For this I will lament and wail
In verses 8-16, the Prophet Micah presents us with some biographical information in that Micah is mourning the destruction of the cities of the coastal plain. At the time of the lament, his city of
Micah probably did “pass by on [his] way inhabitants of Shaphir, in nakedness and shame.” These people that he saw may have been prisoners of war who were marched off naked and barefoot by their captors.
I noted earlier this month that Sennacherib has been in the news again. What is generally not known nor mentioned by the Micah commentaries is that in the accounts of his campaigns, Sennacherib mentioned how Hezekiah captured the cities of the coastal plains controlled by the Philistines and held their king a captive in Jerusalem. When Sennacherib invaded the coastal region he first seized and destroyed the Philistine cities before attacking the Judean coastal cities and marching on
Thus Micah’s depiction of the destruction of the coastal plains, as an eyewitness account, is confirmed in part by the accounts of the campaigns of Sennacherib.