Amos 3



1 Hear this word that Jehovah has spoken against you, O sons of Israel, against all the family which I brought·​·up from the land of Egypt, saying,

2 You only have I known of all the families of the ground; therefore I will visit you for all your iniquities.

3 Can two walk together, without them having met·​·together?

4 Will a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey, will a young·​·lion give his voice from his abode, if he has not captured?

5 Can a bird fall in a trap on the earth, if there is not a snare for it? shall a trap come·​·up from the ground if taking one does not take?

6 Shall a shophar* be sounded in the city, and the people not be·​·frightened? Shall there be evil in a city, and Jehovah has not done it*?

7 For the Lord Jehovih* will not do the word, for He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets.

8 The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord Jehovih has spoken, who will not prophesy?

9 Make it heard in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Gather yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and see the many upsets in her midst, and the oppressed in her midst.

10 And they know not to do righteousness, says Jehovah, treasuring violence and devastation in their palaces.

11 Therefore thus says the Lord Jehovih; An adversary there shall be even all around the land; and he shall bring·​·down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be plundered.

12 Thus says Jehovah: As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a small·​·piece of an ear; so shall the sons of Israel be rescued who dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and on the edge of a couch.

13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, says the Lord Jehovih, the God of Armies,

14 that in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him, I will also visit the altars of Bethel; and the horns of the altar shall be hewn·​·off, and they shall fall to the earth.

15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall be consummated, says Jehovah.

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Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.