Warning to Israel
1Listen to this word that the Lord has spoken against you, people of Israel, against the whole family he brought out of Egypt.
2“I have chosen only you
out of all the families of the earth,
so I will punish you
for all your sins.”
3Two people will not walk together
unless they have agreed to do so.
4A lion in the forest does not roar
unless it has caught an animal;
it does not growl in its den
when it has caught nothing.
5A bird will not fall into a trap
where there is no bait;
the trap will not spring shut
if there is nothing to catch.
6When a trumpet blows a warning in a city,
the people tremble.
When trouble comes to a city,
the Lord has caused it.
7Before the Lord God does anything,
he tells his plans to his servants the prophets.
8The lion has roared!
Who wouldn’t be afraid?
The Lord God has spoken.
Who will not prophesy?
9Announce this to the strong buildings of Ashdod
and to the strong buildings of Egypt:
“Come to the mountains of Samaria,
where you will see great confusion
and people hurting others.”
10“The people don’t know how to do what is right,” says the Lord.
“Their strong buildings are filled with treasures they took by force from others.”
11So this is what the Lord God says:
“An enemy will take over the land
and pull down your strongholds;
he will take the treasures out of your strong buildings.”
12This is what the Lord says:
“A shepherd might save from a lion’s mouth
only two leg bones or a scrap of an ear of his sheep.
In the same way only a few Israelites in Samaria will be saved—
people who now sit on their beds
and on their couches.”
13“Listen and be witnesses against the family of Jacob,” says the Lord God, the God All-Powerful.
14“When I punish Israel for their sins,
I will also destroy the altars at Bethel.
The corners of the altar will be cut off,
and they will fall to the ground.
15I will tear down the winter house,
together with the summer house.
The houses decorated with ivory will be destroyed,
and the great houses will come to an end,” says the Lord.