Bible: Amos 1-3

Introduction

1:1 The following is a record of what Amos prophesied. 1  He 2  was one of the herdsmen from Tekoa. These prophecies about Israel were revealed to him 3  during the time of 4  King Uzziah of Judah and 5  King Jeroboam son of Joash of Israel, two years before the earthquake. 6 

God Will Judge the Surrounding Nations

1:2 Amos 7  said:

“The Lord comes roaring 8  out of Zion;

from Jerusalem 9  he comes bellowing! 10 

The shepherdspastures wilt; 11 

the summit of Carmel 12  withers.” 13 

1:3 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Damascus has committed three crimes 14 

make that four! 15  – I will not revoke my

decree of judgment. 16 

They ripped through Gilead like threshing sledges with iron teeth. 17 

1:4 So I will set Hazael’s house 18  on fire;

fire 19  will consume Ben Hadad’s 20  fortresses.

1:5 I will break the bar 21  on the gate of Damascus.

I will remove 22  the ruler 23  from Wicked Valley, 24 

the one who holds the royal scepter from Beth Eden. 25 

The people of Aram will be deported to Kir.” 26 

The Lord has spoken!

1:6 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Gaza 27  has committed three crimes 28 

make that four! 29  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 30 

They deported a whole community 31  and sold them 32  to Edom.

1:7 So I will set Gaza’s city wall 33  on fire;

fire 34  will consume her fortresses.

1:8 I will remove 35  the ruler 36  from Ashdod, 37 

the one who holds the royal scepter from Ashkelon. 38 

I will strike Ekron 39  with my hand; 40 

the rest of the Philistines will also die.” 41 

The sovereign Lord has spoken!

1:9 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Tyre has committed three crimes 42 

make that four! 43  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 44 

They sold 45  a whole community 46  to Edom;

they failed to observe 47  a treaty of brotherhood. 48 

1:10 So I will set fire to Tyre’s city wall; 49 

fire 50  will consume her fortresses.”

1:11 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Edom has committed three crimes 51 

make that four! 52  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 53 

He chased his brother 54  with a sword;

he wiped out his allies. 55 

In his anger he tore them apart without stopping to rest; 56 

in his fury he relentlessly attacked them. 57 

1:12 So I will set Teman 58  on fire;

fire 59  will consume Bozrah’s 60  fortresses.”

1:13 This is what the Lord says:

“Because the Ammonites have committed three crimes 61 

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

They ripped open Gilead’s pregnant women 64 

so they could expand their territory.

1:14 So I will set fire to Rabbah’s 65  city wall; 66 

fire 67  will consume her fortresses.

War cries will be heard on the day of battle; 68 

a strong gale will blow on the day of the windstorm. 69 

1:15 Ammon’s 70  king will be deported; 71 

he and his officials 72  will be carried off 73  together.”

The Lord has spoken!

2:1 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Moab has committed three crimes 74 

make that four! 75  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 76 

They burned the bones of Edom’s king into lime. 77 

2:2 So I will set Moab on fire, 78 

and it will consume Kerioth’s 79  fortresses.

Moab will perish 80  in the heat of battle 81 

amid war cries and the blaring 82  of the ram’s horn. 83 

2:3 I will remove 84  Moab’s leader; 85 

I will kill all Moab’s 86  officials 87  with him.”

The Lord has spoken!

2:4 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Judah has committed three covenant transgressions 88 

make that four! 89  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 90 

They rejected the Lord’s law; 91 

they did not obey his commands.

Their false gods, 92 

to which their fathers were loyal, 93 

led them astray.

2:5 So I will set Judah on fire,

and it will consume Jerusalem’s fortresses.” 94 

God Will Judge Israel

2:6 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Israel has committed three covenant transgressions 95 

make that four! 96  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 97 

They sold the innocent 98  for silver,

the needy for a pair of sandals. 99 

2:7 They trample 100  on the dirt-covered heads of the poor; 101 

they push the destitute away. 102 

A man and his father go to the same girl; 103 

in this way they show disrespect 104  for my moral purity. 105 

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

they do so right 106  beside every altar!

They drink wine bought with the fines they have levied;

they do so right in the temple 107  of their God! 108 

2:9 For Israel’s sake I destroyed the Amorites. 109 

They were as tall as cedars 110 

and as strong as oaks,

but I destroyed the fruit on their branches 111 

and their roots in the ground. 112 

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. 113 

Is this not true, you Israelites?”

The Lord is speaking!

2:12But you made the Nazirites drink wine; 114 

you commanded the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy!’

2:13 Look! I will press you down,

like a cart loaded down with grain presses down. 115 

2:14 Fast runners will find no place to hide; 116 

strong men will have no strength left; 117 

warriors will not be able to save their lives.

2:15 Archers 118  will not hold their ground; 119 

fast runners will not save their lives,

nor will those who ride horses. 120 

2:16 Bravehearted 121  warriors will run away naked in that day.”

The Lord is speaking!

Every Effect has its Cause

3:1 Listen, you Israelites, to this message which the Lord is proclaiming against 122  you! This message is for the entire clan I brought up 123  from the land of Egypt: 3:2 I have chosen 124  you alone from all the clans of the earth. Therefore I will punish you for all your sins.”

3:3 Do two walk together without having met? 125 

3:4 Does a lion roar in the woods if he has not cornered his prey? 126 

Does a young lion bellow from his den if he has not caught something?

3:5 Does a bird swoop down into a trap on the ground if there is no bait?

Does a trap spring up from the ground unless it has surely caught something?

3:6 If an alarm sounds 127  in a city, do people not fear? 128 

If disaster overtakes a 129  city, is the Lord not responsible? 130 

3:7 Certainly the sovereign Lord does nothing without first revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.

3:8 A lion has roared! 131  Who is not afraid?

The sovereign Lord has spoken! Who can refuse to prophesy? 132 

Samaria Will Fall

3:9 Make this announcement in 133  the fortresses of Ashdod

and in the fortresses in the land of Egypt.

Say this:

“Gather on the hills around Samaria! 134 

Observe the many acts of violence 135  taking place within the city, 136 

the oppressive deeds 137  occurring in it.” 138 

3:10They do not know how to do what is right.” (The Lord is speaking.)

“They store up 139  the spoils of destructive violence 140  in their fortresses.

3:11 Therefore,” says the sovereign Lord, “an enemy will encircle the land. 141 

He will take away your power; 142 

your fortresses will be looted.”

3:12 This is what the Lord says:

“Just as a shepherd salvages from the lion’s mouth a couple of leg bones or a piece of an ear,

so the Israelites who live in Samaria will be salvaged. 143 

They will be left with just a corner of a bed, 144 

and a part 145  of a couch.”

3:13 Listen and warn 146  the family 147  of Jacob! 148 

The sovereign Lord, the God who commands armies, 149  is speaking!

3:14Certainly when 150  I punish Israel for their 151  covenant transgressions, 152 

I will destroy 153  Bethel’s 154  altars.

The horns 155  of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.

3:15 I will destroy both the winter and summer houses. 156 

The houses filled with ivory 157  will be ruined,

the great 158  houses will be swept away.” 159 

The Lord is speaking!

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