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Amos 2 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of Moab and for four I will not revoke [the punishment],a because he burned to lime the bones of the king of Edom. 2 So I will send a fire against Moab and it will devour the citadel fortresses of Kerioth, and Moab will die amid uproar, amid war cries [and] amid the sound of a horn. 3 And I will cut off [the] ruler from its midst and I will kill all of its officials with him," says Yahweh.

Judgment on Judah

4 Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of Judah and for four I will not revoke [the punishment],b because they have rejected the law of Yahweh and have not kept his rules, and their lies have led them astray, {after which their ancestors walked}!c 5 So I will send a fire against Judah and it will devour the citadel fortresses of Jerusalem.

Judgment on Israel

6 Thus says Yahweh: "For three transgressions of Israel and for four I will not revoke [the punishment],d because they sell the righteous for money and the poor for a pair of sandals! 7 Those who trample the heads of the powerless into the dust of the ground and turn aside the way of the destitute, a man and his father {have sexual relations with}e the same girl, so that [they] profane my holy name. 8 They stretch themselves out beside every altar on clothing taken in pledge and they drink wine, bought with fines imposed,f in the house of their God. 9 Yet I destroyed the Amorite {before them},g {who was as tall as}h cedars and was as strong as the oaks. I destroyed his fruit above and his roots beneath. 10 And I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and I led you in the wilderness forty years to take possession of the land of the Amorite. 11 And I raised up some [of] your sons to [be] prophets and some [of] your young men to [be] Nazirites. Is it not so, O {people}i of Israel? [This is] the declaration of Yahweh! 12 But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets, saying, 'You shall not prophesy.' 13 Look! I [am] going to press [you] down in your place just as a utility cart full of mature stalks of grain [is pressed down]. 14 Flight will perish from [the] swift and [the] strong person will not muster his strength and [the] warrior will not save his life. 15 And [the] one who takes hold of the bow will not stand and [the one who is] swift on his feet will not save himself, nor will [the] one who rides the horse save his life. 16 Even those who are strong of heart among the mighty will flee away naked from the city on that day. [This is] the declaration of Yahweh!"
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