RF MIC 1:1 MIKAH.
The Prophetic Office of Mikah was from about 750 to 710 B.C.
THE Message of the EVER-LIVING that came to Mikah, the Morasthite, in the times of Jotham, Ahaz, and Ezekiah, Kings of Judah. He saw this about Shomeron and Jerusalem.
RF MIC 1:2 The Appeal to the Nations to Repent.
Come listen all Peoples!
Let Earth and her products attend.
The MIGHTY LORD comes against you,
The LORD starts from His Holy Abode!
RF MIC 1:3 For look! The LORD comes from His Home,
Descends, and proceeds on the heights of the earth!
RF MIC 1:4 And beneath Him the hills are dissolved,
And the plains are like wax before fire,
As water poured down from a steep!
RF MIC 1:5 All this is for Jacob's revolt,
And Israel's house that has sinned.
"What is Jacob's sin?" Shomeron.—
"And what Judah's revolt?" Jerusalem!
RF MIC 1:6 So I make Shomeron a field full of ruins;
And weeds will spread over her farm,
And uncover the stones laid beneath!
RF MIC 1:7 And her Idols shall all be destroyed,
And her whoredoms be burnt in the fire,
And her Statues be flung out to rot;
For by them she gained prostitute's hire,
So in hiring whores they will go!
RF MIC 1:8 Yet for this I will mourn and lament,
I will wander all naked and stripped,
I will mournfully wail like the Jackals,
And moan like the Daughters of Woe,
RF MIC 1:9 For her sores that can never be cured,
But have gone, and gave Judah disease,
O! My People, at Jerusalem's Gates,
RF MIC 1:10 Tell not of your sorrow to Gath,
Weep not in the House of the Dust,
Nor say I have rolled on the ground.
RF MIC 1:11 Pass on, pampered Lady, alone,
Stripped bare, and exposed to your shame!—
Your crowd of Companions come not
To the sorrowful house of restraint.
From you they have taken the home!
RF MIC 1:12 Why looks the Lady of Sorrows for joy?—
When sorrow comes down from the LORD,
To Jerusalem's Gates?
RF MIC 1:13 Yoke the swift steeds to the chariot,
Oh lady residing in Lakish!—
You caused the first loss to Bath-Zion,
For in you were found Israel's sins.
RF MIC 1:14 Send divorce to the ladies of Gath,—
Those fair girls deceived Israel's Kings!
RF MIC 1:15 But yet I will bring you a Master,
Proud Lady, to govern you right.—
RF MIC 1:16 Shave, and shear, for the children you loved!
Like the bald eagle, make yourself bald,
For from you they are carried away!
NOTE.—Ch. 1, verses 10 to 16. My version reads many supposed names of cities of the old translators, as noun-adjectives poetically describing the sorrows of Israel under the title of the "Lady of Sorrows"—"Zethbeth Marosh"—F.F.