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MICAH

 

Chapter 1 Chapter 3 Chapter 5 Chapter 7
Chapter 2 Chapter 4 Chapter 6  

   

 

CHAPTER 1

 

1 Thys is the worde of že Lord that came vnto Micheas the Morastite, in the dayes of Iothan, Ahas & Iehezekiah kinges of Iuda: which was shewed hym vpon Samaria & Ierusalem.
2 Heare all ye people, marcke thys well O earth, and all that therin is: Yee the Lorde God hym selfe be wytnesse amonge you, euen the Lord from hys holy temple.
3 For why? beholde, the Lord shal go oute of his place, & come downe & treade vpon the hye thynges of the earth.
4 The mountaynes shall consume vnder hym, and the valleyes shall cleue asunder, lyke as wax consumeth at the fyre, & as the waters runne downwarde.
5 And all this shall be for the wyckednesse of Iacob, and the synnes of the house of Israell. But what is the wyckednesse of Iacob? Is not Samaria? Whiche are the hye places of Iuda? Is not Ierusalem?
6 Therfore I shall make Samaria an heape of stones in že felde, to laye aboute the vineyarde: her stones shall I cast in to the valley, & discouer her foundacions.
7 All her Images shalbe broken downe & all her wynnynges shalbe brent in the fyre: yee all her Idols wyll I destroye: for why, they are gathered out of že hyre of an whore, and in to an whores hyre shall they be turned agayne.
8 Wherfore I wyll mourne and make lamentacion, bare & naked wyll I go: I must mourne lyke the dragons, and take sorow as že Estriches:
9 for their wounde is past remedy: And why? it is come in to Iuda, & hath touched že porte of my people at Ierusalem alredy.
10 Wepe not, lest they at Geth perceyue it. Thou at Betaphra, welter thy self in the dust & asshes.
11 Thou that dwellest at Sephir get the hence with shame. The proude shall boost nomore for very sorowe: and why? her neyghboure shall take from her what she hath.
12 The rebellyous cytye hopeth, that it shal not be so euell: but for all that, že plage shall come from the Lorde, euen in to the porte of Ierusalem.
13 The greate noyse of the charettes shal feare them, that dwell at Lachis, whyche is an occasyon of the synne of the daughter of Sion, for in the came vp the wyckednesses of Israell.
14 Yee she sent her coursers in to the lande of Geth. The houses of lyes wyll dysceaue the kinges of Israell.
15 And as for the (O thou that dwellest at Morassa) I shall brynge a possessioner vpon the, and the plage of Israel shall reach vnto Odolla.
16 Make the balde, & shaue the, because of thy tender chyldren: Make the cleane balde as an Aegle, for they shalbe caryed awaye captyue from the.

 

CHAPTER 2

 

1 O wo vnto them, that Imagyn to do harme, & deuyse vngracyousnesse vpon their beddes, to perfourme it in the cleare daye: for there power is agaynst God.
2 When they couet to haue lande, they take it by vyolence, they robbe men of their houses. Thus they oppresse a man for his house, & euery man for hys heretage.
3 Therfore thus sayeth the Lorde: Beholde agaynst thys housholde haue I deuysed a plage, wherout ye shal not plucke your neckes: Ye shal nomore go so proudely, for it wyll be a perlous tyme.
4 In that daye shall thys terme be vsed, and a mournynge shalbe made ouer you on thys maner: We be vtterly desolate, the porcyon of my people is translated. When wyll he parte vnto vs the lande, that he hath taken from vs?
5 Neuertheles there shalbe no man to deuyde the thy porcyon in the congregacyon of the Lorde.
6 Tush, holde youre tunge (saye they.) It shall not fall vpon thys people, we shall not come so to confusyon,
7 sayeth the house of Iacob. Is the sprete of the Lorde so cleane awaye? or is he so mynded? Trueth it is, my wordes are frendly vnto them that lyue right:
8 but my people doth the contrary, therfore must I take parte agaynst them: for they take awaye both cote and cloke from the symyle. Ie haue turned youre selues to fyght,
9 the wemen of my people haue ye shot out from their good houses, and taken away my excellent gyftes from their chyldren.
10 Vp, get you hence, for here shall ye haue no rest. Because of their Idolatrye they are corrupte, & shall myserably perishe.
11 If I were a fleshlye felowe, & a preacher of lyes, & tolde them that they myght syt bebbynge & bollyng, and be droncken: O that were a Prophete for this people.
12 But I wyll gather the in dede, O Iacob, & dryue the remnaunt of Israell all together I shall cary them one wyth another, as a flocke in the folde, and as the catell in their stalles, that they maye be dysquyeted of other men.
13 Who so breaketh the gappe, he shall go before. They shal breake vp že porte, and go in and out at it. Their kynge shall go before them, and the Lorde shallbe vpon the head of them.

 

CHAPTER 3

 

1 Heare, O ye heades of the house of Iacob, & peleders of že house of Israel: Shulde not ye know what were lawfull and ryght?
2 But ye hate the good, and loue the euell: ye plucke of mennes skynnes, and the flesh from their bones:
3 ye eate the flesh of my people, and slay of their skynne: ye breake their bones, ye choppe them in peces as it were in to a cauldron, and as flesh into a pot.
4 Now the tyme shall come, that when they call vnto the Lorde, he shall not heare them, but hyde hys face from them, because that thorowe their owne Imaginacyons they haue dealte so wyckedly.
5 And as concernynge the prophetes that disceyue my people, thus the Lorde sayeth agaynst them: When they haue enye thynge to byte vpon, then they preach that all shalbe well: but yf a man put not some thynge is to their mouthes, they preach of warre agaynst hym.
6 Therfore youre vysyon shallbe turned to night, & youre prophecyenge to darckness. The Sunne shall go downe ouer those prophetes, and the daye shalbe darcke vnto them.
7 Then shall the vysyon seers be ashamed, and the suthsayers confounded: yee they shallbe fayne, all the packe of them, to stoppe their mouthes, for they haue not Gods worde.
8 As for me, I am full of strength, and of the sprete of the Lorde, full of iudment and boldnesse: to shewe the house of Iacob their wyckednesse, and the house of Israell their synne.
9 O heare this ye rulers of the house of Iacob, and ye iudges of the house of Israell: ye that abhorre the thynge that is laufull, and wrayst asyde the thynge that is streyght.
10 Ye that buylde vp Syon wyth bloude, and Ierusalem wyth doynge wronge.
11 O ye iudges, ye geue sentence for gyftes: O ye preastes, ye teach for lucre: O ye Prophetes, ye prophecy for monye. Yet wyll they be taken as those that holde vpon God, and saye: Is not the Lorde amonge vs? Tushe, there can no mysfortune happen vs.
12 Therfore shall Syon (for youre sakes) be plowed lyke a felde: Ierusalem shalbe come an heape of stones, and the hyll of the temple shalbe turned to an hye wodde.

 

CHAPTER 4

 

1 Bvt in the latter dayes it wyll come to passe, that the hyll of že Lordes house shallbe sett vp hyer then enye mountaynes or hylles: Yee the people shall prease vnto it,
2 and the multitude of the Gentyles shall haste them thyther, sayeng: Come lett vs go vp to the hyll of the Lorde, and to the house of the God of Iacob: that he maye teach vs hys wayes, & that we maye walke in hys parthes. For the lawe shall come out of Sion, and the worde of God from Ierusalem,
3 and shall geue sentence amonge the multytude of the Heathen and refourme the people of farre countrees: so that of their sweardes they shall make plowshares, and sythes of their speares. One people shall not lyft vp a swearde agaynst another, yee they shal nomore learne to fyght:
4 but euerye man shall syt vnder hys vineyarde and vnder his fygetre, & no man to fraye hym awaye: for the mouth of že Lord of hostes hath spoken it.
5 Therfore, where as all the people haue walcked euery man in the name of hys owne God, we wyll walcke in the name of oure God for euer and euer.
6 At the same tyme, sayeth the Lorde, wyll I gather vp the lame and the outcastes, and soche as I haue chastened:
7 & wyll geue yssue vnto the lame, and make of the out castes a greate people: and the Lorde hym selfe shalbe their kynge vpon the mount Sion, from this tyme forth for euermore.
8 And vnto the (O thou tower of Eder, thou strong holde of the doughther Sion) vnto the shall it come: euen the lordshype and kyngdome of the daughter Ierusalem.
9 Why then art thou now so heuy? is there no Kynge in the? are they councelers awaye that thou art so payned, as a woman in her trauayle?
10 And now (O thou daughter Sion) be sory, let it greue the as a wyfe laborynge wyth chyld: for now must thou gett the out of the cytie, & dwell vpon the playne felde: Yee vnto Babylon shalt thou go, there shalt thou be delyuered, and there the Lorde shall lowse the from the hande of thyne enemyes.
11 Now also are there manye people gathered together agaynst the, sayinge: what, Sion is cursed, we shal se oure lust vpon her.
12 But they knowe not the thoughtes of the Lorde, they vnderstande not hys councell, that shal gather them together as the sheeues in the barne.
13 Therfore get the vp, O thou doughter Sion, & throsshe out the corne: For I wyll 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 of the whole worlde.

 

CHAPTER 5

 

1 After that shalt thou be robbed thy selfe, O thou robbers daughter: they shall laye sege agaynst vs, & smyte the iudge of Israell wyth a rodde vpon the cheke.
2 And thou Bethleem Ephrata, art lytle among the thousandes of Iuda, Out of že shall come vnto me, whyche shall be the gouernoure in Israell: whose out goinge hath bene from the begynnyge, and from euerlastynge.
3 In the meane whyle he plageth them for a season, vntyll the tyme that she (whyche shall beare) haue borne: then shall the remnaunt of hys brethren be conuerted vnto the chyldren of Israell.
4 He shall stande fast, and geue fode in the strength of the Lorde, and in the vyctorye of the name of the Lorde hys God: and when they be conuerted, he shal be magnifyed vnto the farthest partes of the worlde.
5 Then shall there be peace, so that the Assirian maye come in to oure lande, and treade in oure houses. We shall brynge vp seuen shepherdes and .viij. prynces vpon them:
6 these shall subdue the lande of Assur wyth the swerde, and the lande of Nymrod wyth their naked weapens. Thus shall he delyuer vs from the Assirian, when he commeth within oure lande, & setteth hys fote wythin oure borders.
7 And the remnaunt of Iacob shalbe amonge the multytude of people, as the dewe of the Lorde, and as the droppes vpon the grasse, that tarieth for no man, & wayteth of no body.
8 Yee the resydue of Iacob shalbe amonge the Gentyles and the multitude of people, as the lyon amonge the beastes of the wod, and as the Lyons whelpe amonge a flocke of shepe: whyche (when he goeth thorowe) treadeth downe, teareth in peces, and there is no man that can helpe.
9 Thyne hande shalbe lyft vp vpon thyne enemyes, and all thyne aduersaries shall perish.
10 The tyme shall come also, sayeth the Lord, that I wyll take thyne horses from the, and destroye thy charettes.
11 I wyll breake downe the cytyes of thy lande, and ouerthrowe all thy stronge holdes.
12 All witchcraftes wyll I rote oute of thyne hande, there shall no mo soyth sayinges be within the.
13 Thyne Idols and thyne Images will I destroye out of the so that thou shalt nomore bowe thy selfe vnto the worckes of thyne owne handes.
14 Thy groues wyll I plucke vp by the rotes, and breake downe the cyties.
15 Thus wyll I be auenged also, vpon all the Heathen that wyll not heare.

 

CHAPTER 6

 

1 Herken now what the Lorde sayeth: Vp reproue the mountaynes, and let the hylles heare thy voyce.
2 O heare the punishment of the Lord, ye mountaynes, & ye myghtie foundacions of the earth: for the Lorde wyll reproue hys people, and reason with Israel:
3 O my people, what haue I done vnto the? or wherin haue I hurte the? geue me answere.
4 Because I brought the from the lande of Egypte, 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 že kyng of Moab had Imagyned agaynst the, and what answeree that Balaam the sonne of Beor gaue hym, from Sethim vnto Galgal, that ye maye know the louyng kyndnesses of the Lorde.
6 What acceptable thynge shall I offre vnto the Lord? shall I bowe my knee to the hye God? Shall I come before hym wyth brentoffrynges, and wyth calues of a yeare olde?
7 Hath the Lorde a pleasure in many thousand rammes, or innumerable streames of oyle? Or shal I geue my fyrstborne for myne offences, and the fruyte of my body for the synne of my soule?
8 I wyll shewe the, O man, what is good, & what the Lorde requyreth of the: Namely, to do right, to haue pleasure in louynge kyndnesse, to be lowlye, and to walcke wyth thy God:
9 that thou mayest be called a cytye of the Lorde, & that thy name maye be ryghtuousnesse. Heare (O ye trybes) who wolde els geue you soch warnynge?
10 Shulde I not be displeased, for že vnrightuous good in the houses of the wycked, and because the measure hys mynyshed?
11 Or shulde I iustifie the false balaunces and the bagge of disceytfull weyghtes,
12 amonge those that be full of ryches vnryghtuously gotten: where the cyte syns deale with falshede, speake lies, & haue dysceytfull tunges in their mouthes?
13 Therfore I wyll take in hande to punysh the, and to make the desolate, because of thy sinnes:
14 Thou shalt eate, & not haue ynough: yee thou shalt bringe thy selfe downe. Thou shalt fle, but not escape: and those that thou woldest saue, wyll I delyuer to the swerde.
15 Thou shalt sowe, but not reape: thou shalt presse out oliues, but oyle shalt thou not haue to anoynte thy selfe wythall: thou shalt tread out swete must, but shalt dryncke no wyne.
16 Ye kepe the ordynaunces of Amri, & all the customes of že house of Ahab: ye folowe their pleasures, therfore wyll I make the waste, & cause thy inhabyters to be abhorred, O my people: and thus shalt thou beare thyne owne shame.

 

CHAPTER 7

 

1 Wo is me: I am become as one, that goeth a gleanynge in the haruest. There are no mo grapes to eate, yet wolde I fayne (with all my herte) haue of the best fruyte.
2 There is not a godlye man vpon earth, there is not one ryghtuous amonge men. They laboure al to shed bloud, and euery man hunteth his brother to death:
3 yet they saye: they do well, when they do euil. As the prince wyll, so sayeth the iudge: that he maye do him a pleasure agayne. The greate man speaketh what his herte desyreth: & the hearers alowe hym.
4 The best of them is but as a thistle, & the most rightuous of them is but as a breer in the hedge. But when the day of thy preachers commeth, that thou shalt be vysyted: then shall they be wasted awaye.
5 Let no man beleue hys frende, nor put his confidence in a prynce. Kepe the porte of thy mouthe, from her that lyeth in thy bosome:
6 for the sonne shall put hys father to dyshonoure, the doughter shall ryse agaynst her mother, the doughter in lawe agaynst her mother in lawe: & a mans foes shalbe euen they of hys owne houshold.
7 Neuerthelesse I wyll loke vp vnto the Lorde, I wyll pacyentlye abyde God my sauyoure: my God shall heare me.
8 O thou enemye of myne, reioyce not at my fal, for I shal get vp agayne: and thoughe I syt in my darckenesse, yet the Lorde is my lyght.
9 I wyl beare the punyshment of the Lorde (for why? I haue offended hym) tyll he sit in iudgement vpon my cause, and se that I haue ryghte. He wyll brynge me forth to the lyght, & I shall se hys ryghtuousnesse.
10 She that is myne enemy shall loke vpon it, & be confounded, which now sayth. Where is thy Lorde God? Myne eyes shall beholde her, when she shalbe troden doune, as the clay in the stretes.
11 The tyme will come, that thy gappes shall be made vp, & the lawe shall go abroade:
12 & at že tyme shal they come vnto the, from Assur vnto the stronge cytyes, & from the stronge cytyes vnto the ryuer: from the one sea to the other, from the one mountaine to že other.
13 Not withstandynge the land must be wasted, because of them that dwell therein, and for the frutes of theyr owne Imaginacyons.
14 Therfore fede thy people wyth thy rodde, the flocke of thyne herytage which dwell desolate in the woodde, that they maye be fedde vpon the mounte of Charmell, Basan & Galaad as afore tyme.
15 Maruelous thinges wyll I shewe them, lyke as when they came oute of Egypte.
16 This shall the heathen se, and be ashamed for all theyr power, so that they shal laye theyr hande vpon theyr mouthe, and stoppe theyr eares.
17 They shal licke the dust lyke a serpente, & as the wormes of the earthe that tremble in theyr holes. They shalbe afraid of the Lorde oure God, and they shall feare the.
18 Where is there such a God as thou? that pardonest wickednes, and forgeuest the offences of the remnaunte of thyne herytage? He kepeth not hys wrath for euer. And why? his delyte is to haue compassyon:
19 he shal turne agayne, and be mercyfull to vs: he shall put doune oure wyckednesses, and caste all oure synnes into the botome of the sea.
20 Thou shalt kepe thy truste wyth Iacob, and thy mercye for Abraham, lyke as thou haste sworne vnto oure fathers longe agoo.