Bible: Amos 1-3
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 shepherds’ pastures wilt; 11
1:3 This is what the
“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;
1:5 I will break the bar 21 on the gate of Damascus.
the one who holds the royal scepter from Beth Eden. 25
The people of Aram will be deported to Kir.” 26
1:6 This is what the
1:7 So I will set Gaza’s city wall 33 on fire;
fire 34 will consume her fortresses.
the one who holds the royal scepter from Ashkelon. 38
the rest of the Philistines will also die.” 41
1:9 This is what the
“Because Tyre has committed three crimes 42 –
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
“Because Edom has committed three crimes 51 –
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;
1:13 This is what the
“Because the Ammonites have committed three crimes 61 –
They ripped open Gilead’s pregnant women 64
so they could expand their territory.
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
2:1 This is what the
“Because Moab has committed three crimes 74 –
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.
2:4 This is what the
“Because Judah has committed three covenant transgressions 88 –
They rejected the
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
“Because Israel has committed three covenant transgressions 95 –
They sold the innocent 98 for silver,
the needy for a pair of sandals. 99
they push the destitute away. 102
A man and his father go to the same girl; 103
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;
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 Amorites’ land 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?”
2:12 “But 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.
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.”
Every Effect has its Cause
3:1 Listen, you Israelites, to this message which the
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?
3:7 Certainly the sovereign
3:8 A lion has roared! 131 Who is not afraid?
Samaria Will Fall
3:9 Make this announcement in 133 the fortresses of Ashdod
and in the fortresses in the land of Egypt.
“Gather on the hills around Samaria! 134
3:10 “They do not know how to do what is right.” (The
3:11 Therefore,” says the sovereign
He will take away your power; 142
your fortresses will be looted.”
3:12 This is what the
“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.”
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,