Israel’s Guilt and Punishment
1 # ch. 7:16; [ch. 2:10] Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:
Deut. 7:6; 10:15; Ps. 147:19, 20; [Hos. 5:3; 13:5; Mic. 2:3] “You only have I known
of all the families of the earth;
# [Matt. 10:15; 11:21, 22; Luke 10:13, 14; 12:47; Rom. 2:9] therefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities.
3“Do two walk together,
unless they have agreed to meet?
4Does a lion roar in the forest,
when he has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from his den,
if he has taken nothing?
5Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth,
when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when it has taken nothing?
Ezek. 33:4; See Joel 2:1 Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
# [Isa. 45:7; Lam. 3:38; Mic. 1:12] Does disaster come to a city,
unless the Lord has done it?
7“For the Lord God does nothing
Gen. 18:17; [Jer. 15:1] without revealing his secret
to his servants the prophets.
8The lion has roared;
who will not fear?
# [Num. 22:38] The Lord God has spoken;
who can but prophesy?”
9Proclaim to the strongholds in #ch. 1:8 Ashdod
and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
and say, “Assemble yourselves on #ch. 4:1; 6:1; [1 Kgs. 16:24] the mountains of Samaria,
and see the great tumults within her,
and #Ps. 94:5, 6; 103:6; See 1 Kgs. 21:1-16the oppressed in her midst.”
10“They do not know how to do right,” declares the Lord,
# [ch. 6:3; Isa. 3:14, 15]; See Mic. 6:10-12 “those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.”
11Therefore thus says the Lord God:
# [2 Kgs. 17:5, 6]; See 2 Kgs. 18:9-12 “An adversary shall surround the land
and bring down#3:11 Hebrew An adversary, one who surrounds the land—he shall bring down your defenses from you,
and #[Isa. 39:6]your strongholds shall be plundered.”
12Thus says the Lord: #[Ex. 22:13] “As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, #See Jer. 31:8, 9 so shall the people of Israel #[ch. 6:4]who dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part#3:12 The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain of a bed.
13“Hear, #[Ps. 50:7; 81:8] and testify against the house of Jacob,”
declares the Lord God, #ch. 4:13; Ps. 80:4, 7, 14the God of hosts,
14“that on the day I punish Israel for his transgressions,
# [Hos. 10:15]; See 1 Kgs. 13:1-3 I will punish the altars of Bethel,
and #[2 Kgs. 23:15]the horns of the altar shall be cut off
and fall to the ground.
15 # [ch. 6:11] I will strike #Jer. 36:22 the winter house along with #Judg. 3:20 the summer house,
and #1 Kgs. 22:39; Ps. 45:8the houses of ivory shall perish,
and the great houses#3:15 Or and many houses shall come to an end,”
declares the Lord.