1 The word of יהוה that came to N60Micah (Mikhah) the Morasthite in the days of Yotam, Achaz, and Hezekiah (Chizqiyahu), kings of Judah (Yehudah), which he saw concerning Samaria (Shomeron) and Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).
2 Hear, all you people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is; and let Lord (Adonai) יהוה be witness against you, the Lord (Adonai) from His holy temple.
3 For, behold, יהוה cometh 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 (Yaaqov) is all this, and for the sins of the house of Yisrael. What is the transgression of Jacob (Yaaqov)? Is it not Samaria (Shomeron)? And what are the high places of Judah (Yehudah)? Are they not Jerusalem (Yerushalayim)?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria (Shomeron) 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 the owls.
9 For her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah (Yehudah); he is come unto the gate of My people, even to Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).
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 disaster (raah) came down from יהוה unto the gate of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim).
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 (Tsiyon), for the transgressions of Yisrael were found in you.
14 Therefore shalt you give presents to Moreshethgath; the houses of Achzib shall be a lie to the kings of Yisrael.
15 Yet will I bring an heir unto you, O inhabitant of Mareshah; he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Yisrael.
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.