The Coming Destruction

Micah 1

1 The word of the LORD that came to a Micah of Moresheth in the days of b Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.

2 Hear, all you peoples!
Listen, O earth, and all that is in it!
Let the Lord GOD be a witness against you,
The Lord from c His holy temple.
3 For behold, the LORD is coming out of His place;
He will come down
And tread on the high places of the earth.
4 d The mountains will melt under Him,
And the valleys will split
Like wax before the fire,
Like waters poured down a steep place.
5 All 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 Samaria?
And what are the e high places of Judah?
Are they not Jerusalem?
6 "Therefore I will make Samaria f a heap of ruins in the field,
Places for planting a vineyard;
I will pour down her stones into the valley,
And I will g uncover her foundations.
7 All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces,
And all her h pay as a harlot shall be burned with the fire;
All her idols I will lay desolate,
For she gathered it from the pay of a harlot,
And they shall return to the i pay of a harlot."

8 Therefore I will wail and howl,
I will go stripped and naked;
j I will make a wailing like the jackals
And a mourning like the ostriches,
9 For her wounds are incurable.
For k it has come to Judah;
It has come to the gate of My people -
To Jerusalem.

10 l Tell it not in Gath,
Weep not at all;
In 1 Beth Aphrah 2
Roll yourself in the dust.
11 Pass by in naked shame, you inhabitant of 3 Shaphir;
The inhabitant of 4 Zaanan 5 does not go out.
Beth Ezel mourns;
Its place to stand is taken away from you.
12 For the inhabitant of 6 Maroth 7 pined for good,
But m disaster came down from the LORD
To the gate of Jerusalem.
13 O inhabitant of n Lachish,
Harness the chariot to the swift steeds
(She was the beginning of sin to the daughter of Zion),
For the transgressions of Israel were o found in you.
14 Therefore you shall p give presents to 8 Moresheth Gath;
The houses of q Achzib 9 10 shall be a lie to the kings of Israel.
15 I will yet bring an heir to you, O inhabitant of r Mareshah; 11 12
The glory of Israel shall come to s Adullam. 13
16 Make yourself t bald and cut off your hair,
Because of your u precious children;
Enlarge your baldness like an eagle,
For they shall go from you into v captivity.

  1. Cross References
    2 Peter 1:21
    For prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.
    Jeremiah 26:18
    "Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah, and spoke to all the people of Judah, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts: "Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, And the mountain of the temple Like the bare hills of the forest."'
  2. Cross References
    2 Kings 15:5
    Then the LORD struck the king, so that he was a...
    2 Kings 15:7
    So Azariah rested with his fathers, and they bu...
    2 Kings 15:32 - 38
    In the second year of Pekah the son of Remaliah...
    2 Chronicles 27:1 - 9
    Jotham was twenty-five years old when he became...
    Isaiah 1:1
    The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he ...
    Hosea 1:1
    The word of the LORD that came to Hosea the son...
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 11:4
    The LORD is in His holy temple, The LORD's throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men.
  4. Cross References
    Amos 9:5
    The Lord GOD of hosts, He who touches the earth and it melts, And all who dwell there mourn; All of it shall swell like the River, And subside like the River of Egypt.
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:13
    He made him ride in the heights of the earth, That he might eat the produce of the fields; He made him draw honey from the rock, And oil from the flinty rock.
    Deuteronomy 33:29
    Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, The shield of your help And the sword of your majesty! Your enemies shall submit to you, And you shall tread down their high places.
    Amos 4:13
    For behold, He who forms mountains, And creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, And makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth - The LORD God of hosts is His name.
  6. Cross References
    2 Kings 19:25
    Did you not hear long ago How I made it, From ancient times that I formed it? Now I have brought it to pass, That you should be For crushing fortified cities into heaps of ruins.
    Micah 3:12
    Therefore because of you Zion shall be plowed like a field, Jerusalem shall become heaps of ruins, And the mountain of the temple Like the bare hills of the forest.
  7. Cross References
    Ezekiel 13:14
    So I will break down the wall you have plastered with untempered mortar, and bring it down to the ground, so that its foundation will be uncovered; it will fall, and you shall be consumed in the midst of it. Then you shall know that I am the LORD.
  8. Cross References
    Hosea 2:5
    For their mother has played the harlot; She who conceived them has behaved shamefully. For she said, 'I will go after my lovers, Who give me my bread and my water, My wool and my linen, My oil and my drink.
  9. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 23:18
    You shall not bring the wages of a harlot or the price of a dog to the house of the LORD your God for any vowed offering, for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God.
    Isaiah 23:17
    And it shall be, at the end of seventy years, that the LORD will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire, and commit fornication with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 102:6
    I am like a pelican of the wilderness; I am like an owl of the desert.
  11. Cross References
    2 Kings 18:13
    And in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and took them.
    Isaiah 8:7
    Now therefore, behold, the Lord brings up over them The waters of the River, strong and mighty - The king of Assyria and all his glory; He will go up over all his channels And go over all his banks.
    Isaiah 8:8
    He will pass through Judah, He will overflow and pass over, He will reach up to the neck; And the stretching out of his wings Will fill the breadth of Your land, O Immanuel.
  12. Cross References
    2 Samuel 1:20
    Tell it not in Gath, Proclaim it not in the streets of Ashkelon - Lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, Lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph.
  13. Cross References
    Isaiah 59:9 - 11
    Therefore justice is far from us, Nor does righteousness overtake us; We look for light, but there is darkness! For brightness, but we walk in blackness!
    Jeremiah 14:19
    Have You utterly rejected Judah? Has Your soul loathed Zion? Why have You stricken us so that there is no healing for us? We looked for peace, but there was no good; And for the time of healing, and there was trouble.
    Amos 3:6
    If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it?
  14. Cross References
    Joshua 10:3
    Therefore AdoniZe'dek king of Jerusalem sent to Hoham king of Hebron, Piram king of Jarmuth, Japhia king of Lachish, and Debir king of Eglon, saying.
    2 Kings 14:19
    And they formed a conspiracy against him in Jerusalem, and he fled to Lachish; but they sent after him to Lachish and killed him there.
    2 Kings 18:14
    Then Hezekiah king of Judah sent to the king of Assyria at Lachish, saying, "I have done wrong; turn away from me; whatever you impose on me I will pay." And the king of Assyria assessed Hezekiah king of Judah three hundred talents of silver and thirty talents of gold.
    Isaiah 36:2
    Then the king of Assyria sent the Rabshakeh with a great army from Lachish to King Hezekiah at Jerusalem. And he stood by the aqueduct from the upper pool, on the highway to the Fuller's Field.
  15. Cross References
    Ezekiel 23:11
    Now although her sister Oholibah saw this, she became more corrupt in her lust than she, and in her harlotry more corrupt than her sister's harlotry.
  16. Cross References
    2 Samuel 8:2
    Then he defeated Moab. Forcing them down to the ground, he measured them off with a line. With two lines he measured off those to be put to death, and with one full line those to be kept alive. So the Moabites became David's servants, and brought tribute.
  17. Cross References
    Joshua 15:44
    Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah: nine cities with their villages.
  18. Cross References
    Joshua 15:44
    Keilah, Achzib, and Mareshah: nine cities with their villages.
  19. Cross References
    2 Chronicles 11:7
    Beth Zur, Sochoh, Adullam.
  20. Cross References
    Job 1:20
    Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.
  21. Cross References
    Lamentations 4:5
    Those who ate delicacies Are desolate in the streets; Those who were brought up in scarlet Embrace ash heaps.
  22. Cross References
    2 Kings 17:6
    In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria and carried Israel away to Assyria, and placed them in Halah and by the Habor, the River of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.
    Amos 7:11
    "For thus Amos has said: 'Jeroboam shall die by the sword, And Israel shall surely be led away captive From their own land.'"
    Amos 7:17
    "Therefore thus says the LORD: 'Your wife shall be a harlot in the city; Your sons and daughters shall fall by the sword; Your land shall be divided by survey line; You shall die in a defiled land; And Israel shall surely be led away captive From his own land.'"
    Micah 4:10
    Be in pain, and labor to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, Like a woman in birth pangs. For now you shall go forth from the city, You shall dwell in the field, And to Babylon you shall go. There you shall be delivered; There the LORD will redeem you From the hand of your enemies.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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