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Amos 2New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

The Lord says,

“The people of Moab have sinned again and again.
    So I will judge them.
They burned the bones
    of Edom’s king to ashes.
So I will send fire to destroy Moab.
    It will burn up Kerioth’s forts.
Moab will come crashing down with a loud noise.
    War cries will be heard.
    So will the blast of trumpets.
I will kill Moab’s ruler.
    I will also kill all its officials,”
    says the Lord.

The Lord says,

“The people of Judah have sinned again and again.
    So I will judge them.
They have refused to obey my law.
    They have not kept my rules.
Other gods have led them astray.
    Their people of long ago
    worshiped those gods.
So I will send fire to destroy Judah.
    It will burn up Jerusalem’s forts.”

The Lord Judges Israel

The Lord says,

“The people of Israel have sinned again and again.
    So I will judge them.
They sell into slavery those who have done no wrong.
    They trade needy people
    for a mere pair of sandals.
They grind the heads of the poor
    into the dust of the ground.
    They refuse to be fair to those who are crushed.
A father and his son have sex with the same girl.
    They treat my name as if it were not holy.
They lie down beside every altar on clothes they have taken.
    They lie on those clothes
    until the owner pays back what is owed.
In the house of their God
    they drink wine that was paid as fines.

“Yet I destroyed the Amorites
    to make room in the land for my people.
The Amorites were as tall as cedar trees.
    They were as strong as oak trees.
But I cut off their fruit above the ground
    and their roots below it.

10 “People of Israel, I brought you up out of Egypt.
    I led you in the desert for 40 years.
    I gave you the land of the Amorites.
11 I raised up prophets from among your children.
    I also set apart for myself some of your young people to be Nazirites.
Isn’t that true, people of Israel?”
    announces the Lord.
12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine.
    You commanded the prophets not to prophesy.

13 “A cart that is loaded with grain
    crushes anything it runs over.
    In the same way, I will crush you.
14 Your fastest runners will not escape.
    The strongest people will not get away.
Even soldiers will not be able
    to save their own lives.
15 Men who are armed with bows will lose the battle.
    Soldiers who are quick on their feet will not escape.
Horsemen will not be able
    to save their own lives.
16 Even your bravest soldiers
    will run away naked on that day,”
    announces the Lord.

New International Reader's Version (NIRV)

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Amos 2New International Version (NIV)

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Moab,
    even for four, I will not relent.
Because he burned to ashes
    the bones of Edom’s king,
I will send fire on Moab
    that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth.[a]
Moab will go down in great tumult
    amid war cries and the blast of the trumpet.
I will destroy her ruler
    and kill all her officials with him,”
says the Lord.

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Judah,
    even for four, I will not relent.
Because they have rejected the law of the Lord
    and have not kept his decrees,
because they have been led astray by false gods,[b]
    the gods[c] their ancestors followed,
I will send fire on Judah
    that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem.

Judgment on Israel

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Israel,
    even for four, I will not relent.
They sell the innocent for silver,
    and the needy for a pair of sandals.
They trample on the heads of the poor
    as on the dust of the ground
    and deny justice to the oppressed.
Father and son use the same girl
    and so profane my holy name.
They lie down beside every altar
    on garments taken in pledge.
In the house of their god
    they drink wine taken as fines.

“Yet I destroyed the Amorites before them,
    though they were tall as the cedars
    and strong as the oaks.
I destroyed their fruit above
    and their roots below.
10 I brought you up out of Egypt
    and led you forty years in the wilderness
    to give you the land of the Amorites.

11 “I also raised up prophets from among your children
    and Nazirites from among your youths.
Is this not true, people of Israel?”
declares the Lord.
12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine
    and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.

13 “Now then, I will crush you
    as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.
14 The swift will not escape,
    the strong will not muster their strength,
    and the warrior will not save his life.
15 The archer will not stand his ground,
    the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,
    and the horseman will not save his life.
16 Even the bravest warriors
    will flee naked on that day,”
declares the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 2:2 Or of her cities
  2. Amos 2:4 Or by lies
  3. Amos 2:4 Or lies
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