Daily Bible Reading
(ESV: Through The Bible)
1:1 The word of the
came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of
Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of
Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and
peoples, all of you;
pay attention, O earth, and all that
is in it,
and let the Lord
God be a
witness against you,
the Lord from his holy temple.
For behold, the
Lord is coming out of his place,
and will come down and tread upon the
high places of the earth.
And the mountains will melt under him,
and the valleys will split open,
like wax before the fire,
like waters poured down a steep place.
All this is for the transgression of
and for the sins of the house of
What is the transgression of Jacob?
Is it not Samaria?
And what is the high place of Judah?
Is it not Jerusalem?
Therefore I will make Samaria a heap in
the open country,
a place for planting vineyards,
and I will pour down her stones into the
and uncover her foundations.
All her carved images shall be beaten to
all her wages shall be burned with
and all her idols I will lay waste,
for from the fee of a prostitute she
and to the fee of a prostitute they
For this I
will lament and wail;
I will go stripped and naked;
I will make lamentation like the
and mourning like the ostriches.
For her wound is incurable,
and it has come to Judah;
it has reached to the gate of my people,
Tell it not
weep not at all;
roll yourselves in the dust.
Pass on your way,
inhabitants of Shaphir,
in nakedness and shame;
the inhabitants of Zaanan
do not come out;
the lamentation of Beth-ezel
shall take away from you its standing
For the inhabitants of Maroth
wait anxiously for good,
because disaster has come down from the
to the gate of Jerusalem.
Harness the steeds to the chariots,
inhabitants of Lachish;
it was the beginning of sin
to the daughter of Zion,
for in you were found
the transgressions of Israel.
Therefore you shall give parting gifts
the houses of Achzib shall be a
to the kings of Israel.
I will again bring a conqueror to you,
inhabitants of Mareshah;
the glory of Israel
shall come to Adullam.
Make yourselves bald and cut off your
for the children of your delight;
make yourselves as bald as the eagle,
for they shall go from you into exile.
Woe to the
2:1 Woe to those who devise
and work evil on their beds!
When the morning dawns, they perform it,
because it is in the power of their
They covet fields and seize them,
and houses, and take them away;
they oppress a man and his house,
a man and his inheritance.
Therefore thus says the
behold, against this family I am
from which you cannot remove your
and you shall not walk haughtily,
for it will be a time of disaster.
In that day they shall take up a taunt
song against you
and moan bitterly,
and say, “We are utterly ruined;
he changes the portion of my people;
how he removes it from me!
To an apostate he allots our fields.”
Therefore you will have none to cast the
line by lot
in the assembly of the
preach”—thus they preach—
“one should not preach of such things;
disgrace will not overtake us.”
Should this be said, O house of Jacob?
Has the Lord
Are these his deeds?
Do not my words do good
to him who walks uprightly?
But lately my people have risen up as an
you strip the rich robe from those who
pass by trustingly
with no thought of war.
The women of my people you drive out
from their delightful houses;
from their young children you take away
my splendor forever.
Arise and go,
for this is no place to rest,
because of uncleanness that destroys
with a grievous destruction.
If a man should go about and utter wind
saying, “I will preach to you of wine
and strong drink,”
he would be the preacher for this
I will surely assemble all of you, O
I will gather the remnant of Israel;
I will set them together
like sheep in a fold,
like a flock in its pasture,
a noisy multitude of men.
He who opens the breach goes up before
they break through and pass the gate,
going out by it.
Their king passes on before them,
at their head.
3:1 And I said:
Hear, you heads of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel!
Is it not for you to know justice?—
you who hate the good and love the
who tear the skin from off my people
and their flesh from off their bones,
who eat the flesh of my people,
and flay their skin from off them,
and break their bones in pieces
and chop them up like meat in a pot,
like flesh in a cauldron.
will cry to the
but he will not answer them;
he will hide his face from them at that
because they have made their deeds
concerning the prophets
who lead my people astray,
who cry “Peace”
when they have something to eat,
but declare war against him
who puts nothing into their mouths.
Therefore it shall be night to you,
and darkness to you, without
The sun shall go down on the prophets,
and the day shall be black over them;
the seers shall be disgraced,
and the diviners put to shame;
they shall all cover their lips,
for there is no answer from God.
But as for me, I am filled with power,
with the Spirit of the
and with justice and might,
to declare to Jacob his transgression
and to Israel his sin.
you heads of the house of Jacob
and rulers of the house of Israel,
who detest justice
and make crooked all that is straight,
who build Zion with blood
and Jerusalem with iniquity.
Its heads give judgment for a bribe;
its priests teach for a price;
its prophets practice divination for
yet they lean on the
“Is not the
Lord in the midst of us?
No disaster shall come upon us.”
Therefore because of you
Zion shall be plowed as a field;
Jerusalem shall become a heap of ruins,
and the mountain of the house a wooded
The Angel and
the Little Scroll
10:1 Then I saw another mighty
angel coming down from heaven, wrapped in
a cloud, with a rainbow over his head, and
his face was like the sun, and his legs
like pillars of fire. He had a little
scroll open in his hand. And he set his
right foot on the sea, and his left foot
on the land, and called out with a loud
voice, like a lion roaring. When he called
out, the seven thunders sounded. And when
the seven thunders had sounded, I was
about to write, but I heard a voice from
heaven saying, “Seal up what the seven
thunders have said, and do not write it
down.” And the angel whom I saw standing
on the sea and on the land raised his
right hand to heaven and swore by him who
lives forever and ever, who created heaven
and what is in it, the earth and what is
in it, and the sea and what is in it, that
there would be no more delay, but that in
the days of the trumpet call to be sounded
by the seventh angel, the mystery of God
would be fulfilled, just as he announced
to his servants
voice that I had heard from heaven spoke
to me again, saying, “Go, take the scroll
that is open in the hand of the angel who
is standing on the sea and on the land.”
So I went to the angel and told him to
give me the little scroll. And he said to
me, “Take and eat it; it will make your
stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will
be sweet as honey.” And I took the little
scroll from the hand of the angel and ate
it. It was sweet as honey in my mouth, but
when I had eaten it my stomach was made
bitter. And I was told, “You must again
prophesy about many peoples and nations
and languages and kings.”
The Holy Bible,
English Standard Version copyright © 2001 by
Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry
of Good News Publishers. Used by permission.
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