1Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt,saying ,
You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punisha you for all your iniquities.3
Can twowalktogether,except they be agreed ?
Will a lionroar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have takennothing?5
Can a birdfall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all ?
Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid ? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?
Surely the LordGOD will donothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.8
The lion hath roared , who will notfear ? the LordGOD hath spoken , who can but prophesy ?
9Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say , Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the greattumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressedb in the midst thereof.
For they know not to doright,saith the LORD, who store up violence and robberyc in their palaces.11
Therefore thus saith the LordGOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled .
Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the liontwolegs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.13Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob,saith the LordGOD, the God of hosts,14
That in the day that I shall visitd the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off , and fall to the ground.15
And I will smite the winterhouse with the summerhouse; and the houses of ivory shall perish , and the greathouses shall have an end , saith the LORD.