Can two walk together without agreeing to meet?a4
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]?
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?
If a ram's horn is blown in a city, aren't people afraid?b If a disaster occurs in a city, hasn't the Lord done it?c7
Indeed, the Lord God does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets.d8
A lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who will not prophesy?e9
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.
The people are incapable of doing right- the Lord's declaration- those who store up violence and destruction in their citadels.
Therefore, the Lord God says: An enemy will surround the land; he will destroy your strongholds and plunder your citadels.f12
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 theg cushionh of a couch.i13
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.