NASB — Amos 3 — KJV

All the Tribes Are Guilty

1 Hear this word which the LORD has spoken against you, sons of Israel, against the entire Iafamily which IIHe brought up from the land of Egypt:
  2aYou only have I Ichosen among all the families of the earth;
  Therefore I will IIbpunish you for all your iniquities.”
  3 Do two men walk together unless they have made an Iappointment?
  4 Does a alion roar in the forest when he has no prey?
  Does a young lion Igrowl from his den unless he has captured [something]?
  5 Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground when there is no Ibait in it?
  Does a trap spring up from the earth when it captures nothing at all?
  6 If a atrumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble?
  If a bcalamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it?
  7 ISurely the Lord IIGOD does nothing
  Unless He areveals His secret counsel
  To His servants the prophets.
  8 A alion has roared! Who will not fear?
  The bLord IGOD has spoken! cWho can but prophesy?

[1] II.e. nation IILit I aJr 8:3; 13:11
[2] ILit known IILit visit aGn 18:19; Ex 19:5, 6; Dt 4:32-37; 7:6 bJr 14:10; Ezk 20:36; Dn 9:12; Ro 2:9
[3] IOr agreement
[4] ILit give his voice aPs 104:21; Ho 5:14; 11:10
[5] IOr striker-bar set
[6] aJr 4:5, 19, 21; 6:1; Ho 5:8; Zp 1:16 bIs 14:24-27; 45:7
[7] IOr For IIHeb YHWH aGn 6:13; 18:17; Jr 23:22; Dn 9:22; Jn 15:15
[8] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch aAm 1:2 bJna 1:1-3; 3:1-3 cJr 20:9; Ac 4:20

9 ¶ Proclaim on the citadels in aAshdod and on the citadels in the land of Egypt and say, “Assemble yourselves on the bmountains of Samaria and see [the] great tumults within her and [the] coppressions in her midst. 10 But they ado not know how to do what is right,” declares the LORD, “these who bhoard up Iviolence and devastation in their citadels.”

[9] a1S 5:1 bAm 4:1; 6:1 cAm 5:11; 8:6
[10] II.e. the booty from violence aPs 14:4; Jr 4:22; Am 5:7; 6:12 bHab 2:8-10; Zp 1:9; Zc 5:3, 4

11 ¶ Therefore, thus says the Lord GOD,
  “An aenemy, even one surrounding the land,
  Will pull down your Istrength from you
  And your bcitadels will be looted.”
12 Thus says the LORD,
  “Just as the shepherd Iasnatches from the lion’s mouth a couple of legs or a piece of an ear,
  So will the sons of Israel dwelling in Samaria be IIsnatched away
  With [the] bcorner of a bed and [the] IIIccover of a couch!
  13 “Hear and atestify against the house of Jacob,”
  Declares the Lord GOD, the God of hosts.
  14 “For on the day that I punish Israel’s transgressions,
  I will also punish the altars of aBethel;
  The horns of the altar will be cut off
  And they will fall to the ground.
  15 “I will also smite the Iawinter house together with the bsummer house;
  The houses of IIcivory will also perish
  And the dgreat houses will come to an end,”
  Declares the LORD.

[11] IOr stronghold aAm 6:14 bAm 2:5
[12] IOr delivers IIOr delivered IIILit damask a1S 17:34-37 bPs 132:3 cEs 1:6; 7:8; Am 6:4
[13] aEzk 2:7
[14] a2K 23:15; Ho 10:5-8, 14, 15; Am 4:4; 5:5, 6; 7:10, 13
[15] IOr autumn III.e. ivory inlay aJr 36:22 bJg 3:20 c1K 22:39; Ps 45:8 dAm 2:5; 6:11


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The necessity of God's judgment against Israel.

1 ¶ Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, 2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. 3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed? 4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? 5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin [is] for him? shall [one] take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all? 6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done [it]? 7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets. 8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

[1] 2Ch 20:15; Is 46:3; 48:12; Jr 8:3; 31:1; 33:24; Ezk 37:16; Ho 4:1; 5:1; Am 2:10; Mi 3:1; Rv 2:29.
[2] Gn 10:32; Ex 19:5; Dt 7:6; 10:15; 26:18; 32:9; Ps 147:19; Is 63:19; Jr 1:15; 9:25; 10:25; 11:22; 13:21; Ezk 9:6; 20:36; Dn 9:12; Ho 2:13; 8:13; 9:9; Na 3:4; Zc 14:17; Mt 11:20; Lk 12:47; Ac 17:26; Ro 2:9; 1P 4:17.
[3] Gn 5:22; 6:9; 17:1; 2Co 6:14.
[4] Ps 104:21; Ho 11:10; Am 1:2; 3:8.
[5] Ec 9:12; Jr 31:28; Dn 9:14.
[6] Gn 50:20; Is 14:24; 45:7; Jr 4:5; 5:22; 6:1; 10:7; Ezk 33:3; Ho 5:8; Zp 1:16; Ac 2:23; 4:28; 2Co 5:11.
[7] Gn 6:13; 18:17; 1K 22:19; 2K 3:17; 6:12; 22:13, 20; Ps 25:14; Dn 9:22; 10:21; 11:2; Jn 15:15; Rv 1:1, 19; 4:1; 6:1.
[8] Jb 32:18; Jr 20:9; Am 1:2; 2:12; 3:4; 7:12; Ac 4:20; 5:20, 29; 1Co 9:16; Rv 5:5.

The publication of it, with the causes thereof.

9 ¶ Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof. 10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces. 11 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary [there shall be] even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled. 12 Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus [in] a couch. 13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts, 14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground. 15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.

[9] Dt 29:24; 1S 5:1; 2S 1:20; Jr 2:10; 22:8; 31:5, 7; 46:14; 50:2; Ezk 36:8; 37:22; Am 1:8; 4:1; 6:1; 8:6.
[10] Ps 14:4; Jr 4:22; 5:4; Hab 2:8; Zp 1:9; Zc 5:3; Jm 5:3; 2P 3:5.
[11] 2K 15:19, 29; 17:3; 18:9; 2Ch 36:19; Is 7:17; 8:7; 10:5, 9; Ho 11:5; Am 2:5; 3:10, 15; 6:8, 14.
[12] 1S 17:34; 1K 20:30, 34; 22:25; 2K 16:9; Is 8:4; 17:1; 31:4; Am 9:2; Ro 11:4.
[13] Dt 8:19; 30:18; Jsh 22:22; 2K 17:13, 15; 2Ch 24:19; Is 1:24; Am 5:27; Ac 2:40; 18:5; 20:21; Ep 4:17; 1Th 4:6.
[14] Ex 32:34; 1K 13:2; 2K 23:15; 2Ch 31:1; 34:6; Ho 10:5, 14; Am 9:1; Mi 1:6.
[15] Jg 3:20; 1K 22:39; Is 5:9; Jr 36:22; Am 3:11; 6:11.


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