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 19:5-6Dt 4:32-37
out of all the clans of the earth;
therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities. #Jr 14:10Ezk 20:36Dn 9:12
3Can two walk together #Lv 26:23-24
without agreeing to meet? # LXX reads without meeting
4Does a lion roar #Ps 104:21Hs 5:14|NoBook| 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|NoBook| 6:1Hs 5:8Zph 1:16 is blown in a city,
aren’t people afraid? #Nm 10:9Jr 4:19Jl 2:1
If a disaster #Is 14:24-27|NoBook| 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 18:17Jr 23:18Jnh 1:2
8A lion has roared; #Am 1:2
who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken; #Jnh 1:1-33:1-3
who will not prophesy? #Jr 6:10-11|NoBook| 20:9
9Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdod #1Sm 5:1Am 1:8
and on the citadels in the land of Egypt:
Assemble on the mountains of Samaria #Am 4:1|NoBook| 6:1
and see the great turmoil in the city
and the acts of oppression within it. #Am 5:11|NoBook| 6:8
10The people are incapable of doing right #Ps 14:4Jr 4:22Am 5:7|NoBook| 6:12 —
this is the Lord’s declaration —
those who store up violence and destruction #Hab 2:8-10Zph 1:9Zch 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 17:5-618:9-12
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|NoBook| 7:8Am 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 10:5-8Am 4:45:5-6|NoBook| 7:10
on the day I punish Israel for its crimes;
the horns of the altar #Lv 8:1516:18-191Kg 1:50-51|NoBook| 2:28Ps 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 22:392Ch 9:17Am 6:4 will be destroyed,
and the great houses #Am 2:5|NoBook| 6:11 will come to an end.
This is the Lord’s declaration.