4 This displeased Jonah terribly 1 and he became very angry. 2 2 He prayed to the Lord and said, “Oh, Lord, this is just what I thought 3 would happen 4 when I was in my own country. 5 This is what I tried to prevent 6 by attempting to escape to Tarshish! 7 – because I knew 8 that you are gracious and compassionate, slow to anger 9 and abounding 10 in mercy, and one who relents concerning threatened judgment. 11 3 So now, Lord, kill me instead, 12 because I would rather die than live!” 13 4 The Lord said, “Are you really so very 14 angry?” 15
5 Jonah left the city and sat down east 16 of it. 17 He made a shelter for himself there and sat down under it in the shade to see what would happen to the city. 18 6 The Lord God appointed 19 a little plant 20 and caused it to grow up over Jonah to be a shade over his head to rescue 21 him from his misery. 22 Now Jonah was very delighted 23 about the little plant.
7 So God sent 24 a worm at dawn the next day, and it attacked the little plant so that it dried up. 8 When the sun began to shine, God sent 25 a hot 26 east wind. So the sun beat down 27 on Jonah’s head, and he grew faint. So he despaired of life, 28 and said, “I would rather die than live!” 29 9 God said to Jonah, “Are you really so very angry 30 about the little plant?” And he said, “I am as angry 31 as I could possibly be!” 32 10 The Lord said, “You were upset 33 about this little 34 plant, something for which you have not worked nor did you do anything to make it grow. It grew up overnight and died the next day. 35 11 Should I 36 not be even more 37 concerned 38 about Nineveh, this enormous city? 39 There are more than one hundred twenty thousand people in it who do not know right from wrong, 40 as well as many animals!” 41
1 This is the prophetic message that the Lord gave to 1 Micah of Moresheth. He delivered this message 2 during the reigns of 3 Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. The prophecies pertain to 4 Samaria 5 and Jerusalem. 6
2 Listen, all you nations! 7
Pay attention, all inhabitants of earth! 8
The sovereign Lord will testify 9 against you;
the Lord will accuse you 10 from his majestic palace. 11
3 Look, 12 the Lord is coming out of his dwelling place!
He will descend and march on the earth’s mountaintops! 13
4 The mountains will disintegrate 14 beneath him,
and the valleys will be split in two. 15
The mountains will melt 16 like wax in a fire,
the rocks will slide down like water cascading down a steep slope. 17
5 All this is because of Jacob’s rebellion
and 18 the sins of the nation 19 of Israel.
How has Jacob rebelled, you ask? 20
Samaria epitomizes their rebellion! 21
Where are Judah’s pagan worship centers, you ask? 22
They are right in Jerusalem! 23
6 “I will turn Samaria 24 into a heap of ruins in an open field –
vineyards will be planted there! 25
I will tumble 26 the rubble of her stone walls 27 down into the valley,
and tear down her fortifications to their foundations. 28
7 All her carved idols will be smashed to pieces;
all her metal cult statues will be destroyed by fire. 29
I will make a waste heap 30 of all her images.
Since 31 she gathered the metal 32 as a prostitute collects her wages,
the idols will become a prostitute’s wages again.” 33
8 For this reason I 34 will mourn and wail;
I will walk around barefoot 35 and without my outer garments. 36
I will howl 37 like a wild dog, 38
and screech 39 like an owl. 40
9 For Samaria’s 41 disease 42 is incurable.
It has infected 43 Judah;
it has spread to 44 the leadership 45 of my people
and has even contaminated Jerusalem! 46
10 Don’t spread the news in Gath! 47
Don’t shed even a single tear! 48
In Beth Leaphrah sit in the dust! 49
11 Residents 50 of Shaphir, 51 pass by in nakedness and humiliation! 52
The residents of Zaanan can’t leave their city. 53
Beth Ezel 54 mourns, 55
“He takes from you what he desires.” 56
12 Indeed, the residents of Maroth 57 hope for something good to happen, 58
though the Lord has sent disaster against the city of Jerusalem. 59
13 Residents of Lachish, 60 hitch the horses to the chariots!
You 61 influenced Daughter Zion 62 to sin, 63
for Israel’s rebellious deeds can be traced back 64 to you!
14 Therefore you 65 will have to say farewell 66 to Moresheth Gath.
The residents 67 of Achzib 68 will be as disappointing
as a dried up well 69 to the kings of Israel. 70
15 Residents of Mareshah, 71 a conqueror will attack you, 72
the leaders of Israel shall flee to Adullam. 73
16 Shave your heads bald as you mourn for the children you love; 74
shave your foreheads as bald 75 as an eagle, 76
for they are taken from you into exile.
2 Those who devise sinful plans are as good as dead, 1
those who dream about doing evil as they lie in bed. 2
As soon as morning dawns they carry out their plans, 3
because they have the power to do so.
2 They confiscate the fields they desire,
and seize the houses they want. 4
They defraud people of their homes, 5
and deprive people of the land they have inherited. 6
3 Therefore the Lord says this: “Look, I am devising disaster for this nation! 7
It will be like a yoke from which you cannot free your neck. 8
You will no longer 9 walk proudly,
for it will be a time of catastrophe.
4 In that day people will sing this taunt song to you –
they will mock you with this lament: 10
‘We are completely destroyed;
they sell off 11 the property of my people.
How they remove it from me! 12
They assign our fields to the conqueror.’ 13
5 Therefore no one will assign you land in the Lord’s community. 14
6 ‘Don’t preach with such impassioned rhetoric,’ they say excitedly. 15
‘These prophets should not preach of such things;
we will not be overtaken by humiliation.’ 16
7 Does the family 17 of Jacob say, 18
‘The Lord’s patience 19 can’t be exhausted –
he would never do such things’? 20
To be sure, my commands bring a reward
for those who obey them, 21
8 but you rise up as an enemy against my people. 22
You steal a robe from a friend, 23
from those who pass by peacefully as if returning from a war. 24
9 You wrongly evict widows 25 among my people from their cherished homes.
You defraud their children 26 of their prized inheritance. 27
10 But you are the ones who will be forced to leave! 28
For this land is not secure! 29
Sin will thoroughly destroy it! 30
11 If a lying windbag should come and say, 31
‘I’ll promise you blessings of wine and beer,’ 32
he would be just the right preacher for these people! 33
12 I will certainly gather all of you, O Jacob,
I will certainly assemble those Israelites who remain. 34
I will bring them together like sheep in a fold, 35
like a flock in the middle of a pasture; 36
they will be so numerous that they will make a lot of noise. 37
13 The one who can break through barriers will lead them out 38
they will break out, pass through the gate, and leave. 39
Their king will advance 40 before them,
The Lord himself will lead them. 41