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Amos 3 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 People of Israel, listen to this message which the Lord has spoken about you, the entire nation that he brought out of Egypt: 1 Hear this word the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel--against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:
2 "Of all the nations on earth, you are the only one I have known and cared for. That is what makes your sins so terrible, and that is why I must punish you for them." 2 "You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins."
3 Do two people start traveling together without arranging to meet? 3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
4 Does a lion roar in the forest unless he has found a victim? Does a young lion growl in his den unless he has caught something? 4 Does a lion roar in the thicket when he has no prey? Does he growl in his den when he has caught nothing?
5 Does a bird get caught in a trap if the trap has not been baited? Does a trap spring unless something sets it off? 5 Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground where no snare has been set? Does a trap spring up from the earth when there is nothing to catch?
6 Does the war trumpet sound in a city without making the people afraid? Does disaster strike a city unless the Lord sends it? 6 When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
7 The Sovereign Lord never does anything without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets. 7 Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
8 When a lion roars, who can keep from being afraid? When the Sovereign Lord speaks, who can keep from proclaiming his message? 8 The lion has roared-- who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken-- who can but prophesy?
9 Announce to those who live in the palaces of Egypt and Ashdod: "Gather together in the hills around Samaria and see the great disorder and the crimes being committed there." 9 Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod and to the fortresses of Egypt: "Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria; see the great unrest within her and the oppression among her people."
10 The Lord says, "These people fill their mansions with things taken by crime and violence. They don't even know how to be honest. 10 "They do not know how to do right," declares the LORD, "who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses."
11 And so an enemy will surround their land, destroy their defenses, and plunder their mansions." 11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "An enemy will overrun the land; he will pull down your strongholds and plunder your fortresses."
12 The Lord says, "As a shepherd recovers only two legs or an ear of a sheep that a lion has eaten, so only a few will survive of Samaria's people, who now recline on luxurious couches. 12 This is what the LORD says: "As a shepherd saves from the lion's mouth only two leg bones or a piece of an ear, so will the Israelites be saved, those who sit in Samaria on the edge of their beds and in Damascus on their couches."
13 Listen now, and warn the descendants of Jacob," says the Sovereign Lord Almighty. 13 "Hear this and testify against the house of Jacob," declares the Lord, the LORD God Almighty.
14 "On the day when I punish the people of Israel for their sins, I will destroy the altars of Bethel. The corners of every altar will be broken off and will fall to the ground. 14 "On the day I punish Israel for her sins, I will destroy the altars of Bethel; the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.
15 I will destroy winter houses and summer houses. The houses decorated with ivory will fall in ruins; every large house will be destroyed." 15 I will tear down the winter house along with the summer house; the houses adorned with ivory will be destroyed and the mansions will be demolished," declares the LORD.