The Destruction of Israel

Amos 9

1 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said:
"Strike the 1 doorposts, that the thresholds may shake,
And a break them on the heads of them all.
I will slay the last of them with the sword.
b He who flees from them shall not get away,
And he who escapes from them shall not be delivered.

2 "Though c they dig into 2 hell,
From there My hand shall take them;
d Though they climb up to heaven,
From there I will bring them down;
3 And though they e hide themselves on top of Carmel,
From there I will search and take them;
Though they hide from My sight at the bottom of the sea,
From there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them;
4 Though they go into captivity before their enemies,
From there f I will command the sword,
And it shall slay them.
g I will set My eyes on them for harm and not for good."

5 The Lord GOD of hosts,
He who touches the earth and it h melts,
i And all who dwell there mourn;
All of it shall swell like 3 the River, 4
And subside like the River of Egypt.
6 He who builds His j layers 5 in the sky,
And has founded His strata in the earth;
Who k calls for the waters of the sea,
And pours them out on the face of the earth -
l The LORD is His name.

7 " Are you not like the 6 people of Ethiopia to Me,
O children of Israel?" says the LORD.
"Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt,
The m Philistines from n Caphtor, 7
And the Syrians from o Kir?
8 "Behold, p the eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom,
And I q will destroy it from the face of the earth;
Yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,"
Says the LORD.

9 "For surely I will command,
And will 8 sift the house of Israel among all nations,
As grain is sifted in a sieve;
r Yet not the smallest 9 grain shall fall to the ground.
10 All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword,
s Who say, 'The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.'

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