Amos 2

Judgment on Israel's Neighbors

1 Thus says the LORD:
a "For three transgressions of Moab, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because he b burned the bones of the king of Edom to lime.
2 But I will send a fire upon Moab,
And it shall devour the palaces of c Kerioth;
Moab shall die with tumult,
With shouting and trumpet sound.
3 And I will cut off d the judge from its midst,
And slay all its princes with him,"
Says the LORD.

Judgment on Judah

4 Thus says the LORD:
"For three transgressions of e Judah, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
f Because they have despised the law of the LORD,
And have not kept His commandments.
g Their lies lead them astray,
Lies h which their fathers followed.
5 i But I will send a fire upon Judah,
And it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem."

Judgment on Israel

6 Thus says the LORD:
"For three transgressions of j Israel, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because k they sell the righteous for silver,
And the l poor for a pair of sandals.
7 They 1 pant after the dust of the earth which is on the head of the poor,
And m pervert the way of the humble.
n A man and his father go in to the same girl,
o To defile My holy name.
8 They lie down p by every altar on clothes q taken in pledge,
And drink the wine of 2 the condemned in the house of their god.

9 "Yet it was I who destroyed the r Amorite before them,
Whose height was like the s height of the cedars,
And he was as strong as the oaks;
Yet I t destroyed his fruit above
And his roots beneath.
10 Also it was u I who brought you up from the land of Egypt,
And v led you forty years through the wilderness,
To possess the land of the Amorite.
11 I raised up some of your sons as w prophets,
And some of your young men as x Nazirites.
Is it not so, O you children of Israel?"
Says the LORD.

12 "But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink,
And commanded the prophets y saying,
'Do not prophesy!'

13 "Behold, z I am 3 weighed down by you,
As a cart full of sheaves 4 is weighed down.
14 a Therefore 5 flight shall perish from the swift,
The strong shall not strengthen his power,
b Nor shall the mighty 6 deliver himself;
15 He shall not stand who handles the bow,
The swift of foot shall not 7 escape,
Nor shall he who rides a horse deliver himself.
16 The most 8 courageous men of might
Shall flee naked in that day,"
Says the LORD.

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