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Amos 1:2-2:3 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

And he said:

Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors

“The Lord roars from Zion,
    and utters his voice from Jerusalem;
the pastures of the shepherds mourn,
    and the top of Carmel withers.”

Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of Damascus,
    and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;[a]
because they have threshed Gilead
    with threshing sledges of iron.
So I will send a fire upon the house of Haz′ael,
    and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-ha′dad.
I will break the bar of Damascus,
    and cut off the inhabitants from the Valley of Aven,[b]
and him that holds the scepter from Beth-eden;
    and the people of Syria shall go into exile to Kir,”
                says the Lord.

Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of Gaza,
    and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;[c]
because they carried into exile a whole people
    to deliver them up to Edom.
So I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza,
    and it shall devour her strongholds.
I will cut off the inhabitants from Ashdod,
    and him that holds the scepter from Ash′kelon;
I will turn my hand against Ekron;
    and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish,”
                says the Lord God.

Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of Tyre,
    and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;[d]
because they delivered up a whole people to Edom,
    and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood.
10 So I will send a fire upon the wall of Tyre,
    and it shall devour her strongholds.”

11 Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of Edom,
    and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;[e]
because he pursued his brother with the sword,
    and cast off all pity,
and his anger tore perpetually,
    and he kept his wrath[f] for ever.
12 So I will send a fire upon Teman,
    and it shall devour the strongholds of Bozrah.”

13 Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of the Ammonites,
    and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;[g]
because they have ripped up women with child in Gilead,
    that they might enlarge their border.
14 So I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah,
    and it shall devour her strongholds,
with shouting in the day of battle,
    with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind;
15 and their king shall go into exile,
    he and his princes together,”
                says the Lord.

Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of Moab,
    and for four, I will not revoke the punishment;[h]
because he burned to lime
    the bones of the king of Edom.
So I will send a fire upon Moab,
    and it shall devour the strongholds of Ker′ioth,
and Moab shall die amid uproar,
    amid shouting and the sound of the trumpet;
I will cut off the ruler from its midst,
    and will slay all its princes with him,”
                says the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 1:3 Heb cause it to return
  2. Amos 1:5 Or On
  3. Amos 1:6 Heb cause it to return
  4. Amos 1:9 Heb cause it to return
  5. Amos 1:11 Heb cause it to return
  6. Amos 1:11 Gk Syr Vg: Heb his wrath kept
  7. Amos 1:13 Heb cause it to return
  8. Amos 2:1 Heb cause it to return
Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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