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Amos 1:2-4 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

Punishment for Aram

Amos said,
“The Lord will shout like a lion in Zion.
    His loud voice will roar from Jerusalem.
The green pastures of the shepherds will turn brown and die.
    Even Mount Carmel[a] will become dry.”

This is what the Lord says: “I will definitely punish the people of Damascus for the many crimes they did.[b] They crushed the people of Gilead with iron threshing tools. So I will start a fire at Hazael’s[c] house that will destroy the great palaces of Ben-Hadad.[d]


  1. Amos 1:2 Mount Carmel A mountain in northern Israel. The name means “God’s vineyard.” This shows that it was a very fertile hill.
  2. Amos 1:3 for the many crimes they did Literally, “for three crimes … and for four ….” This shows that these people were very sinful—and it was time to punish them. Also in verses 6, 9, 11, 13; 2:1, 4, 6.
  3. Amos 1:4 Hazael Hazael was the king of Aram (Syria). He murdered Ben-Hadad I so that he could become king. See 2 Kings 8:7.
  4. Amos 1:4 Ben-Hadad Ben-Hadad II, the son of Hazael, king of Aram (Syria). See 2 Kings 13:3.
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