Amos 3
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God’s Reasons for Punishing Israel

1Listen to this message that the Lord has spoken against you, Israelites, against the entire clan that I brought from the land of Egypt:a

2I have known only youa

out of all the clans of the earth;

therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities.b

3Can two walk togethera

without agreeing to meet?

4Does a lion roara in the forest

when it has no prey?

Does a young lion growl from its lair

unless it has captured something?

5Does a bird land in a trap on the ground

if there is no bait for it?

Does a trap spring from the ground

when it has caught nothing?

6If a ram’s horna is blown in a city,

aren’t people afraid?b

If a disasterc occurs in a city,

hasn’t the Lord done it?d

7Indeed, the Lord God does nothing

without revealing his counsel

to his servants the prophets.a

8A lion has roared;a

who will not fear?

The Lord God has spoken;b

who will not prophesy?c

9Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdoda

and on the citadels in the land of Egypt:

Assemble on the mountains of Samaria,b

and see the great turmoil in the city

and the acts of oppression within it.c

10The people are incapable of doing righta

this is the Lord’s declaration —

those who store up violence and destructionb

in their citadels.

11Therefore, the Lord God says:

An enemya will surround the land;

he will destroyb your strongholds

and plunder your citadels.c

12The Lord says:

As the shepherd snatches two legs

or a piece of an ear

from the lion’s mouth,a

so the Israelites who live in Samaria

will be rescued

with only the corner of a bedb

or theA cushionB of a couch.C c

13Listen and testifya against the house of Jacob —

this is the declaration of the Lord God,

the God of Armies.

14I will punish the altars of Bethela

on the day I punish Israel for its crimes;

the horns of the altarb will be cut off

and fall to the ground.c

15I will demolish the winter housea

and the summer house;b

the houses inlaid with ivoryc will be destroyed,

and the great housesd will come to an end.

This is the Lord’s declaration.





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