Amos 3

All the Tribes Are Guilty

1Hear this word which the  Lord has spoken against you, sons of Israel, against the entire
I.e. nation
b  family which
Lit I
He brought up from the land of Egypt:
2 d  You only have I
Lit known
chosen among all the families of the earth;
Therefore I will
Lit visit
g  punish you for all your iniquities.”
3Do two men walk together unless they have made an
Or agreement
4Does a i  lion roar in the forest when he has no prey?
Does a young lion
Lit give his voice
growl from his den unless he has captured something?
5Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no
Or striker-bar set
bait in it?
Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all?
6If a l  trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble?
If a m  calamity occurs in a city has not the  Lord done it?
Or For
Surely the Lord
 God does nothing
Unless He p  reveals His secret counsel
To His servants the prophets.
8A q  lion has roared! Who will not fear?
The r  Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God has spoken! t  Who can but prophesy?

9Proclaim on the citadels in u  Ashdod and on the citadels in the land of Egypt and say, “Assemble yourselves on the v  mountains of Samaria and see the great tumults within her and the w  oppressions in her midst. 10“But they x  do not know how to do what is right,” declares the  Lord, “these who y  hoard up
I.e. the booty from violence
violence and devastation in their citadels.”

11Therefore, thus says the Lord  God, “An aa  enemy, even one surrounding the land,
Will pull down your
Or stronghold
strength from you
And your ac  citadels will be looted.”

12Thus says the  Lord, Just as the shepherd
Or delivers
ae  snatches from the lion’s mouth a couple of legs or a piece of an ear,
So will the sons of Israel dwelling in Samaria be
Or delivered
snatched away
With the ag  corner of a bed and the
Lit damask
ai  cover of a couch!
13Hear and aj  testify against the house of Jacob,”
Declares the Lord  God, the God of hosts.
14For on the day that I punish Israel’s transgressions,
I will also punish the altars of ak  Bethel;
The horns of the altar will be cut off
And they will fall to the ground.
15I will also smite the
Or autumn
am  winter house together with the an  summer house;
The houses of
I.e. ivory inlay
ap  ivory will also perish
And the aq  great houses will come to an end,”
Declares the  Lord.

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