New International Version
3 Do two walk together
unless they have agreed to do so?
4 Does a lion roar(A) in the thicket
when it has no prey?(B)
Does it growl in its den
when it has caught nothing?
5 Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground
when no bait(C) is there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground
if it has not caught anything?
6 When a trumpet(D) sounds in a city,
do not the people tremble?
When disaster(E) comes to a city,
has not the Lord caused it?(F)
11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:
“An enemy will overrun your land,
pull down your strongholds
and plunder your fortresses.(Q)”
12 This is what the Lord says:
“As a shepherd rescues from the lion’s(R) mouth
only two leg bones or a piece of an ear,
so will the Israelites living in Samaria be rescued,
with only the head of a bed
and a piece of fabric[a] from a couch.[b](S)”
13 “Hear this and testify(T) against the descendants of Jacob,” declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.
14 “On the day I punish(U) Israel for her sins,
I will destroy the altars of Bethel;(V)
the horns(W) of the altar will be cut off
and fall to the ground.
15 I will tear down the winter house(X)
along with the summer house;(Y)
the houses adorned with ivory(Z) will be destroyed
and the mansions(AA) will be demolished,(AB)”
declares the Lord.(AC)
Israel Has Not Returned to God
4 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan(AD) on Mount Samaria,(AE)
you women who oppress the poor(AF) and crush the needy(AG)
and say to your husbands,(AH) “Bring us some drinks!(AI)”
2 The Sovereign Lord has sworn by his holiness:
“The time(AJ) will surely come
when you will be taken away(AK) with hooks,(AL)
the last of you with fishhooks.[c]
3 You will each go straight out
through breaches in the wall,(AM)
and you will be cast out toward Harmon,[d]”
declares the Lord.
- Amos 3:12 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
- Amos 3:12 Or Israelites be rescued, / those who sit in Samaria / on the edge of their beds / and in Damascus on their couches.
- Amos 4:2 Or away in baskets, / the last of you in fish baskets
- Amos 4:3 Masoretic Text; with a different word division of the Hebrew (see Septuagint) out, you mountain of oppression