Micah's Message to God's People
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v1 These are the messages that the *Lord gave to Micah. Then Micah told them to the people during the times that Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah ruled the country called *Judah. Micah was born in a small town called Moresheth. God showed Micah about what would happen to the cities called Samaria and Jerusalem.
v2 Listen, all of you people everywhere!
Hear this, everyone who lives on the earth!
The *Lord who is ruler of everyone will speak against you.
You have done what is wrong. That is why he will speak against you.
He will speak from his special house.
v3 Look! The *Lord is leaving his place and he is coming down to the earth.
He will come to the high places (where you *worship false gods).
He will destroy those places when he comes.
v4 The mountains will melt when he comes,
like wax melts near a fire.
The valleys will break too.
They will move like water when it rushes down a hill.
v5 All these bad things will happen because *Jacob's people have refused to obey God.
These things will happen because Israel's people have done wrong things.
You may ask who has caused this.
It is the leaders in your capital cities,
Samaria city and Jerusalem city.
They have kept the high places there for people to offer gifts to false gods.
v6 So God says to you:
'I will destroy Samaria so that just a few stones are lying in the fields there.
Then people will plant vines in that place.
I will throw the stones from the city down into the valley,
when I completely destroy all the buildings.
v7 I will break all the false gods into pieces and I will destroy them.
I will burn all the gifts that the people brought for those false gods.
The people have paid so that they could have sex with bad women in those places.
Your enemies will come and they will take away this money.
They will give it to their gods in the same way.'
v8 Because of what God has said, I will cry aloud. And I will weep.
I will walk about without shoes or clothes.
I will scream like a wild dog,
and I will cry like a bird in the night.
v9 Because Samaria has such bad wounds that it can never get well.
And the same will happen also to *Judah's people.
The enemies have already reached the gates of my people, that is, Jerusalem itself.
v10 Do not talk about this in the city called Gath.
Do not even weep there.
But you people at Beth Leaphrah,
roll on the ground to show how sad you are.
v11 You people who live in Shaphir, go on your way.
Your enemies will not let you wear any clothes while they take you away.
So you will be ashamed.
The people who live in Zaanan will be afraid to leave their city.
The people at Bethezel will cry because nobody comes to help them.
v12 The people at Maroth are in pain while they wait.
They were waiting and hoping for something good.
But the *Lord sent only something bad.
He brought trouble even to the gates of Jerusalem.
v13 You people who live in Lachish, get your *war-carts and horses ready to go!
You were the first people in *Judah to do what is wrong.
You are exactly like Israel's people, because, like them, you refused to obey God.
v14 You will need to give gifts to the people in Moresheth Gath,
because they must go away.
The houses in Achzib town will disappoint the kings of Israel.
v15 People in Mareshah, I (God) will bring an army against you,
to fight your town. And it will win.
And Israel's leaders will need to hide at Adullam.
v16 People in *Judah, cut off all your hair.
Make yourselves bald like vultures,
because you will be very sad.
Your enemies will take your children away.
They will take your children, whom you love so much, away to another country!
v1 Micah continues:
People who prepare to do bad things should be afraid.
God will do bad things to them!
While they lie in bed, they think about bad things to do.
Then, when the morning comes, they do those bad things.
They have the authority to do whatever they want to do.
v2 When they want fields, they take them from other people.
When they want houses, they take them.
These cruel people take other people's homes and fields;
then those people's families have nothing.
v3 So the *Lord says this to them:
'I am against you.
You cannot save yourselves.
I will prepare trouble for you.
Then you will stop thinking that you are so very clever and important.
It will be a time of much trouble for you.
v4 At that time, people will say that you are fools.
They will sing this sad song on your behalf:
God has completely destroyed us!
We no longer have any fields, because God has taken them away from us.
He has given them to our enemies, who have turned away from what is right.
v5 So, when the *Lord's people measure the land again to give fields to everyone,
you will get none.
You will have nobody to speak on your behalf.'
v6 The bad people say to Micah: 'Do not prophesy like this to us!
Do not say that we will have trouble.
God will not make us ashamed!'
v7 Micah replies: It is wrong for you to say that the *Lord's Spirit is not angry with *Jacob's people.
God does not do bad things.
My (God's) words do good things.
He is kind to people who do the right things.
v8 'Even in days that have only just passed,
you have become enemies among my people', God says.
'You rob people of their coats when they pass by.
Even men who thought that they were safe now.
You even rob men who are returning home from war.
v9 You rob the women among my people too.
You take away their happy homes.
So, you take away what I want their children to enjoy.
v10 Get up and go away!
You cannot remain in this place because you have made it bad.
It is so bad that it will completely destroy you.
v11 When a person speaks false messages to you, then you believe them.
They might say that you would have plenty of *wine and strong drink.
That is the message that you would like!'
v12 'You people of Israel, I promise to bring all of you together.
I will bring back together all Israel's people who remain.
I will put all of you together like sheep in a field with a wall round it.
You will be like a field full of sheep.
There will be a loud noise because there will be so many of you.
v13 The person who breaks open the way will go in front of you.
Then you will go out through the gate.
I am the *Lord, your king, and I will lead you out.'
v1 Then I spoke to the leaders:
Listen to me, I said.
You are the leaders of *Jacob's people,
you are the rulers of Israel.
You ought to know what is right or wrong.
v2 But you *hate what is good.
And you love what is bad.
You would like to tear the skin off my people,
and pull the meat from their bones.
v3 You look at my people and you are like butchers.
They strip the skin off an animal and they break its bones.
Then they cut the meat into pieces and they cook it in a pot.
They are happy when they eat the meat.
v4 One day you will shout to the *Lord for help,
but he will not answer you.
Instead, God will turn away from you at that time,
because you have done those bad things.
v5 The *Lord has spoken about you *prophets who tell false messages. You lead my people the wrong way with false promises. If people give food to you, then you are happy. So, you promise that there will be no war. But, if people do not feed you, then you are angry. You promise that war will come.
v6 God says to you: 'It will be like night for you because it will be dark.
You will not see anything.
You will no longer be able to see what will happen in future times.
The sun will go down over you *prophets,
and the day will become dark for you.
v7 You saw what would happen in future times. That is what you said.
But you will be ashamed.
And you try to tell what will happen in future times.
But I will confuse you.
All of you will hide your faces because I will not answer you.'
v8 'But the Spirit of the *Lord fills me, to make me powerful', I told them.
He helps me to know what is right and fair.
He makes me brave so that I can speak to you, *Jacob's people.
I can tell you what you have done wrong.
You are Israel's people,
but you have not obeyed God.
v9 So listen to this, you leaders of *Jacob's people.
You are Israel's rulers.
But you never do what is right and fair.
You take what is good.
And you make it seem bad.
v10 You rule *Zion city, which is Jerusalem.
But you are cruel, and you kill honest people.
v11 You are the city's rulers, but you accept money from people.
Then you decide what is right or wrong.
You listen to the people who give the money to you.
Then they tell you what to decide.
You priests teach only if the people pay you to teach.
You *prophets speak about what will happen in future times.
But you only speak if you receive money.
But all of you, the leaders, still say that you believe the *Lord.
'The *Lord is with us, so nothing bad will happen to us', you say.
v12 So God says: 'Because of you,
I will make *Zion like a field that people have ploughed.
I will destroy Jerusalem so that only stones are lying there.
Weeds and bushes will grow all over the hill where they built my house.'
v1 In the last days,
the mountain where the *Lord's house is will be the highest mountain.
It will be the most important of all the mountains.
It will be higher than the hills,
and people from many countries will go to it.
v2 Many people will speak about it.
'Come! We will go up to the *Lord's mountain', they will say.
'We will go to the *Lord's house because he is the God of *Jacob's people.
He will teach us what he wants us to do.
He will show us the right way; so then we will be able to obey him.
The *Lord will speak his rules from *Zion.
He will send out his message from Jerusalem.'
v3 He will decide what is right or wrong between many countries.
He will cause strong countries everywhere to stop fighting each other.
They fight with *swords and spears.
But then, they will use hammers to make their *swords into ploughs.
They will make their spears into tools to cut plants.
One country will not fight another country any longer.
They will never prepare for war again.
v4 Everyone will sit under his own vine and his own fig tree.
Nobody will make them afraid any longer.
The *Lord, who has all authority, has promised this.
v5 People from other countries may be the servants of other gods.
But we will be servants of the *Lord our God.
We will obey him always.
v6 The *Lord speaks again:
'At that time I will bring together the people who cannot walk well.
I will bring back the people that I sent away.
I caused trouble for those people,
but I will bring them back together.
v7 I will make a new beginning with those people who cannot walk well.
Together with some of those people that I sent far away,
I will make them my own special people.
They will be strong,
and I will rule over them from *Zion's mountain.
I will be their king from that time and always.
v8 And as for Jerusalem city,
it was a strong, safe place for *Zion's people.
It was like a tall building,
from which a man can watch over his sheep.
Then it will again be a place where a king rules with great authority.'
v9 You people in Jerusalem,
you are crying aloud like people who have no king.
You cry like people who have nobody to advise them.
You have bad pains like a woman who is giving birth to a baby.
v10 People in *Zion, you will have a lot of pain,
like a woman who is giving birth to a baby.
She rolls about and she screams with pain.
Soon you will have to leave your city and you will have to live in the fields.
You will have to go to Babylon,
but there the *Lord will save you.
He will make you free again from the authority of your enemies.
v11 But now, at this time, many countries have come together to attack your city.
They say: 'We will destroy Jerusalem and we will enjoy ourselves.
We want to see *Zion's people in trouble.'
v12 But they do not know the *Lord's thoughts.
They do not understand how he will *punish them.
He will bring them together,
as people bring bundles of wheat together at *harvest time.
He will *punish them,
as people thresh wheat to get the seeds out.
v13 'People in *Zion, get up and fight your enemies', God says to you.
'Hit them like people thresh the wheat.
I will make you very strong.
Then you will be like dangerous animals with iron horns and metal feet.
You will beat enemies from many countries,
as men *crush things into small pieces.
The people from those countries became rich,
because they did bad things.
But you will bring their riches to me,
because I am the *Lord of all the earth.'
v1 Soldiers in Jerusalem, come together!
Get ready, because your enemies are attacking you.
They are all round the city, ready to fight.
They will hit Israel's ruler on his face with a stick.
v2 But God tells us this:
'Bethlehem Ephrathah is only a little town,
among all the many towns in *Judah', God says.
'But I will choose someone who is born there.
He will rule Israel for me.
Long, long ago, I prepared for him to come.'
v3 So God will turn away from his people,
until the time that the woman gives birth to this baby in Bethlehem.
Then this ruler's own people who are still alive will return to Israel.
v4 And this ruler will stay strong because the *Lord will make him strong.
He will supply what his people need.
He will be like a man who supplies everything for his sheep.
He will rule with authority from the *Lord his God,
and his people will be safe.
So then, all over the world, people will know that he is great.
v5 And he will cause the people to rest,
so that they have no trouble.
Assyria's soldiers will come to attack our country.
They will march through our large, strong buildings.
Then we will choose seven or eight leaders to fight against them.
v6 These leaders will use their *swords to destroy Assyria.
They will beat the people in the country called Nimrod with *swords in their hands.
Assyria's soldiers will come into our country.
They will march across our borders,
but our ruler will save us from them.
v7 And later, *Jacob's people who are still alive will be in many countries.
They will be everywhere,
like water on the ground in the early morning,
or rain on the grass.
The *Lord sends the water to help the plants,
but no human person can make it stay.
v8 *Jacob's people who are still alive will be living among people in many other countries.
They will become like a dangerous lion among the other animals in the forest.
They will become like a young lion among people's sheep.
The lion attacks other animals.
It knocks them down and it tears them in pieces.
Nobody can save them.
v9 You will be strong like that and so you will beat your enemies.
You will kill all of them.
v10 'At that time', the *Lord says, 'I will take your horses away from you.
I will destroy your *war-carts.
v11 I will destroy the cities in your country.
I will knock down all your strong buildings.
v12 You make bad spirits help you.
But I will destroy the things that you use to talk to them.
You will have nobody to tell you about future times.
v13 You bend down to *worship tall stones and idols.
But I will destroy all of them.
You will stop *worshipping things that you have made with your own hands.
v14 You *worship the false god Asherah,
but I will pull her poles from the ground.
I will even destroy your cities.
v15 Also I will *punish all the people in other countries who refuse to obey me.
I will show them that I am very angry with them.'
v1 Now listen to what the *Lord says:
'Stand up! Explain in front of the mountains what I want to say.
Speak loud so that the hills can hear your voice.
v2 Listen, you mountains.
Hear this, you strong places that have always been there deep in the earth.
God has a quarrel with Israel's people.
Hear the reasons why God is angry with you, his people.'
v3 'My people, what bad thing have I done to you?' God asks.
'How have I made you tired of me?
v4 I brought you out of Egypt.
You were slaves in that country,
but I made you free people.
I sent Moses to lead you,
and Aaron and Miriam with him.
v5 My people, please remember the bad things that King Balak of Moab tried to do.
And remember what Balaam, Beor's son, answered him.
Remember your journey from Shittim to Gilgal.
Then you will remember that I, the *Lord, do good things.'
v6 'I come to meet with the *Lord', you say.
'I must know what to bring when I come.
I bend down to *worship him.
I must know what to offer when I bend down.
He is God and he is greater than everything.
Perhaps he would like it if I burn young cows one year old for him.
v7 He might be happy with thousands of male sheep,
or ten thousand rivers of olive oil.
I have not obeyed God.
I might even kill and burn my oldest son, because of that.
I have done wrong things and I must pay God for that.
Perhaps, if I give my own child to him, that will be enough to pay.'
v8 But God has told us what is good. This is what the *Lord wants from us:
'You must be fair to other people', God says.
'You must want to be kind.
And you must be careful to do what I show you.'
v9 The *Lord shouts to the people in Jerusalem city.
So, it is good for us to listen carefully to what he says.
'Listen to me, because I have the authority to *punish you', God says.
v10 'You bad people still hide valuable things that you have taken from other people.
I will not forget this.
You bad people use false weights to measure the food that you sell.
I *hate that.
v11 I will not excuse you people who use false weights.
You are not being honest if you weigh things like that.
v12 You rich people in the city are very cruel.
Everyone there says things that are not true.
All of them speak false words.
v13 So, I will make you so sick that you will never get well.
I have begun to destroy you because you have done bad things.
v14 You will eat, but you will still feel hungry.
You will store things and you will try to keep them safe.
But you will fail to save them.
I will cause enemies to destroy all your things in the war.
v15 You will plant seeds,
but you will not bring in the *harvest.
You will *crush olives,
but you will not use the olive oil for yourselves.
You will *crush *grapes,
but you will not drink the *wine from them.
v16 You have obeyed the rules of King Omri.
You have done what King Ahab and all his people did.
You have copied their bad example.
So, I must destroy you and all your things completely.
Then people from other countries will not be kind or polite to you.
Instead, they will make you ashamed.'
v1 I am very sad!
I am like someone who comes to trees with no fruit on them.
Other people have picked the fruit already.
So, I am like those people who can only pick the last *grapes.
Those are the *grapes that other people leave behind.
Really, there are no *grapes there to eat.
There are none of the first figs that I like so much.
v2 There are no longer any people here who obey God.
There are no good, honest people.
Everyone is waiting to kill someone else.
They are all like hunters, who try to catch each other.
v3 They know very well how to work together to do bad things.
Rulers demand gifts and judges ask for money.
Powerful bad people always get what they want.
All these people work together to do what is bad.
v4 The best of them are dangerous like wild plants with thorns.
The most honest of them are worse than thorn bushes.
The bad time that your *prophets told you about is coming.
Soon God will *punish you,
and you will be confused.
v5 Do not believe anyone, even somebody that you know well.
You cannot be sure that your friend will always be honest with you.
Be careful what you say to your wife.
Be careful even when you are hugging her.
v6 Sons think that their fathers are fools.
And daughters refuse to obey their mothers.
Wives quarrel with their husbands' mothers.
A man's enemies are the people who live in his own house now.
v7 But as for me, I will watch for what the *Lord will do.
I will wait for God, who saves me.
I know that he hears me.
v8 My enemy, do not be happy because I am in trouble.
I have fallen down, but I will get up.
I am in the dark, but the *Lord will be a light to me.
v9 I have not obeyed the *Lord,
so he is angry with me.
He will continue to *punish me,
until the time when he speaks for me.
Then he will make things right for me.
He will bring me out into the light.
He always does what is really right.
And I will see that then.
v10 'Why does the *Lord your God not help you?' my enemies say to me.
They will see what God does for me.
Then they will be very ashamed.
And I will see the bad things that happen to them.
Soon other people will *crush them and beat them.
Then they will be like wet ground in the streets under people's feet.
v11 But the time will come for you to build the walls of your cities again.
You will make the borders of your country much wider then.
v12 At that time many of Assyria's people and Egypt's people will come to you.
People will come to you from the countries between Egypt and the River Euphrates.
They will come to you from all over the earth,
from sea to sea and from mountain to mountain.
v13 The other parts of the earth will become sad places where nobody lives.
God will destroy them because of the people who live there.
Those people have done what is bad.
v14 Rule us and lead us, *Lord.
You are like a man who leads his sheep.
He uses a strong stick to lead them.
We are your own special people.
We are like a group of sheep that lives by itself in a forest.
There is good grass all round them.
Let your sheep eat grass in Bashan and Gilead,
as they did a long time ago.
v15 *Lord, you did great things long ago,
when you brought us out of the country called Egypt.
Do great things like that again.
v16 The people in other countries will see what you do.
They will understand that they are not really powerful.
So then they will be ashamed.
They will be like deaf and dumb people (people who cannot speak or hear).
v17 They will be like snakes that move along the ground.
They will eat the ground like snakes because they will be very afraid.
They will come out of their safe places,
because they will be afraid of you, the *Lord our God.
v18 No other god is like you.
You chose us to be your people.
And you decide not to remember what we have done wrong.
Not many of your people remain and we have done bad things.
But you choose to forget those bad things.
You will not always be angry,
because you want very much to be kind.
v19 You like to be kind because you love us.
So, again you will remove everything that we have done wrong.
You will *crush those bad things.
You will throw all of them into the deep sea.
v20 You will continue to be kind to us,
because we are *Jacob's and Abraham's people.
That is what you promised to our grandfathers a long time ago.
BC ~ before Christ's birth.
crush ~ to break something into little pieces by pushing on it and making it flat.
grape ~ a small, sweet fruit that people *crush to make *wine.
harvest ~ the time when people pick all the fruits that are ready to eat; or those fruits themselves.
hate ~ to strongly or completely not like something or someone. To hate is the opposite of to love.
Jacob ~ another name for Israel. Jacob was Abraham's grandson.
Jew ~ a person who is born from Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and their children.
Jewish ~ a word that describes a *Jew or anything that belongs to a *Jew.
Judah ~ the name of the country where Micah lived. When Micah was alive, the country of Israel was two separate parts. The name of the north part was Israel and the name of the south part was Judah.
Lord ~ master; another name for God; it means that he is above everyone else.
prophet ~ person who speaks (God's) messages. They often tell about future events.
punish ~ cause someone to hurt, because they have done bad things; cause trouble for someone, because they have done bad things.
sword ~ a long metal knife. Soldiers used swords to fight.
war-cart ~ this carried soldiers to war. Horses pulled these carts.
wine ~ a drink that people make from *grapes. It contains alcohol.
worship ~ to love and thank someone (God) more than anyone else.
Zion ~ another name for Jerusalem.
Jay Green ~ The Interlinear Hebrew-Greek-English Bible ~ Volume III
Leslie C. Allen ~ The New International Commentary on the Old Testament ~ The Books of Joel, Obadiah, Jonah and Micah
Ralph L. Smith ~ Word Biblical Commentary ~ Volume 32: Micah-Malachi
IVP New Bible Commentary ~ 21st Century Edition
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