The word of the Lord that came to Micah the Morasthite in the dayes of Iotham,
Ahaz, and Hezekiah Kings of Iudah, which hee saw concerning Samaria and
2 Heare all ye people, hearken O earth, and all that therein is, and let the
Lord God be witnesse against you, the Lord from his holy temple.
3 For behold, the Lord commeth forth out of his place, and will come downe and
tread vpon the high places of the earth.
4 And the mountaines shall be molten vnder him, and the valleis shall be cleft:
as waxe before the fire, and as the waters that are powred downe a steepe place.
5 For the transgression of Iacob is all this, and for the sinnes of the house of
Israel: What is the transgression of Iacob? Is it not Samaria? and what are the
high places of Iudah? are they not Ierusalem?
6 Therfore I will make Samaria as an heape of the field, and as plantings of a
vineyard; and I will powre downe the stones therof into the valley, and I will
discouer the foundations thereof.
7 And all the grauen images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires
thereof shall be burnt with the fire, and all the idoles therof will I lay
desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall returne
to the hire of an harlot.
8 Therfore I wil waile and houle, I will goe stript and naked: I will make a
wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the owles.
9 For her wound is incurable, for it is come vnto Iudah: he is come vnto the
gate of my people, euen to Ierusalem.
10 Declare yee it not at Gath, weepe yee not at all: In the house of Aphrah
rowle thy selfe in the dust.
11 Passe yee away thou inhabitant of Saphir, hauing thy shame naked; the
inhabitant of Zaanan came not forth in the mourning of Beth-ezel, he shall
receiue of you his standing.
12 For the inhabitant of Maroth waited carefully for good, but euill came downe
from the Lord vnto the gate of Ierusalem.
13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the charet to the swift beast: she is the
beginning of the sinne to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel
were found in thee.
14 Therfore shalt thou giue presents to Moresheth-Gath: the houses of Achzib
shalbe a lie to ye kings of Israel.
15 Yet wil I bring an heire vnto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: he shall come
vnto Adullam, the glory of Israel
16 Make thee bald, and polle thee for thy delicate children, enlarge thy
baldnesse as the Eagle, for they are gone into captiuitie from thee.
1 Woe to them that deuise iniquitie, and worke euill vpon their beds: when the
morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.
2 And they couet fields and take them by violence: and houses, and take them
away: so they oppresse a man and his house, euen a man and his heritage.
3 Therefore thus saith the Lord, Behold, against this familie doe I deuise an
euill, from which ye shall not remoue your necks, neither shall ye goe
haughtily: for this time is euill.
4 In that day shall one take vp a parable against you, and lament with a
dolefull lamentation, and say, We be vtterly spoiled: hee hath changed the
portion of my people: how hath he remoued it from me? turning away hee hath
diuided our fields.
5 Therefore thou shalt haue none that shall cast a cord by lot in the
Congregation of the Lord.
6 Prophecie ye not, say they, to them that prophecie: they shall not prophecie
to them, that they shall not take shame.
7 O thou that art named the house of Iacob, is the Spirit of the Lord straitned?
are these his dongs? doe not my words do good to him that walketh vprightly?
8 Euen of late, my people is risen vp as an enemie: ye pull off the robe with
the garment, fro them that passe by securely, as men auerse from warre.
9 The women of my people haue ye cast out from their pleasant houses, from their
children haue ye taken away my glory for euer.
10 Arise ye and depart, for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it
shall destroy you euen with a sore destruction.
11 If a man walking in the spirit and falshood, doe lie, saying, I will
prophecie vnto thee of wine and of strong drinke, he shall euen bee the prophet
of this people.
12 I will surely assemble, O Iacob, all of thee: I will surely gather the
remnant of Israel, I will put them together as the sheepe of Bozrah, as the
flocke in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the
multitude of men.
13 The breaker is come vp before them: they haue broken vp and haue passed
through the gate, and are gone out by it, and their king shal passe before them,
& the Lord on the head of them.
1 And I said, Heare, I pray you, O heads of Iacob, and ye princes of the house
of Israel: is it not for you to know iudgement?
2 Who hate the good and loue the euill, who plucke off their skinne from off
them, and their flesh from off their bones.
3 Who also eate the flesh of my people, and flay their skinne from off them, and
they breake their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh
within the cauldron.
4 Then shall they cry vnto the Lord, but he will not heare them: he will euen
hide his face from them at that time, as they haue behaued themselues ill in
5 Thus saith the Lord concerning the Prophets that make my people erre, that
bite with their teeth and crie; Peace: and he that putteth not into their
mouths, they euen prepare warre against him:
6 Therefore night shall be vnto you, that yee shall not haue a vision, and it
shall be darke vnto you, that yee shall not diuine, and the Sunne shall goe
downe ouer the Prophets, and the day shall be darke ouer them.
7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diuiners confounded: yea, they shall
all couer their lips; for there is no answere of God.
8 But truely I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord, and of iudgment and
of might, to declare vnto Iacob his transgression, and to Israel his sinne.
9 Heare this, I pray you, yee heads of the house of Iacob, and princes of the
house of Israel, that abhorre iudgement and peruert all equitie.
10 They build vp Zion with blood, and Ierusalem with iniquitie.
11 The heads thereof iudge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hyre,
and the Prophets thereof diuine for money: yet will they leane vpon the Lord,
and say; Is not the Lord among vs? none euill can come vpon vs.
12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be plowed as a field, and Ierusalem shal
become heapes, and the mountaine of the house, as the high places of the forrest.
1 But in the last dayes it shal come to passe, that the mountaine of the house
of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountaines, and it shalbe
exalted aboue the hilles, and people shall flow vnto it.
2 And many nations shall come, and say; Come, and let vs goe vp to the mountaine
of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Iacob, and he will teach vs of his
wayes, and wee will walke in his pathes: for the Law shall goe foorth of Zion,
and the word of the Lord from Ierusalem.
3 And he shall iudge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afarre off,
and they shall beate their swords into plowshares, and their speares into
pruning hookes: nation shall not lift vp a sword against nation, neither shall
they learne warre any more.
4 But they shall sit euery man vnder his Uine, and vnder his figgetree, and none
shal make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hostes hath spoken it.
5 For all people will walke euery one in the name of his god, and we will walke
in the Name of the Lord our God for euer and euer.
6 In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will
gather her that is driuen out, and her that I haue afflicted.
7 And I will make her that halted, a remnant; and her that was cast farre off, a
strong nation; and the Lord shall reigne ouer them, in Mount Zion from
hencefoorth, euen for euer.
8 And thou, O towre of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, vnto
thee shall it come, euen the first dominion, the kingdome shall come to the
daughter of Ierusalem.
9 Now why doest thou cry out alowd? is there no king in thee? is thy counseller
perished? for pangs haue taken thee, as a woman in trauell.
10 Bee in paine and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in
trauell: for now shalt thou goe foorth out of the citie, and thou shalt dwel in
the field, and thou shalt go euen to Babylon: there shalt thou be deliuered:
there the Lord shall redeeme thee from the hand of thine enemies.
11 Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be
defiled, & let our eye look vpon Zion.
12 But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither vnderstand they his
counsell: for hee shall gather them as the sheaues into the floore.
13 Arise and thresh, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horne yron, &
I will make thy hooues brasse, and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I
will consecrate their gaine vnto the Lord, and their substance vnto the Lord of
the whole earth.
1 Now gather thy selfe in troupes, O daughter of troupes: he hath laid siege
against vs: they shal smite the Iudge of Israel with a rod vpon the cheeke.
2 But thou Beth-leem Ephratah, though thou bee little among the thousands of
Iudah, yet out of thee shall he come foorth vnto mee, that is to be ruler in
Israel: whose goings foorth haue bene from of old, from euerlasting.
3 Therefore will hee giue them vp, vntill the time that shee which trauaileth,
hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall returne vnto the
children of Israel.
4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the Maiestie of
the Name of the Lord his God, and they shall abide: for now shall he be great
vnto the ends of the earth.
5 And this man shall bee the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land:
and when hee shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seuen
Shepheards, and eight principall men.
6 And they shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of
Nimrod in the entrances thereof: thus shall hee deliuer vs from the Assyrian,
when he commeth into our land, and when hee treadeth within our borders.
7 And the remnant of Iacob shall be in the midst of many people, as a dew from
the Lord, as the showres vpon the grasse that tarieth not for man, nor waiteth
for the sonnes of men.
8 And the remnant of Iacob shal be among the Gentiles in the middest of many
people, as a Lyon among the beasts of the forrest, as a yong Lyon among the
flockes of sheepe: who if he goe through, both treadeth downe, and teareth in
pieces, and none can deliuer.
9 Thine hand shall be lift vp vpon thine aduersaries, and all thine enemies
shalbe cut off.
10 And it shall come to passe in that day, sayth the Lord, that I will cut off
thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy charets.
11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw downe all thy strong
12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand, and thou shalt haue no more
13 Thy grauen images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the
midst of thee: & thou shalt no more worship the worke of thine hands.
14 And I will plucke vp thy groues out of the middest of thee: so will I destroy
15 And I will execute vengeance in anger, and furie vpon the heathen, such as
they haue not heard.
1 Heare yee now what the Lord saith, Arise, contend thou before the mountaines,
and let the hilles heare thy voice.
2 Heare yee, O mountaines, the Lords controuersie, and ye strong foundations of
the earth: for the Lord hath a controuersie with his people, and he will pleade
3 O my people, what haue I done vnto thee, and wherein haue I wearied thee?
Testifie against me.
4 For I brought thee vp out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the
house of seruants, and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron and Miriam.
5 O my people, remember now what Balak king of Moab consulted, and what Balaam
the sonne of Beor answered him from Shittim vnto Gilgal, that yee may know the
righteousnesse of the Lord.
6 Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow my selfe before the high God?
Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calues of a yeere olde?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rammes, or with tenne thousands of
riuers of oyle? Shall I giue my first borne for my transgression, the fruit of
my body for the sinne of my soule?
8 Hee hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doeth the Lord require of
thee, but to do iustly, and to loue mercy, and to walke humbly with thy God?
9 The Lords voice cryeth vnto the citie, and the man of wisedome shall see thy
Name: heare ye the rodde, and who hath appointed it.
10 Are there yet the treasures of wickednesse 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
12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof
haue spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitfull in their mouth.
13 Therefore also will I make thee sicke in smiting thee, in making thee
desolate, because of thy sinnes.
14 Thou shalt eate, but not be satisfied, and thy casting downe shall be in the
midst of thee, and thou shalt take holde, but shalt not deliuer: & that
which thou deliuerest, will I giue vp to the sword.
15 Thou shalt sow, but thou shalt not reape: thou shalt tread the oliues, but
thou shalt not anoint thee with oile; & sweet wine, but shalt not drinke
16 For the statutes of Omri are kept, and all the workes of the house of Ahab,
and ye walke in their counsels, that I should make thee a desolation, and the
inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore yee shall beare the reproch of my
1 Woe is mee, for I am as when they haue gathered the summer fruits, as the
grape gleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eate: my soule desired
the first ripe fruit.
2 The good man is perished out of the earth, and there is none vpright among
men: they all lie in waite for blood: they hunt euery man his brother with a
3 That they may doe euill with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the
iudge asketh for a reward: and the great man, he vttereth his mischieuous
desire: so they wrap it vp.
4 The best of them is as a brier: the most vpright is sharper then a thorne
hedge: the day of thy watchmen, and thy visitation commeth; now shall be their
5 Trust yee not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keepe the doores
of thy mouth from her that lyeth in thy bosome.
6 For the sonne dishonoureth the father: the daughter riseth vp against her
mother: the daughter in law against her mother in law; a mans enemies are the
men of his owne house.
7 Therefore I will looke vnto you the Lord: I will waite for the God of my
saluation: my God will heare me.
8 Reioyce not against mee, O mine enemie: When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit
in darknes, the Lord shall be a light vnto me.
9 I will beare the indignation of the Lord, because I haue sinned against him,
vntill he plead my cause, and execute iudgement for me: he will bring me forth
to the light, and I shall behold his righteousnesse.
10 Then she that is mine enemie shall see it, and shame shall couer her which
said vnto mee; Where is the Lord thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now shall
she bee troden downe, as the myre of the streets.
11 In the day that thy walles are to be built, in that day shall the decree bee
12 In that day also he shal come euen to thee from Assyria, and from the
fortified cities, and from the fortresse euen to the riuer, and from Sea to Sea,
and from mountaine to mountaine;
13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell
therein, for the fruite of their doings.
14 Feede thy people with thy rod, the flocke of thine heritage, which dwell
solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feede in Bashan and
Gilead, as in the dayes of old.
15 According to the dayes of thy comming out of the land of Egypt will I shew
vnto him meruailous things.
16 The nations shall see, and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay
their hand vpon their mouth: their eares shall be deafe.
17 They shall licke the dust like a serpent, they shall moue out of their holes
like wormes of the earth: they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall
feare because of thee.
18 Who is a God like vnto thee, that pardoneth iniquitie, and passeth by the
transgression of the remnant of his heritage? hee retaineth not his anger for
euer, because he delighteth in mercy.
19 He wil turne againe, he will haue compassion vpon vs: he will subdue our
iniquities, and thou wilt cast all their sinnes into the depths of the Sea.
20 Thou wilt performe the trueth to Iacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou
hast sworne vnto our fathers from the dayes of old.