Amos 3

Israel's Guilt and Punishment

1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying:

2 "You a only have I known of all the families of the earth;
b Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities."

3 Can two walk together, unless they are agreed? 4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey?
Will a young lion 1 cry out of his den, if he has caught nothing?
5 Will a bird fall into a snare on the earth, where there is no 2 trap for it?
Will a snare spring up from the earth, if it has caught nothing at all?
6 If a 3 trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid?
c If there is calamity in a city, will not the LORD have done it?

7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing,
Unless d He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
8 A lion has roared!
Who will not fear?
The Lord GOD has spoken!
e Who can but prophesy?

9 "Proclaim in the palaces at 4 Ashdod,
And in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say:
'Assemble on the mountains of Samaria;
See great tumults in her midst,
And the 5 oppressed within her.
10 For they f do not know to do right,'
Says the LORD,
'Who store up violence and 6 robbery in their palaces.' "

11 Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
"An adversary shall be all around the land;
He shall sap your strength from you,
And your palaces shall be plundered."

12 Thus says the LORD:
"As a shepherd 7 takes from the mouth of a lion
Two legs or a piece of an ear,
So shall the children of Israel be taken out
Who dwell in Samaria -
In the corner of a bed and 8 on the edge 9 of a couch!

13 Hear and testify against the house of Jacob,"
Says the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,
14 "That in the day I punish Israel for their transgressions,
I will also visit destruction on the altars of g Bethel;
And the horns of the altar shall be cut off
And fall to the ground.
15 I will 10 destroy h the winter house along with i the summer house;
The j houses of ivory shall perish,
And the great houses shall have an end,"
Says the LORD.

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