16 If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion(A)
    and again display your awesome power against me.(B)

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This is what the Lord says to me:

“As a lion(A) growls,
    a great lion over its prey—
and though a whole band of shepherds(B)
    is called together against it,
it is not frightened by their shouts
    or disturbed by their clamor(C)
so the Lord Almighty will come down(D)
    to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights.

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19 “Like a lion(A) coming up from Jordan’s thickets(B)
    to a rich pastureland,
I will chase Edom from its land in an instant.
    Who is the chosen one I will appoint for this?
Who is like(C) me and who can challenge me?(D)
    And what shepherd(E) can stand against me?”

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Like a bear robbed of her cubs,(A)
    I will attack them and rip them open;
like a lion(B) I will devour them—
    a wild animal will tear them apart.(C)

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12 This is what the Lord says:

“As a shepherd rescues from the lion’s(A) mouth
    only two leg bones or a piece of an ear,
so will the Israelites living in Samaria be rescued,
    with only the head of a bed
    and a piece of fabric[a] from a couch.[b](B)

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 3:12 The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  2. Amos 3:12 Or Israelites be rescued, / those who sit in Samaria / on the edge of their beds / and in Damascus on their couches.