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Amos 3 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Israel’s Guilt and Punishment

Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:1 - Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:2 - “You only have I known
of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:3 - “Do two walk together,
unless they have agreed to meet?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:4 - Does a lion roar in the forest,
when he has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from his den,
if he has taken nothing?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:5 - Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth,
when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when it has taken nothing?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:6 - Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster come to a city,
unless the LORD has done it?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:7 - “For the Lord GOD does nothing
without revealing his secret
to his servants the prophets.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:8 - The lion has roared;
who will not fear?
The Lord GOD has spoken;
who can but prophesy?”
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:9 - Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod
and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
and say, “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria,
and see the great tumults within her,
and the oppressed in her midst.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:10 - “They do not know how to do right,” declares the LORD,
“those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:11 - Therefore thus says the Lord GOD:
“An adversary shall surround the land
and bring down[fn] your defenses from you,
and your strongholds shall be plundered.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:12 - Thus says the LORD: “As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part[fn] of a bed.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:13 - “Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob,”
declares the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:14 - “that on the day I punish Israel for his transgressions,
I will punish the altars of Bethel,
and the horns of the altar shall be cut off
and fall to the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:15 - I will strike the winter house along with the summer house,
and the houses of ivory shall perish,
and the great houses[fn] shall come to an end,”
declares the LORD.
ESV Footnotes
Hebrew An adversary, one who surrounds the land—he shall bring down
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
Or and many houses

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