Witnesses Against Israel1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the entire clan that I brought up out of Egypt: 2 “You only have I known from all the clans of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. 3 Can two walk together without an appointment to meet? 4 Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl in his den if he has caught nothing? 5 Does a bird land in a snare where no bait [has been set] ? Does a trap spring from the ground when it has nothing to catch? 6 If a trumpet sounds in a city, will the people not tremble? If calamity comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it? 7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing His plan to His servants the prophets. 8 The lion has roared— who will not fear? The Lord GOD has spoken— who will not prophesy? 9 Proclaim to the citadels of Ashdod as well as the citadels of Egypt: ‘Assemble on the mountains of Samaria; see the great unrest in the city and the acts of oppression in her midst. 10 For they know not how to do right— declares the LORD— those who store up violence and destruction in their citadels.’” 11 Therefore this is what the Lord GOD says: “An enemy ▼
▼ Or An adversarywill surround the land; he will pull down your strongholds and plunder your citadels.” 12 This is what the LORD says: “As the shepherd snatches from the mouth of the lion two legs or a piece of an ear, so the Israelites dwelling in Samaria will be snatched away with the corner of a bed or the cushion of a couch. ▼
▼ Or so will the Israelites be snatched away, those who sit in Samaria on the edge of their beds and in Damascus on their couches13 Hear and testify against the house of Jacob, declares the Lord GOD, the God of Hosts. 14 On the day I punish Israel for their transgressions , I will visit [destruction] on the altars of Bethel; the horns of the altar will be cut off, and they will fall to the ground. 15 I will tear down the winter house along with the summer house; the houses of ivory will also perish, and the mansions will come to an end,” declares the LORD.
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