24 All the nations will ask: “Why has the Lord done this to this land?(A) Why this fierce, burning anger?”

25 And the answer will be: “It is because this people abandoned the covenant of the Lord, the God of their ancestors, the covenant he made with them when he brought them out of Egypt.(B) 26 They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them, gods they did not know, gods he had not given them. 27 Therefore the Lord’s anger burned against this land, so that he brought on it all the curses written in this book.(C) 28 In furious anger and in great wrath(D) the Lord uprooted(E) them from their land and thrust them into another land, as it is now.”

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17 And in that day I will become angry(A) with them and forsake(B) them; I will hide(C) my face(D) from them, and they will be destroyed. Many disasters(E) and calamities will come on them, and in that day they will ask, ‘Have not these disasters come on us because our God is not with us?’(F)

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25 Therefore the Lord’s anger(A) burns against his people;
    his hand is raised and he strikes them down.
The mountains shake,(B)
    and the dead bodies(C) are like refuse(D) in the streets.(E)

Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,(F)
    his hand is still upraised.(G)

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25 So he poured out on them his burning anger,(A)
    the violence of war.
It enveloped them in flames,(B) yet they did not understand;(C)
    it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.(D)

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This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Judah,(A)
    even for four, I will not relent.
Because they have rejected the law(B) of the Lord
    and have not kept his decrees,(C)
because they have been led astray(D) by false gods,[a](E)
    the gods[b] their ancestors followed,(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 2:4 Or by lies
  2. Amos 2:4 Or lies