The Prophet Reveals Destruction
1Hear this word that Adonai has spoken against you, Bnei Yisrael, against the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying:
2“Only you have I known from among all the families of the earth. Therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities.
3Can two walk together unless they meet by appointment?
4Does a lion roar in the forest when he has no prey? Does a young lion growl from his den unless he has taken prey?
5Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground if it has no bait? Will a snare spring up from the ground without taking anything?
6If a shofar alarm sounds in a city, will people not tremble? If there is calamity in a city, has not Adonai caused it?
7For the Lord Adonai, will do nothing, unless He has revealed His counsel to His servants the prophets.
8A lion has roared, who will not fear? My Lord Adonai has spoken, who shall not prophesy?
9Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdod and the citadels in the land of Egypt: “Assemble on Samaria’s mountains: Behold the great tumult within it, even the oppression within it.”
10They do not know how to be honest, —declares Adonai— those who are saving up violence and destruction in their citadels.
11Therefore thus says my Lord Adonai: “An adversary will surround the land! He will bring down your strength. Your citadels will be plundered
12Thus says Adonai: “Just as the shepherd snatches out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so will Bnei-Yisrael dwelling in Samaria escape with the corner of a bed or a head of a couch.
13Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob.” It is the declaration of my Lord Adonai Elohei-Tzva’ot.
14“For in a day I shall punish Israel for the transgressions of Israel, and attend to the altars of Bethel— the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.
15I will also strike the winter house together with the summer house. The houses of ivory will perish, and great houses will be demolished.” It is the declaration of Adonai.