”; Sy, “the sin.”
“Female ostriches.” Lit., “daughters of an ostrich.”
“Stroke,” LXXSyVg; M, “strokes.”
“You,” fem. sing.
Or, “The one taking possession.”