1 Here is the message about Judah and Jerusalem that was revealed to Isaiah son of Amoz during the time when Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah reigned over Judah. 2 Listen, O heavens, pay attention, O earth! For the Lord speaks: “I raised children, I brought them up, but they have rebelled against me! 3 An ox recognizes its owner, a donkey recognizes where its owner puts its food; but Israel does not recognize me, my people do not understand.” 4 Beware sinful nation, the people weighed down by evil deeds. They are offspring who do wrong, children who do wicked things. They have abandoned the Lord, and rejected the Holy One of Israel. They are alienated from him.
1 This is the Lord’s message that came to Micah of Moresheth during the time of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. 2 Listen, all you nations! Pay attention, all inhabitants of earth! The Sovereign Lord will act as a witness against you; the Lord will accuse you from his majestic palace. 3 Look, the Lord is coming out of his dwelling place! He will descend and march on the earth’s mountaintops! 4 The mountains will crumble beneath him, and the valleys will split apart like wax before a fire, like water dumped down a steep slope.
Notes and References
"... The question why the Book of Micah has many contacts with the Book of Isaiah cannot be explained biographically by stating Micah was a contemporary of Isaiah or a member of his prophetic school. Instead, the Book of Micah was approximated by redactors to the prophecy of Isaiah on the one hand and to the prophecies of Hosea and Amos on the other hand. Since these contacts are inextricably linked with each other and constitute a considerable part of the book, it can be assumed that there was never an independent Book of Micah. It was rather composed as a continuation of the prophecies of Hosea and Amos and as the representative of the central contents of Isaiah’s message in the Book of the Twelve ..."
Zapff, Burkard Maria Why is Micah similar to Isaiah? (pp. 536-554) Zeitschrift für die Alttestamentliche Wissenschaft, vol. 129, no. 4, 2017
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