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Amos 1:3-15 (Today's New International Version)

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Judgment on Israel's Neighbors

3 This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Damascus,1 even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].2 Because she threshed Gilead with sledges having iron teeth, 4 I will send fire3 on the house of Hazael4 that will consume the fortresses5 of Ben-Hadad.6 5 I will break down the gate7 of Damascus; I will destroy the king who is ina the Valley of Avenb and the one who holds the scepter in Beth Eden.8 The people of Aram will go into exile to Kir,9" says the LORD.10 6 This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Gaza,11 even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].12 Because she took captive whole communities and sold them to Edom,13 7 I will send fire on the walls of Gaza that will consume her fortresses. 8 I will destroy the kingc of Ashdod14 and the one who holds the scepter in Ashkelon. I will turn my hand15 against Ekron, till the last of the Philistines16 are dead,"17 says the Sovereign LORD.18 9 This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Tyre,19 even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].20 Because she sold whole communities of captives to Edom, disregarding a treaty of brotherhood,21 10 I will send fire on the walls of Tyre that will consume her fortresses.22" 11 This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Edom,23 even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because he pursued his brother with a sword24 and slaughtered the women of the land, because his anger raged continually and his fury flamed unchecked,25 12 I will send fire on Teman26 that will consume the fortresses of Bozrah.27" 13 This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Ammon,28 even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because he ripped open the pregnant women29 of Gilead in order to extend his borders, 14 I will set fire to the walls of Rabbah30 that will consume31 her fortresses amid war cries32 on the day of battle, amid violent winds33 on a stormy day. 15 Their kingd will go into exile, he and his officials together,34" says the LORD.35
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