Chapter One

  1. THE WORD of the ⟨Lord⟩ that came to Mi‍‍-‍cah the Mo‍‍-‍ras-‍thite in the days of Jo‍‍-‍tham, Ahaz, and Hez-‍e-‍ki‍‍-‍ah, kings of Ju­dah, which he saw con­cern­ing Sa-‍ma‍‍-‍ri-‍a and Jerusalem.
  2. Hear, 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.
  3. For, be­hold, the ⟨Lord⟩ 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 is all this, and for the sins of the house of Is­ra­el. What is the trans­gres­sion of Ja­cob? is it not Sa-‍ma‍‍-‍ri-‍a? and what are the high plac­es of Ju­dah? are they not Jerusalem.
  6. Therefore I will make Sa-‍ma‍‍-‍ri-‍a 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.
  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 an har­lot, and they shall re­turn to the hire of an 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; he is come un­to the gate of my peo­ple, even to Jerusalem.
  10. Declare ye it not at Gath, weep ye not at all: in the house of Aph‍‍-‍rah roll thy­self in the dust.
  11. Pass ye away, thou in­hab­i­tant of Sa‍‍-‍phir, hav­ing thy shame na­ked: the in­hab­i­tant of Za‍‍-‍a-‍nan came not forth in the mourn­ing of Beth–‍e‍‍-‍zel; he shall re­ceive of you his standing.
  12. For the in­hab­i­tant of Ma‍‍-‍roth wait­ed care­ful­ly for good: but evil came down from the ⟨Lord⟩ un­to the gate of Jerusalem.
  13. O‍ ‍thou in­hab­i­tant of La‍‍-‍chish, 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.
  14. Therefore shalt thou give pres­ents to Mor‍‍-‍esh-‍eth–‍gath: the hous­es of Ach‍‍-‍zibshall belie to the kings of Israel.
  15. Yet will I bring an heir un­to thee, O‍ ‍in­hab­i­tant of Ma-‍re‍‍-‍shah: he shall come un­to A-‍dul‍‍-‍lam the glo­ry of Israel.
  16. Make thee bald, and poll thee for thy del­i­cate chil­dren; en­large thy bald­ness as the ea­gle; for they are gone in­to cap­tiv­i­ty from thee.
Chapter Two
  1. ⟨•WOE‍TO 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.•⟩
  2. And 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.
  3. Therefore 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.
  4. In 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.
  5. Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the con­gre­ga­tion of the ⟨Lord⟩.
  6. Proph­e­sy ye not, say they to them that proph­e­sy: they shall not proph­e­sy to them, that they shall not take shame.
  7. O‍ ‍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?
  8. Even 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.
  9. The wom­en of my peo­ple have ye cast out from their pleas­ant hous­es; from their chil­dren have ye tak­en away my glo­ry for ever.
  10. Arise ye, and de­part; for this is not your rest: be­cause it is pol­lut­ed, it shall de­stroy you, even with a sore destruction.
  11. If 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.
  12. I 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 Boz‍‍-‍rah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by rea­son of the mul­ti­tude of men.
  13. The 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.
Chapter Three
  1. AND 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?
  2. Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
  3. Who 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.
  4. Then 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.
  5. Thus sa­ith the ⟨Lord⟩ con­cern­ing the proph­ets that make my peo­ple err, that bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that put­teth not‍ ‍(food) in­to their mouths, they even pre­pare war against him.
  6. Therefore 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 over them.
  7. Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the di­vin­ers con­found­ed: yea, they shall all cov­er their lips; for there is no an­swer of ⟨God⟩.
  8. But 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.
  9. Hear 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.
  10. They build up Zion with blood, and Je­ru­sa­lem with iniquity.
  11. The 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.
  12. Therefore 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.
Chapter Four
  1. BUT 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.
  2. And 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.
  3. And 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.
  4. But they shall sit ev­ery man un­to his vine and un­der his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the ⟨Lord⟩ of hosts hath spo­ken it.
  5. For 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.
  6. In 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.
  7. And 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.
  8. And 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.
  9. Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy coun­sel­lor per­ished? for pangs have tak­en thee as a wom­an in travail.
  10. Be 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.‍ ‍[]

  1. Now al­so ma­ny na­tions are gath­ered against thee, that say, Let her be de­filed, and let our eye look up­on Zion.
  2. But they know not the thoughts of the ⟨Lord⟩, nei­ther un­der­stand they his coun­sel: for he shall gath­er them as the sheaves in­to the (threshing)‍floor.
  3. Arise and thresh, O‍ ‍daugh­ter of Zion: for I will make thine horn(of)‍ ‍iron, and I will make thy hoofs(of)‍ ‍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.
Chapter Five
  1. NOW 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.
  2. ⟨•But thou Beth‍‍–‍le-‍hem Eph‍‍-‍ra-‍tah, 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.•⟩
  3. Therefore 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.
  4. And 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.
  5. And 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.(?)
  6. And 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.
  7. And 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.
  8. And the rem­nant of Ja­cob shall be among the Gen­tiles in the midst of ma­ny peo­ple as a li­on among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both tread­eth down, and tear­eth in piec­es, and none can deliver.
  9. Thine hand shall be lift­ed up up­on thine ad­ver­sa­ries, and all thine en­e­mies shall be cut off.
  10. And 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:
  11. And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
  12. And I will cut off witch­crafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
  13. Thy 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.
  14. And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I de­stroy thy cities.
  15. And I will ex­e­cute ven­geance in an­ger and fu­ry up­on the heath­en, such as they have not heard.
Chapter Six
  1. HEAR YE NOW what the ⟨Lord⟩ sa­ith; Arise, con­tend thou be­fore the moun­tains, and let the hills hear thy voice.
  2. Hear 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.
  3. ⟨•O my peo­ple, what have I done un­to thee? and where­in have I wear­ied thee? tes­ti­fy against me.•⟩
  4. For 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.
  5. O my peo­ple, re­mem­ber now what Ba‍‍-‍lak king of Mo­ab con­sult­ed, and what Ba‍‍-‍laam the son of Be‍‍-‍or an­swered him from Shit‍‍-‍tim un­to Gil‍‍-‍gal; that ye may know the righ­teous­ness of the ⟨Lord⟩(See: Numbers 22‍-‍24‍)
  6. Wherewith 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?
  7. Will 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?
  8. He 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⟩?•⟩
  9. The ⟨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.
  10. Are there yet the trea­sures of wick­ed­ness in the house of the wick­ed, and the scant mea­sure that is abominable?
  11. Shall I count them pure with the wick­ed bal­anc­es, and with the bag of de­ceit­ful weights?
  12. For the rich men there­of are full of vio­lence, and the in­hab­i­tants there­of have spo­ken lies, and their tongue is de­ceit­ful in their mouth.
  13. Therefore al­so will I make thee sick in smit­ing thee, in mak­ing thee des­o­late be­cause of thy sins.
  14. Thou 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 sword.
  15. Thou 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.
  16. For the sta­tutes of Om‍‍-‍ri 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.
Chapter Seven
  1. WOE‍IS 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.
  2. ⟨•The 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.•⟩
  3. That 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.
  4. The 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.
  5. Trust 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.
  6. For 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.
  7. ⟨•Therefore I will look un­to the ⟨Lord⟩; I will wait for the ⟨God⟩ of my sal­va­tion: my ⟨God⟩ will hear me.
  8. Rejoice 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.
  9. I will bear the in­dig­na­tion of the ⟨Lord⟩, be­cause I have sinned against him, un­til he plead my cause‍ (by his own sac­ri­fice), and ex­e­cute judg­ment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall be­hold his righteousness.•⟩
  10. Then she that is mine en­e­my shall see it, and shame shall cov­er her which (taunt­ing­ly/‌de­ri­sive­ly) said un­to me, Where is the ⟨Lord⟩ thy ⟨God⟩‍ ‍(now)?
  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.
  13. Notwithstanding the land shall be des­o­late be­cause of them that dwell there­in, for the fruit of their doings.
  14. Feed thy peo­ple with thy rod, the flock of thine her­it­age, which dwell sol­i­tar­i­lyin the wood, in the midst of Car­mel: let them feed in Ba‍‍-‍shan and Gil‍‍-‍e-‍ad, as in the days of old.
  15. According to the days of thy com­ing out of the land of Egypt will I shew un­to him mar­vel­lous things.
  16. The na­tions shall see and be con­found­ed at all their might: they shall lay their hand up­on their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
  17. They 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.
  18. ⟨•Who 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.
  19. He 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.•⟩
  20. Thou wilt per­form the truth to Ja­cob, and the mer­cy to Abra­ham, which thou hast sworn un­to our fa­thers from the days of old.
"precept upon precept; line upon line" . . . - For knowledge shall cease and wisdom fail, but understanding remaineth (if gained from the former).