Amos - Chapter 3 | New International Version

  • 1. Hear this word the LORD has spoken against you, O people of Israel--against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:
  • 2. You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins.
  • 3. Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so?
  • 4. Does a lion roar in the thicket when he has no prey? Does he growl in his den when he has caught nothing?
  • 5. Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground where no snare has been set? Does a trap spring up from the earth when there is nothing to catch?
  • 6. When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it?
  • 7. Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
  • 8. The lion has roared-- who will not fear? The Sovereign LORD has spoken-- who can but prophesy?
  • 9. Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod and to the fortresses of Egypt: "Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria; see the great unrest within her and the oppression among her people."
  • 10. They do not know how to do right, declares the LORD, "who hoard plunder and loot in their fortresses."
  • 11. Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: "An enemy will overrun the land; he will pull down your strongholds and plunder your fortresses."
  • 12. This is what the LORD says: "As a shepherd saves from the lion's mouth only two leg bones or a piece of an ear, so will the Israelites be saved, those who sit in Samaria on the edge of their beds and in Damascus on their couches. "
  • 13. Hear this and testify against the house of Jacob, declares the Lord, the LORD God Almighty.
  • 14. On the day I punish Israel for her sins, I will destroy the altars of Bethel; the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.
  • 15. I will tear down the winter house along with the summer house; the houses adorned with ivory will be destroyed and the mansions will be demolished," declares the LORD.