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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

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The word of the LORD that came to Micah the Morashtite, who prophesied concerning Samaria and Jerusalem in the reigns of Kings Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah of Judah.

1 2Listen, all you peoples, Give heed, O earth, and all it holds; And let my Lord GOD be your accuser— My Lord from His holy abode. 3For lo! the LORD Is coming forth from His dwelling‐place, He will come down and stride Upon the heights of the earth. 4The mountains shall melt under Him And the valleys burst open— Like wax before fire, Like water cascading down a slope. 5All this is for the transgression of Jacob And for the sins of the House of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob But Samaria, And what the shrines a Emendation yields “sins.” of Judah But Jerusalem? 6So I will turn Samaria Into a ruin in open country, Into ground for planting vineyards; For I will tumble her stones into the valley And lay her foundations bare. 7All her sculptured images shall be smashed, And all her harlot's wealth be burned, And I will make a waste heap of all her idols, For they were amassed from fees for harlotry, And they shall become harlots' fees again. 8Because of this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked! I will lament as sadly as the jackals, As mournfully as the ostriches. 9For her a I.e., the nation's. wound is incurable, It has reached Judah, It has spread to the gate of my people, To Jerusalem. 10 b Meaning of much of vv. 10–13 uncertain. They may refer to the transfer of part of western Judah to Philistine rule by Sennacherib of Assyria in the year 701 B.C.E. Tell it not in Gath, Refrain from weeping; c So that enemies may not gloat; cf. 2 Sam. 1.20 . In Beth‐leaphrah, Strew dust d Heb. ‘aphar, a play on Beth‐leaphrah; vv. 10–15 contain several similar puns. over your [head]. 11Pass on, inhabitants of Shaphir! Did not the inhabitants of Zaanan Have to go forth naked in shame? There is lamentation in Beth‐ezel— It will withdraw its support from you. 12Though the inhabitants of Maroth Hoped for good, Yet disaster from the LORD descended Upon the gate of Jerusalem. 13Hitch the steeds to the chariot, Inhabitant of Lachish! It is the beginning Of Fair Zion's guilt; Israel's transgressions Can be traced to you! 14Truly, you must give a farewell gift To Moresheth‐gath. e‐ Emendation yields “Fair Achzib is The houses of Achzib are ‐e Emendation yields “Fair Achzib is To the kings of Israel Like a spring that fails. 15A dispossessor will I bring to you Who dwell in Mareshah; At Adullam the glory Of Israel shall set. 16 a A common rite of mourning; cf. Jer. 7.29. Shear off your hair and make yourself bald For the children you once delighted in Make yourself as bald as a vulture, For they have been banished from you.

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a Emendation yields “sins.”

a I.e., the nation's.

b Meaning of much of vv. 10–13 uncertain. They may refer to the transfer of part of western Judah to Philistine rule by Sennacherib of Assyria in the year 701 B.C.E.

c So that enemies may not gloat; cf. 2 Sam. 1.20 .

d Heb. ‘aphar, a play on Beth‐leaphrah; vv. 10–15 contain several similar puns.

e‐e Emendation yields “Fair Achzib is

a A common rite of mourning; cf. Jer. 7.29.

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