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Amos 3 (New American Standard)

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All the Tribes Are Guilty

1 Hear this word which the LORD has spoken against you, sons of Israel, against the entire a1family which bHe brought up from the land of Egypt: 2 "2You only have I cchosen among all the families of the earth; Therefore I will d3punish you for all your iniquities." 3 Do two men walk together unless they have made an eappointment? 4 Does a 4lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion fgrowl from his den unless he has captured something? 5 Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no gbait in it? Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all? 6 If a 5trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a 6calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it? 7 hSurely the Lord iGOD does nothing Unless He 7reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets. 8 A 8lion has roared! Who will not fear? The 9Lord jGOD has spoken! 10Who can but prophesy? 9 Proclaim on the citadels in 11Ashdod and on the citadels in the land of Egypt and say, "Assemble yourselves on the 12mountains of Samaria and see the great tumults within her and the 13oppressions in her midst. 10 "But they 14do not know how to do what is right," declares the LORD, "these who 15hoard up kviolence and devastation in their citadels." 11 Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD, "An 16enemy, even one surrounding the land, Will pull down your lstrength from you And your 17citadels will be looted." 12 Thus says the LORD, "Just as the shepherd m18snatches from the lion's mouth a couple of legs or a piece of an ear, So will the sons of Israel dwelling in Samaria be nsnatched away - With the 19corner of a bed and the o20cover of a couch! 13 "Hear and 21testify against the house of Jacob," Declares the Lord GOD, the God of hosts. 14 "For on the day that I punish Israel's transgressions, I will also punish the altars of 22Bethel; The horns of the altar will be cut off And they will fall to the ground. 15 "I will also smite the p23winter house together with the 24summer house; The houses of q25ivory will also perish And the 26great houses will come to an end," Declares the LORD.
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