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Amos 3 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Listen to this, Israel. God is calling you to account - and I mean all of you, everyone connected with the family that he delivered out of Egypt. Listen! 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 "Out of all the families on earth, I picked you. Therefore, because of your special calling, I'm holding you responsible for all your sins." 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 walk hand in hand if they aren't going to the same place? 3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
4 Does a lion roar in the forest if there's no carcass to devour? Does a young lion growl with pleasure if he hasn't caught his supper? 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 fall to the ground if it hasn't been hit with a stone? Does a trap spring shut if nothing trips it? 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 When the alarm goes off in the city, aren't people alarmed? And when disaster strikes the city, doesn't God stand behind 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 fact is, God, the Master, does nothing without first telling his prophets the whole story. 7 Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
8 The lion has roared - who isn't frightened? God has spoken - what prophet can keep quiet? 8 The lion has roared-- who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken-- who can but prophesy?
9 Announce to the forts of Assyria, announce to the forts of Egypt - Tell them, "Gather on the Samaritan mountains, take a good, hard look: what a snake pit of brutality and terror! 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 They can't - or won't - do one thing right." God said so. "They stockpile violence and blight. 10 "They do not know how to do right," declares the LORD, "who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses."
11 Therefore" - this is God's Word - "an enemy will surround the country. He'll strip you of your power and plunder your forts." 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 God's Message: "In the same way that a shepherd trying to save a lamb from a lion Manages to recover just a pair of legs or the scrap of an ear, So will little be saved of the Israelites who live in Samaria - A couple of old chairs at most, the broken leg of a table. 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 and bring witness against Jacob's family" - this is God's Word, God-of-the-Angel-Armies! 13 "Hear this and testify against the house of Jacob," declares the Lord, the LORD God Almighty.
14 "Note well! The day I make Israel pay for its sins, pay for the sin-altars of worship at Bethel, The horned altars will all be dehorned and scattered around. 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'll tear down the winter palace, smash the summer palace - all your fancy buildings. The luxury homes will be demolished, all those pretentious houses." God's Decree. 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.