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Amos 3 (Today's New International Version)

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Witnesses Summoned Against Israel

1 Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the LORD has spoken against you1--against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:2 2 "You only have I chosen3 of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish4 you for all your sins.5" 3 Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? 4 Does a lion roar6 in the thicket when it has no prey?7 Does it growl in its den when it has caught nothing? 5 Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait8 is there? Does a trap spring up from the ground if it has not caught anything? 6 When a trumpet9 sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster10 comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?11 7 Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan12 to his servants the prophets.13 8 The lion14 has roared15-- who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken-- who can but prophesy?16 9 Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod17 and to the fortresses of Egypt: "Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria;18 see the great unrest within her and the oppression among her people." 10 "They do not know how to do right,19" declares the LORD, "who store up in their fortresses20 what they have plundered21 and looted." 11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "An enemy will overrun your land, pull down your strongholds and plunder your fortresses.22" 12 This is what the LORD says: "As a shepherd saves from the lion's23 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.a24" 13 "Hear this and testify25 against the house of Jacob," declares the Lord, the LORD God Almighty. 14 "On the day I punish26 Israel for her sins, I will destroy the altars of Bethel;27 the horns28 of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground. 15 I will tear down the winter house29 along with the summer house;30 the houses adorned with ivory31 will be destroyed and the mansions32 will be demolished,33" declares the LORD.34
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