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Amos 2

1 This is what the Lord says:

"For three sins of Moab,
     even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].
Because he burned, as if to lime,
     the bones of Edom's king,
2 I will send fire upon Moab
     that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth.(1)
Moab will go down in great tumult
     amid war cries and the blast of the trumpet.
3 I will destroy her ruler
     and kill all her officials with him,"
     says the Lord.

4 This is what the Lord says:

"For three sins of Judah,
     even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].
Because they have rejected the law of the Lord
     and have not kept his decrees,
because they have been led astray by false gods,(2)
     the gods(3) their ancestors followed,
5 I will send fire upon Judah
     that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem."

Judgment on Israel

6 This is what the Lord says:

"For three sins of Israel,
     even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].
They sell the righteous for silver,
     and the needy for a pair of sandals.
7 They trample on the heads of the poor
     as upon the dust of the ground
     and deny justice to the oppressed.
Father and son use the same girl
     and so profane my holy name.
8 They lie down beside every altar
     on garments taken in pledge.
In the house of their god
     they drink wine taken as fines.
9 "I destroyed the Amorite before them,
     though he was tall as the cedars
     and strong as the oaks.
I destroyed his fruit above
     and his roots below.
10 "I brought you up out of Egypt,
     and I led you forty years in the desert
     to give you the land of the Amorites.
11 I also raised up prophets from among your sons
     and Nazirites from among your young men.
Is this not true, people of Israel?"
     declares the Lord.
12 "But you made the Nazirites drink wine
     and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.
13 "Now then, I will crush you
     as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.
14 The swift will not escape,
     the strong will not muster their strength,
     and the warrior will not save his life.
15 The archer will not stand his ground,
     the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,
     and the horseman will not save his life.
16 Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day," declares the LORD.


3 I will destroy her ruler
     and kill all her officials with him,"
     says the Lord.

4 This is what the Lord says:

"For three sins of Judah,
     even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].
Because they have rejected the law of the Lord
     and have not kept his decrees,
because they have been led astray by false gods,(2)
     the gods(3) their ancestors followed,
5 I will send fire upon Judah
     that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem."

Judgment on Israel

6 This is what the Lord says:

"For three sins of Israel,
     even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].
They sell the righteous for silver,
     and the needy for a pair of sandals.
7 They trample on the heads of the poor
     as upon the dust of the ground
     and deny justice to the oppressed.
Father and son use the same girl
     and so profane my holy name.
8 They lie down beside every altar
     on garments taken in pledge.
In the house of their god
     they drink wine taken as fines.
9 "I destroyed the Amorite before them,
     though he was tall as the cedars
     and strong as the oaks.
I destroyed his fruit above
     and his roots below.
10 "I brought you up out of Egypt,
     and I led you forty years in the desert
     to give you the land of the Amorites.
11 I also raised up prophets from among your sons
     and Nazirites from among your young men.
Is this not true, people of Israel?"
     declares the Lord.
12 "But you made the Nazirites drink wine
     and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.
13 "Now then, I will crush you
     as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.
14 The swift will not escape,
     the strong will not muster their strength,
     and the warrior will not save his life.
15 The archer will not stand his ground,
     the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,
     and the horseman will not save his life.
16 Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day," declares the LORD.


5 I will send fire upon Judah
     that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem."

Judgment on Israel

6 This is what the Lord says:

"For three sins of Israel,
     even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath].
They sell the righteous for silver,
     and the needy for a pair of sandals.
7 They trample on the heads of the poor
     as upon the dust of the ground
     and deny justice to the oppressed.
Father and son use the same girl
     and so profane my holy name.
8 They lie down beside every altar
     on garments taken in pledge.
In the house of their god
     they drink wine taken as fines.
9 "I destroyed the Amorite before them,
     though he was tall as the cedars
     and strong as the oaks.
I destroyed his fruit above
     and his roots below.
10 "I brought you up out of Egypt,
     and I led you forty years in the desert
     to give you the land of the Amorites.
11 I also raised up prophets from among your sons
     and Nazirites from among your young men.
Is this not true, people of Israel?"
     declares the Lord.
12 "But you made the Nazirites drink wine
     and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.
13 "Now then, I will crush you
     as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.
14 The swift will not escape,
     the strong will not muster their strength,
     and the warrior will not save his life.
15 The archer will not stand his ground,
     the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,
     and the horseman will not save his life.
16 Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day," declares the LORD.

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