God will destroy the city of Samaria
Hear this, everyone who lives on the earth!
The Lord God 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.
He will come to the high places (where you
He will destroy those places when he comes.
The valleys will also break into pieces.
They will move like water when it rushes down a hill.
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 and Jerusalem.
They have kept the high places there for people to offer gifts to false gods.
‘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.
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.’
Micah is sad for the people in Israel and Judah
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.
And the same will happen also to Judah's people.
The enemies have already reached the gates of my people, that is, Jerusalem itself.
Do not even weep there.
But you people at Beth-Leaphrah,
roll on the ground to show how sad you are.
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 Beth-Ezel will cry because nobody comes to help them.
They were waiting and hoping for something good.
But the Lord sent only something bad.
He brought trouble even to the gates of Jerusalem.
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.
because they must go away.
The houses in Akzib town will disappoint the kings of Israel.
to fight your town. And it will win.
And Israel's leaders will need to hide at Adullam.
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!