Bible: Amos 2:6-16

God Will Judge Israel

2:6 This is what the Lord says:

“Because Israel has committed three covenant transgressions 1 

make that four! 2  – I will not revoke my decree of judgment. 3 

They sold the innocent 4  for silver,

the needy for a pair of sandals. 5 

2:7 They trample 6  on the dirt-covered heads of the poor; 7 

they push the destitute away. 8 

A man and his father go to the same girl; 9 

in this way they show disrespect 10  for my moral purity. 11 

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

they do so right 12  beside every altar!

They drink wine bought with the fines they have levied;

they do so right in the temple 13  of their God! 14 

2:9 For Israel’s sake I destroyed the Amorites. 15 

They were as tall as cedars 16 

and as strong as oaks,

but I destroyed the fruit on their branches 17 

and their roots in the ground. 18 

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. 19 

Is this not true, you Israelites?”

The Lord is speaking!

2:12But you made the Nazirites drink wine; 20 

you commanded the prophets, ‘Do not prophesy!’

2:13 Look! I will press you down,

like a cart loaded down with grain presses down. 21 

2:14 Fast runners will find no place to hide; 22 

strong men will have no strength left; 23 

warriors will not be able to save their lives.

2:15 Archers 24  will not hold their ground; 25 

fast runners will not save their lives,

nor will those who ride horses. 26 

2:16 Bravehearted 27  warriors will run away naked in that day.”

The Lord is speaking!

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