Amos 2:6-16 (Holman Christian Standard)

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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.a 7 They trample the heads of the poor on the dust of the ground and block the path of the needy.b 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 heightc 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.d 11 I raised up some of your sons as prophetse and some of your young men as Nazirites.f 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 crushg [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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