14 (A)Flight shall perish from the swift,
    (B)and the strong shall not retain his strength,
    (C)nor shall the mighty save his life;

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23 Thus says the Lord: (A)“Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches,

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The Destruction of Israel

I saw the Lord standing beside[a] the altar, and he said:

(A)“Strike the capitals until (B)the thresholds (C)shake,
    (D)and shatter them on the heads of all the people;[b]
and those who are left of them I will kill with the sword;
    (E)not one of them shall flee away;
    not one of them shall escape.

(F)“If they dig into Sheol,
    from there shall my hand take them;
(G)if they climb up to heaven,
    from there I will bring them down.
If they hide themselves on (H)the top of Carmel,
    from there I will search them out and take them;
(I)and if they hide from my sight at the bottom of the sea,
    there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them.

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 9:1 Or on
  2. Amos 9:1 Hebrew all of them

Wisdom Better Than Folly

11 (A)Again I saw that under the sun (B)the race is not to the swift, nor (C)the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and (D)chance (E)happen to them all.

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16 (A)The king is not saved by his great army;
    a warrior is not delivered by his great strength.

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16 and you said,
“No! We will flee upon (A)horses”;
    therefore you shall flee away;
and, “We will ride upon swift steeds”;
    therefore your pursuers shall be swift.
17 (B)A thousand shall flee at the threat of one;
    at the threat of five you shall flee,
till you are left
    like a flagstaff on the top of a mountain,
    like a signal on a hill.

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20 But (A)the eyes of the wicked will fail;
    all way of escape will be lost to them,
    and their hope is (B)to breathe their last.”

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