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Amos 1:4-6 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

So I will start a fire at Hazael’s[a] house that will destroy the great palaces of Ben-Hadad.[b]

“I will also break open the gates of Damascus[c] and remove the one who sits on the throne in the Valley of Aven.[d] I will remove the symbol of power from Beth Eden,[e] and the Arameans will be defeated and taken back to Kir.[f]” This is what the Lord said.

Punishment for the Philistines

This is what the Lord says: “I will definitely punish the people of Gaza[g] for the many crimes they did. They took an entire nation of people and sent them as slaves to Edom.

Footnotes:

  1. 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.
  2. Amos 1:4 Ben-Hadad Ben-Hadad II, the son of Hazael, king of Aram (Syria). See 2 Kings 13:3.
  3. Amos 1:5 Damascus The capital city of Aram (Syria).
  4. Amos 1:5 the Valley of Aven A name that can mean “Restful Valley” or “Empty Valley of Misfortune.”
  5. Amos 1:5 Beth Eden The royal city of Aram (Syria) on Mount Lebanon. This name means “House of Pleasure” or “Paradise.”
  6. Amos 1:5 Kir Or “Kur,” an area controlled by the Assyrians. See Amos 9:7.
  7. Amos 1:6 Gaza An important city of the Philistines.
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