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Amos 3

Witnesses Summoned Against Israel

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 "You only have I chosen
     of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
     for all your sins."
3 Do two walk together
     unless they have agreed to do so?
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 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 a trumpet sounds in a city,
     do not the people tremble?
When disaster comes to a city,
     has not the Lord caused it?
7 Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing
     without revealing his plan
     to his servants the prophets.
8 The lion has roared--
     who will not fear?
The Sovereign Lord has spoken--
     who can but prophesy?
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 do not know how to do right," declares the Lord,
     "who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses."

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 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.(1)"

13 "Hear this and testify against the house of Jacob," declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.

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 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.


10 "They do not know how to do right," declares the Lord,
     "who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses."

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 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.(1)"

13 "Hear this and testify against the house of Jacob," declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.

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 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.


10 "They do not know how to do right," declares the Lord,
     "who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses."

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 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.(1)"

13 "Hear this and testify against the house of Jacob," declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.

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 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.

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