The Complete Bible: An American Translation

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THE BOOK OF MICAH

THE SUPERSCRIPTION, 1:1

THE word of the LORD which1 came to Micah, the Morashtite, in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he received concerning Samaria and Jerusalem.


THE DOWNFALL OF ISRAEL,
1:2-9

Hear, O peoples, all of you!2 Give heed, O earth, and everything in it! And let the Lord GOD be a witness against you, The Lord from his holy temple.

For, lo, the LORD is coming forth3 from his place, And he will descend and tread upon the heights of the earth; And the mountains shall melt under4 him, And the valleys be split asunder, Like wax before the fire, Like waters poured down a precipice.

For the transgression of Jacob is all5 this, And for the sin of the house of Judah. What is Jacob's transgression? Is it not Samaria? And what is Judah's sin? Is it not Jerusalem?

So I will turn Samaria into a ruin of6 the field, Into a planted vineyard. And I will pour down her stones into into the valley, And lay bare her foundations.

All her carved images shall be smashed7 to pieces, And all her images shall be burned; And all her idols I will lay waste. For from the harlot's hire they were gathered, And unto the harlot's hire they shall return. For this let me lament and wail; 8 Let me go barefoot and stripped. Let me make lamentation like the jackals, And mourning like the ostriches.

For her stroke is incurable; 9 For it has come even to Judah; It reaches the gate of my people, Even to Jerusalem.


A DIRGE FOR ISRAEL, 1:10-16

Tell it not in Gath! 10 Weep bitterly in Bethel; roll yourselves in dust. They sound the trumpet abroad for 11 you, O inhabitant of Shaphir. Froth her city she comes not forth, the inhabitant of Zaanan. Beth-ezel is taken from its foundations, from the site where it stood. How can she hope for good, 12 the inhabitant of Maroth? For disaster will come down from the LORD, to the gate of Jerusalem. Harness the steed to the chariot, 13 O inhabitant of Lachish -- The beginning of sin was she to the daughter of Zion -- For in you are found the transgressions of Israel. Therefore you shall give parting gifts 14 to Moresheth Gath. Beth-achzib has become a snare to the kings of Israel. I will again bring the conqueror to 15 you, O inhabitant of Mareshah. Unto Adullam shall come the glory of Israel. Make yourself bald, tear out your 16 hair, for the children you delight in; Enlarge your baldness like the eagle's, for they will go into exile from you.

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The Complete Bible: An American Translation
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • The Old Testament - An American Translation xi
  • Preface xiii
  • Publisher's Note xvi
  • Part I - The Pentateuch *
  • The Book of Genesis 1
  • The Book of Exodus 51
  • The Book of Leviticus 90
  • The Book of Numbers 118
  • The Book of Deuteronomy 158
  • Part II - The Historical Books 193
  • The Book of Joshua 195
  • The Book of Judges 218
  • The Book of Ruth 243
  • The First Book of Samuel 247
  • The Second Book of Samuel 281
  • The First Book of Kings 310
  • The Second Book of Kings 342
  • The First Book of Chronicles 373
  • The Second Book of Chronicles 400
  • The Book of Ezra 434
  • The Book of Nehemiah 444
  • The Book of Esther 458
  • Part III - The Poetical Books 467
  • The Book of Job 469
  • The Psalms 500
  • The Book of Proverbs 581
  • The Book of Ecclesiastes 611
  • The Song of Songs 619
  • Part IV - The Books of the Prophets 625
  • The Book of Isaiah 627
  • The Book of Jeremiah 690
  • The Book of Lamentations 753
  • The Book of Ezekiel 761
  • The Book of Daniel 810
  • The Book of Hosea 826
  • The Book of Joel 836
  • The Book of Amos 840
  • The Book of Obadiah 848
  • The Book of Jonah 850
  • The Book of Micah 852
  • The Book of Nahum 858
  • The Book of Habakkuk 861
  • The Book of Zephaniah 864
  • The Book of Haggai 868
  • The Book of Zechariah 870
  • The Book of Malachi 880
  • The Apocrypha - An American Translation i
  • Preface ii
  • The First Book of Esdras 1
  • The Second Book of Esdras 16
  • The Book of Tobit 45
  • The Book of Judith 55
  • The Additions to the Book of Esther 69
  • The Wisdom of Solomon 73
  • The Wisdom of Sirach 91
  • The Book of Baruch 137
  • The Story of Susanna 144
  • The Song of the Three Children 147
  • The Story of Bel and the Dragon 150
  • The Prayer of Manasseh 152
  • The First Book of Maccabees 153
  • The Second Book of Maccabees 182
  • The New Testament - An American Translation i
  • Preface iii
  • The Gospel According to Matthew 1
  • The Gospel According to Mark 32
  • The Gospel According to Luke 52
  • The Gospel According to John 85
  • The Acts of the Apostles 111
  • The Letter to the Romans 142
  • The First Letter to the Corinthians 155
  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians 168
  • The Letter to the Galatians 176
  • The Letter to the Ephesians 181
  • The Letter to the Philippians 185
  • Letter to the Colossians 188
  • The First Letter to the Thessalonians 191
  • The Second Letter to the Thessalonians 194
  • The First Letter to Timothy 196
  • The Second Letter to Timothy 200
  • The Letter to Titus 203
  • The Letter to Philemon 205
  • The Letter to the Hebrews 206
  • The Letter of James 216
  • The First Letter of Peter 219
  • The Second Letter of Peter 223
  • The First Letter of John 226
  • The Second Letter of John 230
  • The Third Letter of John 231
  • The Letter of Jude 232
  • The Revelation of John 233
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