1 The word of Yahweh that came to Micah the Morashtite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, the kings of Judah, that he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem:
2 Hear, all you peoples; give heed, O earth and its fullness. And let the Lord Yahweh be against you as a witness, the Lord from {his holy temple}. 3 For behold, Yahweh is coming out from his place, and he will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth. 4 The mountains will melt under him and the valleys will burst open, like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope. 5 All this [is] for the rebellion of Jacob, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What [is] the rebellion of Jacob? [Is it] not Samaria? And what [are] the high places of Judah? [Are they] not Jerusalem? 6 So I will make Samaria as a heap of rubble in the field, a place for planting a vineyard. And I will pour down her stones into the valley and uncover her foundations. 7 Then all her idols will be broken in pieces, and all her prostitution wages will be burned in the fire, and all her idols I will make a desolation, For from the wage of a prostitute she gathered [them], and to the wage of a prostitute they will return.
8 On account of this I will lament and wail. I will go about barefoot and naked. I will make a lamentation like the jackals, and a mourning ceremony like the {ostriches}. 9 For her wounds [are] incurable, because it has come to Judah. It has reached to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem.
10 Do not tell [it] in Gath; you must not weep at all. In Beth-le-Aphrah roll yourself [in] dust. 11 Pass on, you inhabitants of Shaphir, in naked shame. The inhabitants of Zaanan do not come forth; the wailing of Beth-ha-Ezel will take its protection from you. 12 For the inhabitants of Maroth writhed for good, because disaster has come down from Yahweh to the gate of Jerusalem. 13 Harness the chariot to the team of horses, O inhabitants of Lachish; it [is] the beginning of sin for the daughter of Zion, for the transgressions of Israel were found in you. 14 Therefore you will give parting gifts to Moresheth-Gath; the houses of Achzib [will be] a deception to the kings of Israel. 15 I will again bring the conqueror upon you, O inhabitants of Mareshah; the glory of Israel will come to Adullam. 16 Make yourselves bald and cut off your hair for the children of your pleasure. Expand your baldness as the eagle, for they will go into exile away from you.