The Parallel Bible. The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments translated out of the Original Tongues: being the Authorised Version arranged in parallel columns with the Revised Version (Oxford University Press, 1885). Micah. http://oll.libertyfund.org/titles/1005,
|Available in the following formats:|
|Facsimile PDF||694 KB||This is a facsimile or image-based PDF made from scans of the original book.|
|EBook PDF||276 KB||This text-based PDF or EBook was created from the HTML version of this book and is part of the Portable Library of Liberty.|
|HTML||59 KB||This version has been converted from the original text. Every effort has been taken to translate the unique features of the printed book into the HTML medium.|
Micah’s book warns that God will punish idolaters, those who are unjust to men of lesser station, and religious men who use their profession for financial gain. The latter half of the work, also called the “Promises,” seems to date from a much later period than Micah’s and foresees the ultimate restoration of the state of Israel, in which Yahweh will rule directly over a peaceful kingdom.
The text is in the public domain.
This material is put online to further the educational goals of Liberty Fund, Inc. Unless otherwise stated in the Copyright Information section above, this material may be used freely for educational and academic purposes. It may not be used in any way for profit.
1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah the Morasthite in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.
5 For the transgression of Jacob is all this, and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? is it not Samaria? and what are the high places of Judah? are they not Jerusalem?
6 Therefore I will make Samaria as an heap of the field, and as plantings of a vineyard: and I will pour down the stones thereof into the valley, and I will discover the foundations thereof.
7 And all the graven images thereof shall be beaten to pieces, and all the hires thereof shall be burned with the fire, and all the idols thereof will I lay desolate: for she gathered it of the hire of an harlot, and they shall return to the hire of an harlot.
8 Therefore I will wail and howl, I will go stripped and naked: I will make a wailing like the dragons, and mourning as the †owls.
9 For ∥her wound is incurable; for it is come unto Judah; he is come unto the gate of my people, even to Jerusalem.
12 For the inhabitant of Maroth ∥waited carefully for good: but evil came down from the Lord unto the gate of Jerusalem.
13 O thou inhabitant of Lachish, bind the chariot to the swift beast: she is the beginning of the sin to the daughter of Zion: for the transgressions of Israel were found in thee.
15 Yet will I bring an heir unto thee, O inhabitant of Mareshah: ∥he shall come unto Adullam the glory of Israel.
16 Make thee *bald, and poll thee for thy delicate children; enlarge thy baldness as the eagle; for they are gone into captivity from thee.
1 Woe to them that devise iniquity, and work evil upon their beds! when the morning is light, they practise it, because it is in the power of their hand.
3 Therefore thus saith the Lord; Behold, against this family do I devise an evil, from which ye shall not remove your necks; neither shall ye go haughtily: for this time is evil.
4 ¶ In that day shall one take up a parable against you, and lament †with a doleful lamentation, and say, We be utterly spoiled: he hath changed the portion of my people: how hath he removed it from me! ∥turning away he hath divided our fields.
5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall *cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the Lord.
9 The ∥women of my people have ye cast out from their pleasant houses; from their children have ye taken away my glory for ever.
10 Arise ye, and depart; for this is not your rest: because it is polluted, it shall destroy you, even with a sore destruction.
11 If a man ∥walking in the spirit and falsehood do lie, saying, I will prophesy unto thee of wine and of strong drink; he shall even be the prophet of this people.
12 ¶ I will surely assemble, O Jacob, all of thee; I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together as the sheep of Bozrah, as the flock in the midst of their fold: they shall make great noise by reason of the multitude of men.
13 The breaker is come up before them: they have broken up, and have passed through the gate, and are gone out by it: and their king shall pass before them, and the Lord on the head of them.
1 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and ye princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment?
2 Who hate the good, and love the evil; who pluck off their skin from off them, and their flesh from off their bones;
3 Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the pot, and as flesh within the caldron.
4 Then shall they cry unto the Lord, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.
5 ¶ Thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that make my people err, that *bite with their teeth, and cry, Peace; and he that putteth not into their mouths, they even prepare war against him.
6 Therefore night shall be unto you, †that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, †that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.
7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners Edition: current; Page:  confounded: yea, they shall all cover their †lips; for there is no answer of God.
8 ¶ But truly I am full of power by the spirit of the Lord, and of judgment, and of might, to declare unto Jacob his transgression, and to Israel his sin.
9 Hear this, I pray you, ye heads of the house of Jacob, and princes of the house of Israel, that abhor judgment, and pervert all equity.
11 The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the Lord, †and say, Is not the Lord among us? none evil can come upon us.
12 Therefore shall Zion for your sake be *plowed as a field, and Jerusalem shall become heaps, and the mountain of the house as the high places of the forest.
1 But *in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.
3 ¶ And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into *plowshares, and their spears into ∥pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
4 But they shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it.
5 For all people will walk every one in the name of his god, and we will walk in the name of the Lord our God for ever and ever.
6 In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;
8 ¶ And thou, O tower of the flock, the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.
9 Now why dost thou cry out aloud? is there no king in thee? is thy counseller perished? for pangs have taken thee as a woman in travail.
10 Be in pain, and labour to bring forth, O daughter of Zion, like a woman in travail: for now shalt thou go forth out of the city, and thou shalt dwell in the field, and thou shalt go even to Babylon; there shalt thou be delivered; there the Lord shall redeem thee from the hand of thine enemies.
11 ¶ Now also many nations are gathered against thee, that say, Let her be defiled, and let our eye look upon Zion.
12 But they know not the thoughts of the Lord, neither understand they his counsel: for he shall gather them as the sheaves into the floor.
13 Arise and threah, O daughter of Zion: for I will make thine horn iron, and I will make thy hoofs brass: and thou shalt beat in pieces many people: and I will consecrate their gain unto the Lord, and their substance unto the Lord of the whole earth.
1 Now gather thyself in troops, O daughter of troops: he hath laid siege against us: they shall smite the judge of Israel with a rod upon the cheek.
2 But thou, *Beth-lehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that Edition: current; Page:  is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from †everlasting.
3 Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel.
4 ¶ And he shall stand and ∥feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.
5 And this man shall be the peace, when the Assyrian shall come into our land: and when he shall tread in our palaces, then shall we raise against him seven shepherds, and eight †principal men.
6 And they shall †waste the land of Assyria with the sword, and the land of Nimrod ∥in the entrances thereof: thus shall he deliver us from the Assyrian, when he cometh into our land, and when he treadeth within our borders.
7 And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.
8 ¶ And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of ∥sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
9 Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.
10 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:
11 And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
12 And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
13 Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy ∥standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
14 And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy ∥cities.
15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.
2 Hear ye, O mountains, the Lord’s controversy, and ye strong foundations of the earth: for the Lord hath a controversy with his people, and he will plead with Israel.
3 O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me.
4 For I brought thee up out of the land of *Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of servants; and I sent before thee Moses, Aaron, and Miriam.
6 ¶ Wherewith shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before the high God? shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves †of a year old?
7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my †body for the sin of my soul?
9 The Lord’s voice crieth unto the city, and ∥the man of wisdom shall see thy name: hear ye the rod, and who hath appointed it.Edition: current; Page: 
11 ∥Shall I count them pure with the wicked balances, and with the bag of deceitful weights?
12 For the rich men thereof are full of violence, and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
13 Therefore also will I make thee sick in smiting thee, in making thee desolate because of thy sins.
14 Thou shalt eat, but not be satisfied; and thy casting down shall be in the midst of thee; and thou shalt take hold, but shalt not deliver; and that which thou deliverest will I give up to the sword.
15 Thou shalt *sow, but thou shalt not reap; thou shalt tread the olives, but thou shalt not anoint thee with oil; and sweet wine, but shalt not drink wine.
16 ¶ For ∥the statutes of *Omri are kept, and all the works of the house of *Ahab, and ye walk in their counsels; that I should make thee a ∥desolation, and the inhabitants thereof an hissing: therefore ye shall bear the reproach of my people.
1 Woe is me! for I am as †when they have gathered the summer fruits, as the grapegleanings of the vintage: there is no cluster to eat: my soul desired the firstripe fruit.
3 ¶ That they may do evil with both hands earnestly, the prince asketh, and the judge asketh for a reward; and the great man, he uttereth †his mischievous desire: so they wrap it up.
4 The best of them is as a brier: the most upright is sharper than a thorn hedge: the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh; now shall be their perplexity.
5 ¶ Trust ye not in a friend, put ye not confidence in a guide: keep the doors of thy mouth from her that lieth in thy bosom.
6 For *the son dishonoureth the father, the daughter riseth up against her mother, the daughter in law against her mother in law; a man’s enemies are the men of his own house.
7 Therefore I will look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation: my God will hear me.
8 ¶ Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.
9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his righteousness.
10 ∥Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame shall cover her which said unto me, *Where is the Lord thy God? mine eyes shall behold her: now †shall she be trodden down as the mire of the streets.
11 In the day that thy *walls are to be built, in that day shall the decree be far removed.
12 In that day also he shall come even to thee from Assyria, ∥and from the fortified cities, and from the fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to mountain.
13 ∥Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings.
14 ¶ ∥Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old.
15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things.
16 ¶ The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
17 They shall lick the *dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like ∥worms of the earth: Edition: current; Page:  they shall be afraid of the Lord our God, and shall fear because of thee.
18 Who is a God like unto thee, that *pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.
Heb. Hear, ye people, all of them.
Deut. 32. 1. Is 1. 2.
Heb. the fulness thereof.
Is 26 21.
Ps. 115. 3.
Deut. 32 13. & 33. 29
Ps. 97. 5
Heb. a descent.
Heb. daughters of the owl.
Or, she is grievously sick of her wounds.
2 Sam. 1. 20.
That is, Dust.
Jer 6. 26
Or, thou that dwellest fairly.
Is. 47. 2, 3.
Or, the country of flocks.
Or, a place near.
Or, was grieved.
That is, A lie.
Or, the glory of Israel shall come, &c.
Is. 22. 12.
Is. 5. 8.
Heb. with a lamentation of lamentations.
Or, instead of restoring.
Deut. 32 8, 9.
Or, Prophesy not as they prophesy.
Heb. Drop, &c.
Is 30. 10.
Heb. over against a garment.
Or, walk with the wind, and lie falsely.
ch. 2. 11.
Heb. from a vision.
Heb. from divining.
Heb upper lip.
Ezek. 22 27. Zeph. 3. 3.
Jer. 26. 18.
Is. 2. 2, &c.
Is. 2 4 Joel 3 10
Zeph. 3 19.
Dan. 7. 14 Luke 1. 33.
Matt. 2. 6. John 7. 42.
Heb the days of eternity.
Heb. princes of men.
Heb. eat up.
Or, with her own naked swords.
Is 1. 2.
Ex. 12 51 & 14 30.
Num. 22 5. & 23 7.
Num. 25 1 Josh 5. 10
Heb. sons of a year?
Deut 10 12.
Heb. humble thyself to walk.
Or, thy name shall see that which is
Or, Is there yet unto every man an house of the wicked, &c.
Heb. measure of leanness.
Or, Shall I be pure with, &c.
Deut. 28. 38. Hag. 1. 6.
Or, he doth much keep the &c.
1 Kin. 16. 25, 26.
1 Kin. 16 30, &c.
Heb. the gatherings of summer.
Ps. 12. 1. Is. 57. 1.
Or, godly. or, merciful.
Heb. the mischief of his soul.
Matt. 10 21, 35, 36. Luke 21. 16.
Or, And thou wilt see her that is mine enemy, and cover her with shame.
Ps. 79. 10. & 115. 2. Joel 2. 17.
Heb. she shall be for a treading down.
Amos 9. 11, &c.
Or, even to.
Or, After that it hath been.
Ps. 72. 9.
Or, creeping things.
Ex. 34. 6, 7.