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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
3 O my people, what haue I done vnto the? or wherin haue I hurte the? geue me
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
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
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
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
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
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.