Smith's Bible Dictionary


Mi'cah. (who is like God?). The same name as Micaiah. See Micaiah.

1. An Israelite, whose familiar story is preserved in the 17th and 18th chapters of Judges. Micah is evidently a devout believer in Jehovah, and yet, so completely ignorant is he of the law of Jehovah that the mode which he adopts of honoring him is to make a molten and graven image, teraphim or images of domestic gods, and to set up an unauthorized priesthood, first, in his own family, Jdg_17:5, and then, in the person of a Levite, not of the priestly line. Jdg_17:12. A body of 600 Danites break in upon and steal his idols from him.

2. The sixth, in order, of the minor prophets. He is called the Morasthite, that is, a native of Moresheth, a small village near Eleutheropolis to the east, where formerly, the prophet's tomb was shown, though in the days of Jerome, it had been succeeded by a church.

Micah exercised the prophetical office, during the reigns of Jotham, Ahaz and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, giving thus a maximum limit of 59 years, B.C. 756-697, from the accession of Jotham to the death of Hezekiah, and a minimum limit of 16 years, B.C. 742-726, from the death of Jotham to the accession of Hezekiah. He was contemporary with Hosea and Amos, during the part of their ministry in Israel, and with Isaiah in Judah.

3. A descendant of Joel, the Reubenite. 1Ch_5:5.

4. The son of Meribbaal or Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan. 1Ch_8:34-35; 1Ch_9:40-41.

5. A Kohathite Levite, the eldest son of Uzziel, the brother of Amram. 1Ch_23:30.

6. The father of Abdon, a man of high station, in the reign of Josiah. 2Ch_34:20.


Taken from: Smith's Bible Dictionary by Dr. William Smith (1884)