Amos 3
Holman Christian Standard Bible  Par ▾ 

God’s Reasons for Punishing Israel

1Listen to this message that the LORD has spoken against you, Israelites, against the entire clan that I brought from the land of Egypt:a

2I have known only youb

out of all the clans of the earth;

therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities.c

3Can two walk togetherd

without agreeing to meet?e

4Does a lion roarf in the forest

when it has no prey?

Does a young lion growl from its lair

unless it has captured something?

5Does a bird land in a trap on the ground

if there is no bait for it?

Does a trap spring from the ground

when it has caught nothing?

6If a ram’s horng is blown in a city,

aren’t people afraid?h

If a disasteri occurs in a city,

hasn’t the LORD done it?j

7Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing

without revealing His counsel

to His servants the prophets.k

8A lion has roared;l

who will not fear?

The Lord GOD has spoken;m

who will not prophesy?n

9Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdodo

and on the citadels in the land of Egypt:

Assemble on the mountains of Samariap

and see the great turmoil in the city

and the acts of oppression within it.q

10The people are incapable of doing rightr —

this is the LORD’s declaration —

those who store up violence and destructions

in their citadels.

11Therefore, the Lord GOD says:

An enemyt will surround the land;

he will destroyu your strongholds

and plunder your citadels.v

12The LORD says:

As the shepherd snatches two legs

or a piece of an ear

from the lion’s mouth,w

so the Israelites who live in Samaria

will be rescued

with only the corner of a bedx

or they cushionz of a couch.aa, ab

13Listen and testifyac against the house of Jacob —

this is the declaration of the Lord GOD,

the God of Hosts.

14I will punish the altars of Bethelad

on the day I punish Israel for its crimes;

the horns of the altarae will be cut off

and fall to the

15I will demolish the winter houseag

and the summer house;ah

the houses inlaid with ivoryai will be destroyed,

and the great housesaj will come to an end.

This is the LORD’s declaration.

a. 3:1 Am 2:10
b. 3:2 Ex 19:5-6; Dt 4:32-37
c. 3:2 Jr 14:10; Ezk 20:36; Dn 9:12
d. 3:3 Lv 26:23-24
e. 3:3 LXX reads without meeting
f. 3:4 Ps 104:21; Hs 5:14; 11:10
g. 3:6 Jr 4:5,19,21; 6:1; Hs 5:8; Zph 1:16
h. 3:6 Nm 10:9; Jr 4:19; Jl 2:1
i. 3:6 Is 14:24-27; 45:7
j. 3:6 Lm 3:37-39
k. 3:7 Gn 18:17; Jr 23:18,22; Jnh 1:2
l. 3:8 Am 1:2
m. 3:8 Jnh 1:1-3; 3:1-3
n. 3:8 Jr 6:10-11; 20:9
o. 3:9 1Sm 5:1; Am 1:8
p. 3:9 Am 4:1; 6:1
q. 3:9 Am 5:11; 6:8
r. 3:10 Ps 14:4; Jr 4:22; Am 5:7; 6:12
s. 3:10 Hab 2:8-10; Zph 1:9; Zch 5:3-4
t. 3:11 Am 6:14
u. 3:11 Am 2:14
v. 3:11 2Kg 17:5-6; 18:9-12
w. 3:12 1Sm 17:34-37
x. 3:12 Ps 132:3
y. 3:12 Or Israelites will be rescued, those who sit in Samaria on a corner of a bed or a
z. 3:12 Hb obscure
aa. 3:12 LXX, Aq, Sym, Theod, Syr, Tg, Vg read or in Damascus
ab. 3:12 Est 1:6; 7:8; Am 6:4
ac. 3:13 Ezk 2:7
ad. 3:14 Hs 10:5-8,14-15; Am 4:4; 5:5-6; 7:10,13
ae. 3:14 Lv 8:15; 16:18-19; 1Kg 1:50-51; 2:28; Ps 118:27
af. 3:14 Hs 10:1-2
ag. 3:15 Jr 36:22
ah. 3:15 Jdg 3:20
ai. 3:15 1Kg 22:39; 2Ch 9:17; Am 6:4
aj. 3:15 Am 2:5; 6:11
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