Amos 2:6-16 (English Standard Version)

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Judgment on Israel

6 Thus says the LORD: 1"For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because 2they sell the righteous for 3silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals-- 7 those who trample the head of the poor 4into the dust of the earth and 5turn aside the way of the afflicted; 6a man and his father go in to the same girl, so that my holy name is profaned; 8 they lay themselves down beside every altar on garments 7taken in pledge, and in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined. 9 "Yet 8it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them, 9whose height was like the height of the cedars and who was as strong as the oaks; 10I destroyed his fruit above and his roots beneath. 10 11Also it was I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt 12and led you forty years in the wilderness, 13to possess the land of the Amorite. 11 And I raised up some of your sons for prophets, and some of your young men for 14Nazirites. Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?" declares the LORD. 12 "But you made the Nazirites 15drink wine, and commanded the prophets, saying, 16'You shall not prophesy.' 13 "Behold, I will press you down in your place, as a cart full of sheaves presses down. 14 17Flight shall perish from the swift, 18and the strong shall not retain his strength, 19nor shall the mighty save his life; 15 he who handles the bow shall not stand, and he who is 20swift of foot shall not save himself, 21nor shall he who rides the horse save his life; 16 and he who is stout of heart among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day," declares the LORD.
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