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Micah 1:6-7

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1:6 “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 

1:7 All her carved idols will be smashed to pieces;

all her metal cult statues will be destroyed by fire. 6 

I will make a waste heap 7  of all her images.

Since 8  she gathered the metal 9  as a prostitute collects her wages,

the idols will become a prostitute’s wages again.” 10 

1 map For location see Map2 B1; Map4 D3; Map5 E2; Map6 A4; Map7 C1.

2 tn Heb “into a planting place for vineyards.”

3 tn Heb “pour” (so NASB, NIV); KJV, NRSV “pour down”; NAB “throw down”; NLT “roll.”

4 tn Heb “her stones.” The term stones is a metonymy for the city walls whose foundations were constructed of stone masonry.

5 tn Heb “I will uncover her foundations.” The term “foundations” refers to the lower courses of the stones of the city’s outer fortification walls.

6 tn Heb “and all her prostitute’s wages will be burned with fire.”

sn The precious metal used by Samaria’s pagan worship centers to make idols are here compared to a prostitute’s wages because Samaria had been unfaithful to the Lord and prostituted herself to pagan gods, such as Baal.

7 tn Heb “I will make desolate” (so NASB).

8 tn Or “for” (KJV, NASB, NRSV).

9 tn No object is specified in the Hebrew text; the words “the metal” are supplied from the context.

10 tn Heb “for from a prostitute’s wages she gathered, and to a prostitute’s wages they will return.” When the metal was first collected it was comparable to the coins a prostitute would receive for her services. The metal was then formed into idols, but now the Lord’s fiery judgment would reduce the metal images to their original condition.



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