1Hearthiswordwhich the LORD has spokenagainst you, sons of Israel, against the entirea1familywhichbHe brought up from the land of Egypt:
"2You only have I cchosenamongall the families of the earth; Therefore I will d3punish you for all your iniquities."
Do two men walktogetherunless they have made an eappointment?
Does a 4lionroar in the forest when he hasnoprey? Does a younglionfgrowl from his denunless he has captured something?
Does a birdfall into a trap on the ground when there is nogbait in it? Does a trapspring up from the earth when it capturesnothing at all?
6If a 5trumpet is blown in a city will not the peopletremble? If a 6calamityoccurs in a city has not the LORDdone it?
7hSurely the LordiGODdoesnothingUnless He 7reveals His secretcounsel To His servants the prophets.
A 8lion has roared! Who will not fear? The 9LordjGOD has spoken! 10Who can but prophesy?
9Proclaim 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 greattumultswithin her and the 13oppressions in her midst.
"But they 14do not know how to dowhat is right," declares the LORD, "these who 15hoard up kviolence and devastation in their citadels."
11Therefore, thussays the LordGOD, "An 16enemy, even onesurrounding the land, Will pulldown your lstrength from you And your 17citadels will be looted."
12Thussays the LORD, "Just as the shepherdm18snatches from the lion'smouth a couple of legsor a piece of an ear, So will the sons of Israeldwelling in Samaria be nsnatchedaway - With the 19corner of a bed and the o20cover of a couch!
13"Hear and 21testify against the house of Jacob," Declares the LordGOD, the God of hosts.
"For on the day that I punishIsrael'stransgressions, I will also punish the altars of 22Bethel; The horns of the altar will be cutoff And they will fall to the ground.
"I will also smite the p23winterhousetogether with the 24summerhouse; The houses of q25ivory will also perish And the 26greathouses will come to an end," Declares the LORD.