Amos 1

Judgment on Israel's Neighbors

1 The words of Amos, who was among the a sheepbreeders of b Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of c Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of d Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the e earthquake.

2 And he said:
"The LORD f roars from Zion,
And utters His voice from Jerusalem;
The pastures of the shepherds mourn,
And the top of g Carmel withers."

3 Thus says the LORD:
"For three transgressions of h Damascus, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because they have i threshed Gilead with implements of iron.
4 j But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael,
Which shall devour the palaces of k BenHadad.
5 I will also break the gate l bar of Damascus,
And cut off the inhabitant from the Valley of Aven,
And the one who 1 holds the scepter from 2 Beth Eden.
The people of Syria shall go captive to Kir,"
Says the LORD.

6 Thus says the LORD:
"For three transgressions of m Gaza, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because they took captive the whole captivity
To deliver them up to Edom.
7 n But I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza,
Which shall devour its palaces.
8 I will cut off the inhabitant o from Ashdod,
And the one who holds the scepter from Ashkelon;
I will p turn My hand against Ekron,
And q the remnant of the Philistines shall perish,"
Says the Lord GOD.

9 Thus says the LORD:
"For three transgressions of r Tyre, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom,
And did not remember the covenant of brotherhood.
10 But I will send a fire upon the wall of Tyre,
Which shall devour its palaces."

11 Thus says the LORD:
"For three transgressions of s Edom, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because he pursued his t brother with the sword,
And cast off all pity;
His anger tore perpetually,
And he kept his wrath forever.
12 But u I will send a fire upon Teman,
Which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah."

13 Thus says the LORD:
"For three transgressions of v the people of Ammon, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because they ripped open the women with child in Gilead,
That they might enlarge their territory.
14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of w Rabbah,
And it shall devour its palaces,
x Amid shouting in the day of battle,
And a tempest in the day of the whirlwind.
15 y Their king shall go into captivity,
He and his princes together,"
Says the LORD.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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