Bible: Amos 1:3-2:16

1:3 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Damascus has committed three crimes 1 

make that four! 2  – I will not revoke my

decree of judgment. 3 

They ripped through Gilead like threshing sledges with iron teeth. 4 

1:4 So I will set Hazael’s house 5  on fire;

fire 6  will consume Ben Hadad’s 7  fortresses.

1:5 I will break the bar 8  on the gate of Damascus.

I will remove 9  the ruler 10  from Wicked Valley, 11 

the one who holds the royal scepter from Beth Eden. 12 

The people of Aram will be deported to Kir.” 13 

The Lord has spoken!

1:6 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Gaza 14  has committed three crimes 15 

make that four! 16  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 17 

They deported a whole community 18  and sold them 19  to Edom.

1:7 So I will set Gaza’s city wall 20  on fire;

fire 21  will consume her fortresses.

1:8 I will remove 22  the ruler 23  from Ashdod, 24 

the one who holds the royal scepter from Ashkelon. 25 

I will strike Ekron 26  with my hand; 27 

the rest of the Philistines will also die.” 28 

The sovereign Lord has spoken!

1:9 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Tyre has committed three crimes 29 

make that four! 30  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 31 

They sold 32  a whole community 33  to Edom;

they failed to observe 34  a treaty of brotherhood. 35 

1:10 So I will set fire to Tyre’s city wall; 36 

fire 37  will consume her fortresses.”

1:11 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Edom has committed three crimes 38 

make that four! 39  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 40 

He chased his brother 41  with a sword;

he wiped out his allies. 42 

In his anger he tore them apart without stopping to rest; 43 

in his fury he relentlessly attacked them. 44 

1:12 So I will set Teman 45  on fire;

fire 46  will consume Bozrah’s 47  fortresses.”

1:13 This is what the Lord says:

“Because the Ammonites have committed three crimes 48 

make that four! 49  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 50 

They ripped open Gilead’s pregnant women 51 

so they could expand their territory.

1:14 So I will set fire to Rabbah’s 52  city wall; 53 

fire 54  will consume her fortresses.

War cries will be heard on the day of battle; 55 

a strong gale will blow on the day of the windstorm. 56 

1:15 Ammon’s 57  king will be deported; 58 

he and his officials 59  will be carried off 60  together.”

The Lord has spoken!

2:1 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Moab has committed three crimes 61 

make that four! 62  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 63 

They burned the bones of Edom’s king into lime. 64 

2:2 So I will set Moab on fire, 65 

and it will consume Kerioth’s 66  fortresses.

Moab will perish 67  in the heat of battle 68 

amid war cries and the blaring 69  of the ram’s horn. 70 

2:3 I will remove 71  Moab’s leader; 72 

I will kill all Moab’s 73  officials 74  with him.”

The Lord has spoken!

2:4 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Judah has committed three covenant transgressions 75 

make that four! 76  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 77 

They rejected the Lord’s law; 78 

they did not obey his commands.

Their false gods, 79 

to which their fathers were loyal, 80 

led them astray.

2:5 So I will set Judah on fire,

and it will consume Jerusalem’s fortresses.” 81 

God Will Judge Israel

2:6 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Israel has committed three covenant transgressions 82 

make that four! 83  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 84 

They sold the innocent 85  for silver,

the needy for a pair of sandals. 86 

2:7 They trample 87  on the dirt-covered heads of the poor; 88 

they push the destitute away. 89 

A man and his father go to the same girl; 90 

in this way they show disrespect 91  for my moral purity. 92 

2:8 They stretch out on clothing seized as collateral;

they do so right 93  beside every altar!

They drink wine bought with the fines they have levied;

they do so right in the temple 94  of their God! 95 

2:9 For Israel’s sake I destroyed the Amorites. 96 

They were as tall as cedars 97 

and as strong as oaks,

but I destroyed the fruit on their branches 98 

and their roots in the ground. 99 

2:10 I brought you up from the land of Egypt;

I led you through the wilderness for forty years

so you could take the Amoritesland as your own.

2:11 I made some of your sons prophets

and some of your young men Nazirites. 100 

Is this not true, you Israelites?”

The Lord is speaking!

2:12But you made the Nazirites drink wine; 101 

you commanded the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy!’

2:13 Look! I will press you down,

like a cart loaded down with grain presses down. 102 

2:14 Fast runners will find no place to hide; 103 

strong men will have no strength left; 104 

warriors will not be able to save their lives.

2:15 Archers 105  will not hold their ground; 106 

fast runners will not save their lives,

nor will those who ride horses. 107 

2:16 Bravehearted 108  warriors will run away naked in that day.”

The Lord is speaking!

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