Amos 3

God's Reasons for Punishing Israel

1 Listen to this message that the Lord has spoken against you, Israelites, against the entire clan that I brought from the land of Egypt:[a]
2 I have known only you out of all the clans of the earth; therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities.
3 Can two walk together without agreeing to meet?[b]
4 Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion growl from its lair unless it has captured [something]?
5 Does a bird land in a trap on the ground if there is no bait for it? Does a trap spring from the ground when it has caught nothing?
6 If a ram's horn is blown in a city, aren't people afraid?[c] If a disaster occurs in a city, hasn't the Lord done it?[d]
7 Indeed, the Lord God does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets.[e]
8 A lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who will not prophesy?[f]
9 Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdod and on the citadels in the land of Egypt: Assemble on the mountains of Samaria and see the great turmoil in the city and the acts of oppression within it.
10 The people are incapable of doing right- the Lord's declaration- those who store up violence and destruction in their citadels.
11 Therefore, the Lord God says: An enemy will surround the land; he will destroy your strongholds and plunder your citadels.[g]
12 The Lord says: As the shepherd snatches two legs or a piece of an ear from the lion's mouth, so the Israelites who live in Samaria will be rescued with [only] the corner of a bed or the[h] cushion[i] of a couch.[j]
13 Listen and testify against the house of Jacob- [this is]*The bracketed text has been added for clarity. the declaration of the Lord God , the God of Hosts.
14 I will punish the altars of Bethel on the day I punish Israel for its crimes; the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.[k]
15 I will demolish the winter house and the summer house; the houses [inlaid with] ivory[l] will be destroyed, and the great houses will come to an end- the Lord's declaration.

Footnotes 12

  • [a]. Am 2:10
  • [b]. LXX reads without meeting
  • [c]. Nm 10:9; Jr 4:19; Jl 2:1
  • [d]. Lm 3:37-39
  • [e]. Gn 18:17; Jr 23:18,22; Jnh 1:2
  • [f]. Jr 6:10-11; 20:9
  • [g]. 2 Kg 17:5-6; 18:9-12
  • [h]. Or Israelites will be rescued, those who sit in Samaria on a corner of a bed or a
  • [i]. Hb obscure
  • [j]. LXX, Aq, Sym, Theod, Syr, Tg, Vg read or in Damascus
  • [k]. Hs 10:1-2
  • [l]. Am 6:4; 1 Kg 22:39; 2 Ch 9:17

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