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Amos 2:4-16 World English Bible (WEB)

Yahweh says:

“For three transgressions of Judah, yes, for four,
    I will not turn away its punishment;
    because they have rejected Yahweh’s law,
    and have not kept his statutes,
    and their lies have led them astray,
    after which their fathers walked;
But I will send a fire on Judah,
    and it will devour the palaces of Jerusalem.”

Yahweh says:

“For three transgressions of Israel, yes, for four,
    I will not turn away its punishment;
    because they have sold the righteous for silver,
    and the needy for a pair of shoes;
    They trample on the dust of the earth on the head of the poor,
    and deny justice to the oppressed;
    and a man and his father use the same maiden, to profane my holy name;
    and they lay themselves down beside every altar on clothes taken in pledge;
    and in the house of their God[a] they drink the wine of those who have been fined.
Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them,
    whose height was like the height of the cedars,
    and he was strong as the oaks;
    yet I destroyed his fruit from above,
    and his roots from beneath.
10 Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
    and led you forty years in the wilderness,
    to possess the land of the Amorite.
11 I raised up some of your sons for prophets,
    and some of your young men for Nazirites.
Isn’t this true,
    you children of Israel?” says Yahweh.
12 “But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink,
    and commanded the prophets, saying, ‘Don’t prophesy!’
13 Behold,[b] I will crush you in your place,
    as a cart crushes that is full of grain.
14 Flight will perish from the swift;
    and the strong won’t strengthen his force;
    neither shall the mighty deliver himself;
15     neither shall he stand who handles the bow;
    and he who is swift of foot won’t escape;
    neither shall he who rides the horse deliver himself;
16 and he who is courageous among the mighty will flee away naked on that day,”

says Yahweh.


  1. Amos 2:8 The Hebrew word rendered “God” is “אֱלֹהִ֑ים” (Elohim).
  2. Amos 2:13 “Behold”, from “הִנֵּה”, means look at, take notice, observe, see, or gaze at. It is often used as an interjection.
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Amos 2:4-16 New International Version (NIV)

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Judah,
    even for four, I will not relent.
Because they have rejected the law of the Lord
    and have not kept his decrees,
because they have been led astray by false gods,[a]
    the gods[b] their ancestors followed,
I will send fire on Judah
    that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem.

Judgment on Israel

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Israel,
    even for four, I will not relent.
They sell the innocent for silver,
    and the needy for a pair of sandals.
They trample on the heads of the poor
    as on the dust of the ground
    and deny justice to the oppressed.
Father and son use the same girl
    and so profane my holy name.
They lie down beside every altar
    on garments taken in pledge.
In the house of their god
    they drink wine taken as fines.

“Yet I destroyed the Amorites before them,
    though they were tall as the cedars
    and strong as the oaks.
I destroyed their fruit above
    and their roots below.
10 I brought you up out of Egypt
    and led you forty years in the wilderness
    to give you the land of the Amorites.

11 “I also raised up prophets from among your children
    and Nazirites from among your youths.
Is this not true, people of Israel?”
declares the Lord.
12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine
    and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.

13 “Now then, I will crush you
    as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.
14 The swift will not escape,
    the strong will not muster their strength,
    and the warrior will not save his life.
15 The archer will not stand his ground,
    the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,
    and the horseman will not save his life.
16 Even the bravest warriors
    will flee naked on that day,”
declares the Lord.


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