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Amos 3 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:1 - Listen to this message that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel and Judah—against the entire family I rescued from Egypt:
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:2 - “From among all the families on the earth,
I have been intimate with you alone.
That is why I must punish you
for all your sins.”
Witnesses against Guilty Israel
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:3 - Can two people walk together
without agreeing on the direction?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:4 - Does a lion ever roar in a thicket
without first finding a victim?
Does a young lion growl in its den
without first catching its prey?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:5 - Does a bird ever get caught in a trap
that has no bait?
Does a trap spring shut
when there’s nothing to catch?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:6 - When the ram’s horn blows a warning,
shouldn’t the people be alarmed?
Does disaster come to a city
unless the LORD has planned it?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:7 - Indeed, the Sovereign LORD never does anything
until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:8 - The lion has roared—
so who isn’t frightened?
The Sovereign LORD has spoken—
so who can refuse to proclaim his message?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:9 - Announce this to the leaders of Philistia[fn]
and to the great ones of Egypt:
“Take your seats now on the hills around Samaria,
and witness the chaos and oppression in Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:10 - “My people have forgotten how to do right,”
says the LORD.
“Their fortresses are filled with wealth
taken by theft and violence.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:11 - Therefore,” says the Sovereign LORD,
“an enemy is coming!
He will surround them and shatter their defenses.
Then he will plunder all their fortresses.”
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:12 - This is what the LORD says:
“A shepherd who tries to rescue a sheep from a lion’s mouth
will recover only two legs or a piece of an ear.
So it will be for the Israelites in Samaria lying on luxurious beds,
and for the people of Damascus reclining on couches.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:13 - “Now listen to this, and announce it throughout all Israel,[fn]” says the Lord, the LORD God of Heaven’s Armies.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:14 - “On the very day I punish Israel for its sins,
I will destroy the pagan altars at Bethel.
The horns of the altar will be cut off
and fall to the ground.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 3:15 - And I will destroy the beautiful homes of the wealthy—
their winter mansions and their summer houses, too—
all their palaces filled with ivory,”
says the LORD.
NLT Footnotes
Hebrew Ashdod.
The meaning of the Hebrew in this sentence is uncertain.
Hebrew the house of Jacob. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation.

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