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14 For I am like a lion to Ephraim,
    like a young lion to the house of Judah;(A)
It is I who tear the prey and depart,
    I carry it away and no one can save it.(B)

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He said:

The Lord roars from Zion,[a]
    and raises his voice from Jerusalem;
The pastures of the shepherds languish,
    and the summit of Carmel withers.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 1:2 Significantly, the roar comes to the Northern Kingdom from Jerusalem. This verse, perhaps an editorial remark, sets the tone of Amos’s message.

The lion has roared,
    who would not fear?(A)
The Lord God has spoken,
    who would not prophesy?

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12 Thus says the Lord:
As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion
    a pair of sheep’s legs or the tip of an ear,
So shall the Israelites escape,
    those who dwell in Samaria,
With the corner of a couch
    or a piece of a cot.[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 3:12 The “escape” is clearly a disaster, not a deliverance.

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