3 Listen to this word that the Lord has spoken against you, ·people [L sons; T children] of Israel, against the whole family he brought out of Egypt.
2 “I have ·chosen [known; C selected for a special relationship] only you out of all the families of the earth, so I will punish you for all your sins.”
3 ·Two people will not [L Can two…?] walk together unless they have agreed ·to do so [or to meet; or on the direction]. 4 ·A lion in the forest does not [L Does a lion in the forest…?] roar unless it has caught ·an animal [L its prey]; ·it does not [L does a young lion…?] growl in its den when it has caught nothing. 5 ·A bird will not [L Does a bird…?] fall into a trap where there is no bait; ·the trap will not [L does the trap…?] spring shut if there is nothing to catch. 6 When a trumpet ·blows a warning [L sounds] in a city, [L do not…?] the people tremble. When ·trouble [disaster] comes to a city, ·the Lord has [L has not the Lord…?] caused it. 7 Before the Lord God does anything, he tells his plans to his servants the prophets. 8 The lion has roared [C a symbol of coming judgment]! Who wouldn’t be afraid? The Lord God has spoken. Who will not prophesy?
9 Announce this to the ·strong buildings [fortresses; palaces] of Ashdod [C a city in Philistia] and to the ·strong buildings [fortresses; palaces] of Egypt: “·Come to [Assemble yourselves on] the mountains of Samaria, where you will see great ·confusion [chaos; tumult] and ·people hurting others [oppression in her midst].”
10 “The people don’t know how to do what is right,” says the Lord. “Their ·strong buildings [fortresses; palaces] are filled with ·treasures they took by force from others [the spoils of violence and robbery].” 11 So this is what the Lord God says: “An enemy will ·take over [overrun; or encircle] the land and pull down your strongholds; he will ·take the treasures out of [plunder] your ·strong buildings [fortresses; palaces].”
12 This is what the Lord says:
“A shepherd might save from a lion’s mouth only two leg bones or a scrap of an ear of his sheep. In the same way only a few Israelites in Samaria will be saved— ·people who now sit on their beds and on their couches [or only a corner of a bed or a part of a couch will be saved].”
13 “Listen and ·be witnesses [testify] against the family of Jacob [C Israel],” says the Lord God, the God ·All-Powerful [Almighty; of Heaven’s Armies; T of hosts].
14 “·When [L On the day] I punish Israel for their sins, I will also destroy the altars at Bethel [C an important worship center in Israel; 1 Kin. 12:25–33]. The ·corners [L horns] of the altar will be cut off, and they will fall to the ground. 15 I will tear down the winter house, together with the summer house. The houses ·decorated with [or filled with; L of] ivory will be destroyed, and the great houses will ·come to an end [or be swept away],” says the Lord.
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