This is the worde of the LORDE, that came vnto Micheas the Morastite, in the
dayes of Ioathan, Achas and Ezechias kiges of Iuda: which was shewed him vpon
2 Heare all ye people, marcke this well o earth, and all that therin is:
Yee the LORDE God himself be witnesse amonge you, euen ye LORDE from his holy
3 For why? beholde, the LORDE shal go out of his place, & come downe,
and treade vpon the hie thinges of the earth.
4 The moutaynes shall consume vnder him, & the valleys shal cleue
asunder: like as wax cosumeth at the fyre, & as ye waters runne downwarde.
5 And all this shalbe for the wickednesse of Iacob, and the synnes of the
. But what is the wickednesse of Iacob? Is not
? Which are the hye places of Iuda? Is not Ierusale?
6 Therfore I shall make
an heape of stones in the felde, to laye aboute the vynyarde: hir stones shal I
cast in to the valley, & discouer hir foudacios.
7 All hir ymages shalbe broke downe & all hir wynnynges shal be brent
in the fyre: yee all hir Idols will I destroye: for why, they are gathered out
of the hyre of an whore, & in to an whores hyre shal they be turned agayne.
8 Wherfore I wil mourne & make lamentacion, bare & naked will I
go: I must mourne like ye dragos, & take sorow as ye Estriches:
9 for their woude is past remedy: And why? it is come in to Iuda, &
hath touched ye porte of my people at Ierusale allredy.
10 Wepe not, lest they at Geth perceaue it. Thou at Betaphra, welter thy
self in the dust and asshes.
11 Thou that dwellest at Sephir, get the hence with shame. The proude
shall boost nomore for very sorowe: & why? hir neghboure shall take from her
what she hath.
12 The rebellious cite hopeth, that it shal not be so euell: but for all
that, the plage shal come from the LORDE, euen in to the porte of Ierusalem.
13 The greate noyse off the charettes shall feare them, that dwell at
Lachis, which is an occasion of ye synne of ye doughter of Sion, for in the came
vp the wickednesses of
14 Yee she sent hir coursers in to the londe of Geth. The houses of lies
will disceaue the kynges of
15 And as for the (o thou that dwellest at Morassa) I shal brynge a
possessioner vpon the, ad the plage of
shal reach vnto Odolla.
16 Make the balde, and shaue the, because of thy tender children: Make the
cleane balde as an Aegle, for they shalbe caried awaye captyue from the.
1 Wo vnto them, that ymagyn to do harme, and deuyse vngraciousnesse vpon
their beddes, to perfourme it in ye cleare daye: for their power is agaynst God.
2 When they covet to haue londe, they take it by violence, they robbe men
off their houses. Thus they oppresse a ma for his house, & euery man for his
3 Therfore thus sayeth the LORDE: Beholde, agaynst this housholde haue I
deuysed a plage, wherout ye shal not plucke youre neckes: Ye shal nomore go so
proudly, for it will be a perlous tyme.
4 In that daye shall this terme be vsed, and a mournynge shal be made ouer
you on this maner: We be vtterly desolate, the porcion off my people is
translated. Whan wil he parte vnto vs the londe, that he hath taken from vs?
5 Neuerthelesse there shalbe noman to deuyde the thy porcion, in the
congregacion off the LORDE.
6 Tush, holde youre tunge (saye they) It shall not fall vpon this people,
we shall not come so to confucion,
7 sayeth the house off Iacob. Is the sprete off the LORDE so clene awaye?
or is he so mynded? Treuth it is, my wordes are frendly vnto them that lyue
8 but my people doth the contrary, therfore must I take parte agaynst
them: for they take awaye both cote and cloke from the symple. Ye haue turned
youre selues to fight,
9 the women off my people haue ye shot out fro their good houses, and
taken awaye my excellent giftes from their children.
10 Vp, get you hence, for here shall ye haue no rest. Because off their
Idolatry they are corrupte, and shall myserably perish.
11 Yff I were a fleshly felowe, and a preacher of lyes and tolde them that
they might syt bebbinge and bollynge, and be droncken: O that were a prophet for
12 But I will gather the indede (o Iacob) and dryue the remnaunt off
all together. I shall
them one with another, as a flocke in the folde, and as the catell in their
stalles, that they maye be disquieted of other men.
13 Who so breaketh the gappe, he shall go before. They shall breake vp the
porte, and go in and out at it. Their kynge shall go before them, and the LORDE
shalbe vpon the heade of them.
1 Heare, o ye heades of the house of Iacob, and ye leders of the house of
: Shulde not ye knowe, what were laufull and right?
2 But ye hate the good, and loue the euell: ye plucke of mens skynnes, and
the flesh from their bones:
3 Ye eate the flesh of my people, ad flay of their skynne: ye breake their
bones, ye choppe them in peces as it were in to a cauldron, ad as flesh into a
4 Now the tyme shall come, that when they call vnto the LORDE, he shall
not heare them, but hyde his face from them: because that thorow their owne
ymaginacios, they haue dealte so wickedly.
5 And as concernynge the prophetes that disceaue my people, thus the LORDE
sayeth agaynst them: When they haue eny thinge to byte vpon, then they preach
that all shalbe well: but yf a man put not some thinge in to their mouthes, they
preach of warre agaynst him.
6 Therfore youre vision shalbe turned to night, & youre prophecyenge
to darcknesse. The Sonne shall go downe ouer those prophetes, & the daye
shalbe darcke vnto them.
7 Then shall the vision seers be ashamed, & ye saythsayers confounded:
yee they shalbe fayne (all the packe of the) to stoppe their mouthes, for they
haue not Gods worde.
8 As for me, I am full of strength, & of ye sprete of ye LORDE, full
of iudgment & boldnesse: to shewe the house of Iacob their wickednesse,
& the house of
9 O heare this ye rulers of the house of Iacob, and ye iudges of the house
: ye that abhorre the thinge that is laufull, and wraist asyde the thinge that
10 Ye that buylde vp Sion with bloude, and Ierusalem with doynge wronge.
11 O ye iudges, ye geue sentence for giftes: O ye preastes, ye teach for
lucre: O ye prophetes, ye prophecy for money. Yet wil they be take as those that
holde vpon God, and saye: Is not the LORDE amonge vs? Tush, there can no
misfortune happen vs.
12 Therfore shal Sion (for youre sakes) be plowed like a felde: Ierusale
shall become an heape of stones, and the hill of ye
be turned to an hye wodde.
1 But in the latter dayes it wil come to passe, that the hill off the
LORDES house shalbe set vp hyer the eny moutaynes or hilles: Yee the people
shall preese vnto it,
2 and the multitude off the Gentiles shal haist them thither, sayege:
Come, let vs go vp to the hill of the LORDE, & to the house of the God of
Iacob: that he maye teach vs his waye, and that we maye walke in his pathes. For
the lawe shall come out off Sion, ad the worde of God from Ierusalem,
3 and shall geue sentence amonge the multitude off the Heithen, and
refourme the people off farre coutrees: so that of their swerdes they shal make
plowshares, and sythes off their speares. One people shall not lift vp a swerde
agaynst another, yee they shall nomore lerne to fight:
4 but euery man shal syt vnder his vinyarde and vnder his fyge tre, and no
man to fraye him awaye: for the mouth off ye LORDE of hoostes hath spoken it.
5 Therfore, where as all people haue walked euery man in ye name of his
owne god, we will walke in the name of oure God for euer and euer.
6 At the same tyme (sayeth the LORDE) will I gather vp the lame and the
outcastes, and soch as I haue chastened:
7 and will geue yssue vnto the lame, and make of ye outcastes a greate
people: and the LORDE himself shal be their kynge vpon the mount Sion, fro this
tyme forth for euermore.
8 And vnto the (O thou tower of
, thou stronge holde off the doughter Sion) vnto the shal it come: eue the first
lordshipe and kyngdome of the doughter Ierusale.
9 Why the art thou now so heuy? is there no kynge in the? are thy
councelers awaye that thou art so payned, as a woman in hir trauayle?
10 And now (o thou doughter Sion) be sory, let it greue the as a wife
laboringe with childe: for now must thou get the out off the cite, and dwell
vpon the playne felde: Yee vnto Babilo shalt thou go, there shalt thou be
delyuered, and there the LORDE shal lowse the from the honde off thine enemies.
11 Now also are there many people gathered together agaynst the, sayenge:
what, Sion is cursed, we shall se oure lust vpon her.
12 But they knowe not the thoughtes off the LORDE, they vnderstonde not
his councell, that shall gather them together as the sheeues in the barne.
13 Therfore get the vp (o thou doughter Sion) and throsshe out the corne:
For I wil make thy horne yron, and thy clawes brasse, that thou mayest grynde
many people: their goodes shalt thou appropriate vnto the LORDE, and their
substaunce vnto the ruler off the whole worlde.
1 After that shalt thou be robbed thy selff, o thou robbers doughter: they
shal laye sege agaynst vs, and smyte the iudge off
with a rodde vpon the cheke.
2 And thou Bethleem Ephrata, art litle amonge the thousandes off Iuda, Out
off the shal come one vnto me, which shall be ye gouernoure i
: whose outgoinge hath bene from the begynnynge, and from euerlastinge.
3 In the meane whyle he plageth them for a season, vntill the tyme that
she (which shall beare) haue borne: then shall the remnaunt of his brethren be
conuerted vnto ye children of
4 He shal stonde fast, and geue fode in the strength of the LORDE, and in
the victory of the name of ye LORDE his God: and when they be conuerted, he
shall be magnified vnto the farthest partes of the worlde.
5 Then shal there be peace, so that the Assirian maye come in to oure
londe, and treade in oure houses. We shall brynge vp seuen shepherdes and viij.
prynces vpo them:
6 these shal subdue the londe of Assur wt the swerde, and the londe of
Nymrod with their naked weapens. Thus shal he delyuer vs from the Assiria, when
he commeth within oure lande, and setteth his fote within oure borders.
7 And the remnaunt of Iacob shal be amonge the multitude of people, as the
dew of the LORDE, and as the droppes vpon the grasse, that tarieth for no man,
and waiteth of no body.
8 Yee the residue of Iacob shalbe amonge the Gentiles and the multitude
off people, as the lyon amonge the beestes of ye wodde, and as the
whelpe amonge a flocke of shepe: which (when he goeth thorow) treadeth downe,
teareth in peces, and there is no man that can helpe.
9 Thyne honde shalbe lift vp vpon thine enemies, and all thine aduersaries
10 The tyme shal come also (sayeth the LORDE) that I wil take thine horses
from the, & destroye thy charettes.
11 I will breake downe the cities off thy londe, and ouerthrewe all thy
12 All witchcraftes will I rote out of thyne hande, there shall no mo
soythsayenges be within the.
13 Thine Idols and thyne ymages will I destroye out of ye so that thou
shalt nomore bowe thy self vnto the workes of thyne owne hondes.
14 Thy groues wil I plucke vp by the rotes, & breake downe thy cities.
15 Thus will I be aueged also, vpon all Heithen that will not heare.
1 Herken now what the LORDE sayeth: Vp, reproue the mountaynes, and let
the hilles heare thy voyce.
2 O Heare the punyshment of the LORDE, ye mountaynes, and ye mightie
foundacios of ye earth: for the LORDE wil reproue his people, ad reason with
3 O my people, what haue I done vnto the? or wherin haue I hurte the? geue
4 Because I brought the fro the londe of Egipte, and delyuered the out of
the house of bondage? Because I made Moses, Aaron and Miriam to lede the?
5 Remembre (o my people) what Balach the kynge of
had ymagined agaynst the, ad what answere that Balaam the sonne of Beor gaue
him, from Sethim vnto Galgal: yt ye maye knowe the louynge kyndnesses of ye
6 What acceptable thynge shal I offre vnto the LORDE? shall I bowe mykne
to the hye God? Shal I come before him wt brentofferinges, and with calues of a
7 Hath the LORDE a pleasure in many thousand rammes, or innumerable
streames of oyle? Or shal I geue my firstborne for myne offences, and the frute
of my body for the synne of my soule?
8 I wil shewe the (O ma) what is good, and what the LORDE requyreth off
the: Namely, to do right, to haue pleasure in louynge kyndnesse, to be lowly,
and to walke with thy God:
9 that thou mayest be called a cite of the LORDE, & that thy name maye
be rightuousnesse. Heare (o ye trybes) who wolde els geue you soch warnynge?
10 Shulde I not be displeased, for the vnrightuous good in the houses of
the wicked, and because the measure is minished?
11 Or shulde I iustfie the false balaunces and the bagge of disceatfull weightes,
12 amonge those that be full off riches vnrightuously gotten: where the
citesyns deale with falsede, speake lyes, and haue disceatfull tunges in their
13 Therfore I will take in honde to punysh the, and to make the desolate,
because of thy synnes.
14 Thou shalt eate, & not haue ynough: yee thou shalt bringe thy self
downe. Thou shalt fle, but not escape: ad those yt thou woldest saue, wil I
delyuer to the swerde.
15 Thou shalt sowe, but not reape: thou shalt presse out olyues, but oyle
shalt thou not haue, to anoynte thy self withall: thou shalt treade out swete
must, but shalt drynke no wyne.
16 Ye kepe the ordinaunces of Amri, & all the customes of the house of
Achab: ye folowe their pleasures, therfore wil I make the waist, & cause yi
inhabiters to be abhorred, O my people: & thus shalt thou beare thine owne
1 Wo is me: I am become as one, that goeth a gleenynge in the haruest.
There are no mo grapes to eate, yet wolde I fayne (with all my herte) haue of
the best frute.
2 There is not a godly man vpo earth, there is not one rightuous amoge me.
They laboure all to shed bloude, & euery ma hunteth his brother to death:
3 yet they saye they do well, when they do euell. As the prince wil, so
sayeth the iudge: yt he maye do him a pleasure agayne. The greate ma speaketh
what his herte desyreth, & ye hearers alowe him.
4 The best off the is but as a thistle, and the most rightuous of them is
but as a brere in the hedge But when the daye of thy preachers commeth, yt thou
shalt be vysited: the shal they be waisted a waye.
5 Let no man beleue his frende, ner put his confidece in a prince. Kepe
the porte of thy mouth, from her yt lieth in thy bosome:
6 for ye sonne shal put his father to dishonoure, the doughter shal ryse
agaynst her mother, ye doughter in lawe agaynst hir mother in lawe: and a mans
foes shalbe euen they of his owne housholde.
7 Neuerthelesse I wil loke vp vnto ye LORDE, I wil paciently abyde God my
sauioure: my God shal heare me.
8 O thou enemie of myne, reioyce not at my fall, for I shal get vp agayne:
and though I syt in darcknesse, yet ye LORDE is my light.
9 I will beare the punishment of the LORDE (for why, I haue offended him)
till he syt in iudgment vpon my cause, and se that I haue right. He wil bringe
me forth to the light, and I shal se his rightuosnesse.
10 She that is myne enemy shall loke vpon it, & be confounded, which
now saieth: Where is thy LORDE God? Myne eyes shal beholde her, when she shalbe
troden downe, as the claye in the stretes.
11 The tyme wil come, that thy gappes shal be made vp, and the lawe shal
12 and at that tyme shal they come vnto the, from Assur vnto the stroge
cities, and from the stronge cities vnto the ryuer: from the one see to the
other, from the one mountayne to the other.
13 Not wt stondinge the londe must be waisted, because of them that dwell
therin, and for the frutes of their owne ymaginacions.
14 Therfore fede thy people with thy rodde, the flocke of thine heretage
which dwell desolate in the wodde: that they maye be fedde vpon the mount of
Charmel, Basan & Galaad as afore tyme.
15 Maruelous thinges will I shewe them, like as when they came out of Egipte.
16 This shal the Heithen se, and be asshamed for all their power: so that
they shal laye their honde vpon their mouth, and stoppe their eares.
17 They shal licke the dust like a serpent, & as the wormes of the
earth, yt tremble in their holes. They shalbe afrayed of the LORDE oure God,
& they shal feare ye.
18 Where is there soch a God as thou? that pardonest wickednes, and
forgeuest the offences of the remnaunt of thine heretage? He kepeth not his
wrath for euer. And why? his delyte is to haue compassion:
19 he shal turne agayne, & be mercyfull to vs: he shal put downe oure
wickednesses, & cast all oure synnes in to the botome of the see.
20 Thou shalt kepe thy trust with Iacob, and thy mercy for Abraham, like
as thou hast sworne vnto oure fathers longe agoo.