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Amos 2 (Holman Christian Standard)

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1 The Lord says: I will not relent from punishing Moaba for three crimes, even four, because he burned to lime the bones of the king of Edom. 2 Therefore, I will send fire against Moab, and it will consume the citadels of Kerioth. Moab will die with a tumult, with shouting and the sound of the ram's horn. 3 I will cut off the judge from the land and kill all its officials with him. The Lord has spoken.

Judgment on Judah

4 The Lord says: I will not relent from punishing Judah for three crimes, even four, because they have rejected the law of the Lord and have not kept His statutes.b The liesc that their ancestors followed have led them astray. 5 Therefore, I will send fire against Judah, and it will consume the citadels of Jerusalem.

Judgment on Israel

6 The Lord says: I will not relent from punishing Israel for three crimes, even four, because they sell a righteous person for silver and a needy person for a pair of sandals.d 7 They trample the heads of the poor on the dust of the ground and block the path of the needy.e A man and his father have sexual relations with the same girl, profaning My holy name. 8 They stretch out beside every altar on garments taken as collateral, and they drink in the house of their God wine obtained through fines. 9 Yet I destroyed the Amorite as Israel advanced; his heightf was like the cedars, and he was as sturdy as the oaks; I destroyed his fruit above and his roots beneath. 10 And I brought you from the land of Egypt and led you 40 years in the wilderness in order to possess the land of the Amorite.g 11 I raised up some of your sons as prophetsh and some of your young men as Nazirites.i Is this not the case, Israelites? [This is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the Lord's declaration. 12 But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets: Do not prophesy. 13 Look, I am about to crushj [you] in your place as a wagon full of sheaves crushes [grain]. 14 Escape will fail the swift, the strong one will not prevail by his strength, and the brave will not save his life. 15 The archer will not stand [his ground], the [one who is] swift of foot will not save himself, and the one riding a horse will not save his life. 16 Even the most courageous of the warriors will flee naked on that day- the Lord's declaration.
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