Announce this to the leaders of Philistia and to the great ones of Egypt: “Take your seats now on the hills around Samaria, and witness the chaos and oppression in Israel.”
“My people have forgotten how to do right,” says the . “Their fortresses are filled with wealth taken by theft and violence.
Therefore,” says the Sovereign , “an enemy is coming! He will surround them and shatter their defenses. Then he will plunder all their fortresses.”
This is what the says: “A shepherd who tries to rescue a sheep from a lion’s mouth will recover only two legs or a piece of an ear. So it will be for the Israelites in Samaria lying on luxurious beds, and for the people of Damascus reclining on couches.
“Now listen to this, and announce it throughout all Israel, ” says the Lord, the God of Heaven’s Armies.
“On the very day I punish Israel for its sins, I will destroy the pagan altars at Bethel. The horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.
And I will destroy the beautiful homes of the wealthy— their winter mansions and their summer houses, too— all their palaces filled with ivory,” says the .