6 Thus says the Lord, “For three transgressions of Israel and for four I will not revoke its punishment, Because they sell the righteous for money And the needy for a pair of sandals. 7 “These who [a]pant after the very dust of the earth on the head of the helpless Also turn aside the way of the humble; And a man and his father [b]resort to the same [c]girl In order to profane My holy name. 8 “On garments taken as pledges they stretch out beside every altar, And in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.
9 “Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them, [d]Though his height was like the height of cedars And he was strong as the oaks; I even destroyed his fruit above and his root below. 10 “It was I who brought you up from the land of Egypt, And I led you in the wilderness forty years [e]That you might take possession of the land of the Amorite. 11 “Then I raised up some of your sons to be prophets And some of your young men to be Nazirites. Is this not so, O sons of Israel?” declares the Lord. 12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine, And you commanded the prophets saying, ‘You shall not prophesy!’ 13 “Behold, I am [f]weighted down beneath you As a wagon [g]is weighted down when filled with sheaves. 14 “[h]Flight will perish from the swift, And the stalwart will not strengthen his power, Nor the mighty man save his [i]life. 15 “He who grasps the bow will not stand his ground, The swift of foot will not escape, Nor will he who rides the horse save his [j]life. 16 “Even the [k]bravest among the warriors will flee naked in that day,” declares the Lord.
All the Tribes Are Guilty
3 Hear this word which the Lord has spoken against you, sons of Israel, against the entire [l]family which [m]He brought up from the land of Egypt:
2 “You only have I [n]chosen among all the families of the earth; Therefore I will [o]punish you for all your iniquities.” 3 Do two men walk together unless they have made an [p]appointment? 4 Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion [q]growl from his den unless he has captured something? 5 Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no [r]bait in it? Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all? 6 If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it? 7 [s]Surely the Lord [t]God does nothing Unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets. 8 A lion has roared! Who will not fear? The Lord [u]God has spoken! Who can but prophesy?
Amos 2:7Or trample or, snap at the head of the helpless on the dust
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