whenever I want to heal Israel, the sin of Ephraim is revealed, and the evil deeds of Samaria are exposed. For they do what is wrong; thieves break into houses, and gangs rob people out in the streets.
O Samaria, he has rejected your calf idol! My anger burns against them! They will not survive much longer without being punished, 1 even though they are Israelites!
Woe 1 to those who live in ease in Zion, 2 to those who feel secure on Mount Samaria. They think of themselves as 3 the elite class of the best nation. The family 4 of Israel looks to them for leadership. 5
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
All this is because of Jacob’s rebellion and 1 the sins of the nation 2 of Israel. How has Jacob rebelled, you ask? 3 Samaria epitomizes their rebellion! 4 Where are Judah’s pagan worship centers, you ask? 5 They are right in Jerusalem! 6
“I will turn Samaria 1 into a heap of ruins in an open field – vineyards will be planted there! 2 I will tumble 3 the rubble of her stone walls 4 down into the valley, and tear down her fortifications to their foundations. 5
Then 1 the church throughout Judea, Galilee, 2 and Samaria experienced 3 peace and thus was strengthened. 4 Living 5 in the fear of the Lord and in the encouragement of the Holy Spirit, the church 6 increased in numbers.
So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia 1 and Samaria, they were relating at length 2 the conversion of the Gentiles and bringing great joy 3 to all the brothers.
In the thirty-eighth year of King Azariah’s reign over Judah, Jeroboam’s son Zechariah became king over Israel. He reigned in Samaria 1 for six months.
Make this announcement in 1 the fortresses of Ashdod and in the fortresses in the land of Egypt. Say this: “Gather on the hills around Samaria! 2 Observe the many acts of violence 3 taking place within the city, 4 the oppressive deeds 5 occurring in it.” 6
Samaria has not committed half the sins you have; you have done more abominable deeds than they did. 1 You have made your sisters appear righteous with all the abominable things you have done.
In the thirty-eighth year of Asa’s reign over Judah, Omri’s son Ahab became king over Israel. Ahab son of Omri ruled over Israel for twenty-two years in Samaria. 1