26:18 “Micah from Moresheth 1 prophesied during the time Hezekiah was king of Judah. 2 He told all the people of Judah,
‘The Lord who rules over all 3 says,
“Zion 4 will become a plowed field.
Jerusalem 5 will become a pile of rubble.
The temple mount will become a mere wooded ridge.”’ 6
1 sn Micah from Moresheth was a contemporary of Isaiah (compare Mic 1:1 with Isa 1:1) from the country town of Moresheth in the hill country southwest of Jerusalem. The prophecy referred to is found in Mic 3:12. This is the only time in the OT where an OT prophet is quoted verbatim and identified.
2 sn Hezekiah was co-regent with his father Ahaz from 729-715
3 tn Heb “Yahweh of armies.”
sn For an explanation of this title for God see the study note on 2:19.
4 sn Zion was first of all the citadel that David captured (2 Sam 5:6-10), then the city of David and the enclosed temple area, then the whole city of Jerusalem. It is often in poetic parallelism with Jerusalem as it is here (see, e.g., Ps 76:2; Amos 1:2).
6 sn There is irony involved in this statement. The text reads literally “high places of a forest/thicket.” The “high places” were the illicit places of worship that Jerusalem was supposed to replace. Because of their sin, Jerusalem would be like one of the pagan places of worship with no place left sacrosanct. It would even be overgrown with trees and bushes. So much for its inviolability!