Amos 3

Israel’s Guilt and Punishment

1 a  Hear this word that the  Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:

2 b  “You only have I known
of all the families of the earth;
c  therefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities.
3 “Do two walk together,
unless they have agreed to meet?
4Does a lion roar in the forest,
when he has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from his den,
if he has taken nothing?
5Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth,
when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when it has taken nothing?
6 d  Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
e  Does disaster come to a city,
unless the  Lord has done it?
7 For the Lord  God does nothing
f  without revealing his secret
to his servants the prophets.
8The lion has roared;
who will not fear?
g  The Lord  God has spoken;
who can but prophesy?”
9 Proclaim to the strongholds in h  Ashdod
and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
and say, “Assemble yourselves on i  the mountains of Samaria,
and see the great tumults within her,
and j  the oppressed in her midst.”
10“They do not know how to do right,” declares the  Lord,
k  “those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.”

11Therefore thus says the Lord  God:

l  “An adversary shall surround the land
and bring down
Hebrew  An adversary, one who surrounds the land—he shall bring down
your defenses from you,
and n  your strongholds shall be plundered.”

12Thus says the  Lord: o  “As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear p  so shall the people of Israel q  who dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
of a bed.

13 Hear, s  and testify against the house of Jacob,”
declares the Lord  God, t  the God of hosts,
14that on the day I punish Israel for his transgressions,
u  I will punish the altars of Bethel,
and v  the horns of the altar shall be cut off
and fall to the ground.
15 w  I will strike x  the winter house along with y  the summer house,
and z  the houses of ivory shall perish,
and the great houses
Or  and many houses
shall come to an end,”

declares the  Lord.
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