« Micah 1 »
King James Bible
Judgment against Israel
1The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, [and]
Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
2Hear, all ye people; hearken, O earth, and all that therein is: and let the Lord GOD be witness
against you, the Lord from his holy temple.
3For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and will come down, and tread upon the high
places of the earth.
4And 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.
5For 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
6Therefore I will make Samaria as an 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.
7And 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
an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.
Weeping and Mourning
8Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons,
and mourning as the owls.
9For her wound [is] incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people,
[even] to Jerusalem.
10Declare ye [it] not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aphrah roll thyself in the dust.
11Pass ye away, thou inhabitant of Saphir, having thy shame naked: the inhabitant of Zaanan came
not forth in the mourning of Bethezel; he shall receive of you his standing.
12For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the LORD unto
the gate of Jerusalem.
13O thou 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 thee.
14Therefore shalt thou give presents to Moreshethgath: the houses of Achzib [shall be] a lie to the
kings of Israel.
15Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come unto Adullam the glory
16Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they
are gone into captivity from thee.
« Micah 2 »
King James Bible
Woe to the Oppressors
1Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they
practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.
2And 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.
3Therefore thus saith the LORD; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall
not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time [is] evil.
4In that day shall [one] take up a parable against you, and lament with a doleful lamentation, [and]
say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed [it]
from me! turning away he hath divided our fields.
5Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD.
The False Prophets
6Prophesy ye not, [say they to them that] prophesy: they shall not prophesy to them, [that] they
shall not take shame.
7O [thou that art] named the house of Jacob, is the spirit of the LORD straitened? [are] these his
doings? do not my words do good to him that walketh uprightly?
8Even of late my people is risen up as an enemy: ye pull off the robe with the garment from them
that pass by securely as men averse from war.
9The women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye
taken away my glory for ever.
10Arise ye, and depart; for this [is] not [your] rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy [you],
even with a sore destruction.
11If a man walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, [saying], I will prophesy unto thee of wine and
of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
The Remnant of Israel
12I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; 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.
13The 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 the LORD on the head of them.
« Micah 3 »
King James Bible
Rulers and Prophets Condemned
1And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; [Is it] not for
you to know judgment?
2Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from
off their bones;
3Who 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 caldron.
4Then shall they cry unto the LORD, 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.
5Thus saith the LORD concerning the prophets that make my people err, that bite with their teeth,
and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
6Therefore night [shall be] unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you,
that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark
7Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips;
for [there is] no answer of God.
8But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the LORD, and of judgment, and of might, to declare
unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
9Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that
abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.
10They build up Zion with blood, and Jerusalem with iniquity.
11The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets
thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, [Is] not the LORD among us?
none evil can come upon us.
12Therefore 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 forest.
« Micah 4 »
King James Bible
The Mountain of the Lord's Temple
1But in the last days it shall come to pass, [that] the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be
established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall
flow unto it.
2And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and
to the house of the God 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 the LORD from Jerusalem.
3And 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.
4But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make [them]
afraid: for the mouth of the LORD of hosts hath spoken [it].
5For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the
LORD our God for ever and ever.
The Restoration of Zion
6In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven
out, and her that I have afflicted;
7And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the
LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.
8And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come,
even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
9Now why dost thou cry out aloud? [is there] no king in thee? is thy counseller perished? for pangs
have taken thee as a woman in travail.
10Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt
thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go [even] to Babylon;
there shalt thou be delivered; there the LORD shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.
11Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye
look upon Zion.
12But they know not the thoughts of the LORD, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall
gather them as the sheaves into the floor.
13Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs
brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the LORD,
and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
« Micah 5 »
King James Bible
A Ruler from Bethlehem
(Isaiah 7:10-16; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-7)
1Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite
the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
2But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, [though] thou be little among the thousands of Judah, [yet] out of
thee shall he come forth unto me [that is] to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth [have been]
from of old, from everlasting.
3Therefore will he give them up, until the time [that] she which travaileth hath brought forth: then
the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
4And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD
his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
5And 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.
6And 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 cometh into our land, and when he
treadeth within our borders.
The Remnant of Jacob
7And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the
showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.
8And 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 treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
9Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.
10And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the
midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:
11And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
12And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no [more] soothsayers:
13Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou
shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
14And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
15And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
« Micah 6 »
King James Bible
The Case against Israel
1Hear ye now what the LORD saith; Arise, contend thou before the mountains, and let the hills hear
2Hear ye, O mountains, the LORD'S controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the
LORD hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.
3O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.
4For I brought thee up out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants;
and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
5O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam the son of
Beor answered him from Shittim unto Gilgal; that ye may know the righteousness of the LORD.
6Wherewith shall I come before the LORD, [and] bow myself before the high God? shall I come
before him with burnt offerings, with calves of a year old?
7Will the LORD 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?
8He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do
justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
The Punishment of Israel
9The LORD'S voice crieth unto the city, and [the man of] wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the
rod, and who hath appointed it.
10Are there yet the treasures of wickedness in the house of the wicked, and the scant measure
[that is] abominable?
11Shall I count [them] pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?
12For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and
their tongue [is] deceitful in their mouth.
13Therefore also will I make [thee] sick in smiting thee, in making [thee] desolate because of thy
14Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down [shall be] in the midst of thee; and
thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and [that] which thou deliverest will I give up to the
15Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint
thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.
16For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of Ahab, and ye walk in their
counsels; that I should make thee a desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye
shall bear the reproach of my people.
« Micah 7 »
King James Bible
Israel's Great Misery
1Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the
vintage: [there is] no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.
2The 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.
3That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge [asketh] for a
reward; and the great [man], he uttereth his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4The best of them [is] as a brier: the most upright [is sharper] than a thorn hedge: the day of thy
watchmen [and] thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
5Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her
that lieth in thy bosom.
6For the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in
law against her mother in law; a man's enemies [are] the men of his own house.
Israel Looks to the Lord
7Therefore I will look unto the LORD; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
8Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD
[shall be] a light unto me.
9I will bear the indignation of the LORD, 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
10Then [she that is] mine enemy shall see [it], and shame shall cover her which said unto me,
Where is the LORD thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the
mire of the streets.
11[In] the day that thy walls are to be built, [in] that day shall the decree be far removed.
12[In] that day [also] he shall come even to thee 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.
13Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of
God's Compassion on Israel
14Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine 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.
15According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous
16The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay [their] hand upon [their]
mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
17They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth:
they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee.
18Who [is] a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the
remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth [in] mercy.
19He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt
cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
20Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, [and] the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto
our fathers from the days of old.