God's Reasons for Punishing Israel

1 Listen to this message that the Lord has spoken against you, Israelites, against the entire clan that I brought from the land of Egypt:a
References for Amos 3:1
    • a 3:1 - Am 2:10
      2 I have known only you out of all the clans of the earth; therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities.
      3 Can two walk together without agreeing to meet?b
      References for Amos 3:3
        • b 3:3 - LXX reads without meeting
          4 Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion growl from its lair unless it has captured [something]?
          5 Does a bird land in a trap on the ground if there is no bait for it? Does a trap spring from the ground when it has caught nothing?
          6 If a ram's horn is blown in a city, aren't people afraid?c If a disaster occurs in a city, hasn't the Lord done it?d
          References for Amos 3:6
            • c 3:6 - Nm 10:9; Jr 4:19; Jl 2:1
            • d 3:6 - Lm 3:37-39
              7 Indeed, the Lord God does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets.e
              References for Amos 3:7
                • e 3:7 - Gn 18:17; Jr 23:18,22; Jnh 1:2
                  8 A lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who will not prophesy?f
                  References for Amos 3:8
                    • f 3:8 - Jr 6:10-11; 20:9
                      9 Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdod and on the citadels in the land of Egypt: Assemble on the mountains of Samaria and see the great turmoil in the city and the acts of oppression within it.
                      10 The people are incapable of doing right- the Lord's declaration- those who store up violence and destruction in their citadels.
                      11 Therefore, the Lord God says: An enemy will surround the land; he will destroy your strongholds and plunder your citadels.g
                      References for Amos 3:11
                        • g 3:11 - 2 Kg 17:5-6; 18:9-12
                          12 The Lord says: As the shepherd snatches two legs or a piece of an ear from the lion's mouth, so the Israelites who live in Samaria will be rescued with [only] the corner of a bed or theh cushioni of a couch.j
                          References for Amos 3:12
                            • h 3:12 - Or Israelites will be rescued, those who sit in Samaria on a corner of a bed or a
                            • i 3:12 - Hb obscure
                            • j 3:12 - LXX, Aq, Sym, Theod, Syr, Tg, Vg read or in Damascus
                              13 Listen and testify against the house of Jacob- [this is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the declaration of the Lord God , the God of Hosts.
                              14 I will punish the altars of Bethel on the day I punish Israel for its crimes; the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.k
                              References for Amos 3:14
                                • k 3:14 - Hs 10:1-2
                                  15 I will demolish the winter house and the summer house; the houses [inlaid with] ivoryl will be destroyed, and the great houses will come to an end- the Lord's declaration.
                                  References for Amos 3:15
                                    • l 3:15 - Am 6:4; 1 Kg 22:39; 2 Ch 9:17