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: # Am 2:10
2I have known only you # Ex 19:5-6; Dt 4:32-37
out of all the clans of the earth;
therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities. # Jr 14:10; Ezk 20:36; Dn 9:12
3Can two walk together # Lv 26:23-24
without agreeing to meet? # LXX reads without meeting
4Does a lion roar # Ps 104:21; Hs 5:14; 11:10 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 horn # Jr 4:5,19,21; 6:1; Hs 5:8; Zph 1:16 is blown in a city,
aren’t people afraid? # Nm 10:9; Jr 4:19; Jl 2:1
If a disaster # Is 14:24-27; 45:7 occurs in a city,
hasn’t the Lord done it? # Lm 3:37-39
7Indeed, the Lord God does nothing
without revealing His counsel
to His servants the prophets. # Gn 18:17; Jr 23:18,22; Jnh 1:2
8A lion has roared; # Am 1:2
who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken; # Jnh 1:1-3; 3:1-3
who will not prophesy? # Jr 6:10-11; 20:9
9Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdod # 1Sm 5:1; Am 1:8
and on the citadels in the land of Egypt:
Assemble on the mountains of Samaria # Am 4:1; 6:1
and see the great turmoil in the city
and the acts of oppression within it. # Am 5:11; 6:8
10The people are incapable of doing right # Ps 14:4; Jr 4:22; Am 5:7; 6:12
this is the Lord’s declaration —
those who store up violence and destruction # Hab 2:8-10; Zph 1:9; Zch 5:3-4
in their citadels.
11Therefore, the Lord God says:
An enemy # Am 6:14 will surround the land;
he will destroy # Am 2:14 your strongholds
and plunder your citadels. # 2Kg 17:5-6; 18:9-12
12The Lord says:
As the shepherd snatches two legs
or a piece of an ear
from the lion’s mouth, # 1Sm 17:34-37
so the Israelites who live in Samaria
will be rescued
with only the corner of a bed # Ps 132:3
or the # Or Israelites will be rescued, those who sit in Samaria on a corner of a bed or a cushion # Hb obscure of a couch. # LXX, Aq, Sym, Theod, Syr, Tg, Vg read or in Damascus # Est 1:6; 7:8; Am 6:4
13Listen and testify # Ezk 2:7 against the house of Jacob —
this is the declaration of the Lord God,
the God of Hosts.
14I will punish the altars of Bethel # Hs 10:5-8,14-15; Am 4:4; 5:5-6; 7:10,13
on the day I punish Israel for its crimes;
the horns of the altar # Lv 8:15; 16:18-19; 1Kg 1:50-51; 2:28; Ps 118:27 will be cut off
and fall to the ground. # Hs 10:1-2
15I will demolish the winter house # Jr 36:22
and the summer house; # Jdg 3:20
the houses inlaid with ivory # 1Kg 22:39; 2Ch 9:17; Am 6:4 will be destroyed,
and the great houses # Am 2:5; 6:11 will come to an end.
This is the Lord’s declaration.