Amos, Chapter 3

Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, sons of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,

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You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you [for] all your iniquities.

Can two walk together unless they are agreed?

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Will a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey for him? Will a young lion cry out of his den unless he has caught?

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Will a bird fall into a trap [on] the ground, and there is no bait for it? Will a trap spring up from the ground, and nothing at all be caught?

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If a ram's horn is blown in a city, will the people not also tremble? If there is a calamity in a city, has the LORD not also done it?

For the Lord Jehovah will do nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord Jehovah has spoken; who will not prophesy?

Make [it] heard at the palaces of Ashdod, and the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say: Gather yourselves on the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great uproars in its midst, and the oppressed in its midst.

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For they do not know to do right, says the LORD, those who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.

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So the Lord Jehovah says this: An enemy! And he [shall be] all around the land; and he shall bring you down from your strength, and your palaces shall be plundered.

So says the LORD: As the shepherd takes two legs out of the mouth of the lion, or a piece of an ear; so shall the sons of Israel be taken out, those who dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus [on] a couch.

Hear and testify in the house of Jacob, says the Lord Jehovah, the God of hosts,

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for in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel on him, I will also visit the altars of Bethel. And the horns of the altar shall be cut off and shall fall to the ground.

And I will strike the winter house together with the summer house, and the houses of ivory shall perish. And the great houses shall be swept away, says the LORD.

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