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The Lord Will Punish Israel for Its Immoral Behavior

Listen to this message which I, Yahweh, have spoken against you Israelites, against your whole family that I brought out of Egypt.

Out of all the families on earth, I have known no one else but you.
    That is why I am going to punish you for all your sins.

Do two people ever walk together without meeting first?
Does a lion roar in the forest if it has no prey?
    Does a young lion growl in its den unless it has caught something?
Does a bird land in a trap on the ground if there’s no bait in it?
    Does a trap spring up from the ground unless it has caught something?
If a ram’s horn sounds an alarm in a city, won’t the people be alarmed?
    If there is a disaster in a city, hasn’t Yahweh done it?
Certainly, Adonay Yahweh doesn’t do anything
    unless he first reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.
The lion has roared. Who isn’t afraid?
    Adonay Yahweh has spoken. Who can keep from prophesying?

Announce in the palaces of Ashdod and in the palaces of Egypt,
    “Gather together on the mountains of Samaria.
        See the widespread confusion and oppression in Samaria.”
10 Those who collect profits in their palaces
    through violent and destructive acts
        don’t know how to do what is right, declares Yahweh.

11 This is what Adonay Yahweh says:

An enemy will surround your land,
    strip you of your defenses,
        and loot your palaces.

12 This is what Yahweh says:

As a shepherd rescues two legs or a piece of an ear out of a lion’s mouth,
    so the Israelites living in Samaria will be rescued,
        having only a corner of a bed or a piece of a couch.[a]
13 Listen, and testify against the descendants of Jacob,
    declares Adonay Yahweh Elohe Tsebaoth.
14 On the day I punish Israel for its disobedience,
    I will also destroy the altars at Bethel.
        The horns of the altar will be cut off and will fall to the ground.
15 I will tear down winter houses as well as summer houses.
    Houses decorated with ivory will be destroyed.
        Mansions will be demolished, declares Yahweh.


  1. Amos 3:12 Or “a couch of Damascus.”