Amos 3:2

3:2 You only have I known. In addition to cognition (Gen. 4:9), the Hebrew word for “know” has a wide range of meaning, including sexual relations (Gen. 4:1). Here the term denotes God’s sovereign choice, or election, of Israel as the object of His loving concern (Gen. 18:19; cf. Deut. 7:7, 8).

therefore. The Lord’s covenant graces include punishment for sins precisely because He loves His people too much to allow them to sin without discipline (Prov. 3:11, 12).