The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa1--what he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake,2 when Uzziah3 was king of Judah and Jeroboam4 son of Jehoash was king of Israel.5
He said: "The LORD roars6 from Zion and thunders7 from Jerusalem;8 the pastures of the shepherds dry up, and the top of Carmel9 withers."10
This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Damascus,11 even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].12 Because she threshed Gilead with sledges having iron teeth,
I will send fire13 upon the house of Hazael14 that will consume the fortresses15 of Ben-Hadad.16
I will break down the gate17 of Damascus; I will destroy the king who is in the Valley of Aven and the one who holds the scepter in Beth Eden.18 The people of Aram will go into exile to Kir,19" says the LORD.20
This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Gaza,21 even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].22 Because she took captive whole communities and sold them to Edom,23
I will send fire upon the walls of Gaza that will consume her fortresses.
I will destroy the king of Ashdod24 and the one who holds the scepter in Ashkelon. I will turn my hand25 against Ekron, till the last of the Philistines26 is dead,"27 says the Sovereign LORD.28