1People of Israel, listen to the Lord's message. It is against you. It is against the whole family he brought up out of Egypt. He says,2“Out of all of the families on earth I have chosen only you. So I will punish you because you have committed so many sins.”3Do two people walk together unless they've agreed to do so?4Does a lion roar in the bushes when it doesn't have any food? Does it growl in its den when it hasn't caught anything?5Does a bird fall into a trap on the ground where no one has set a trap for it? Does a net spring up from the earth when there isn't anything for it to catch?6When someone blows a trumpet in a city, don't the people tremble with fear? When trouble comes to a city, hasn't the Lord caused it?7The Lord and King never does anything without telling his servants the prophets about it.8A lion has roared. Who isn't afraid? The Lord and King has spoken. Who can do anything but prophesy?9Speak to the people in the forts of Ashdod and Egypt. Tell them, “Gather together on the mountains of Samaria. Look at the great trouble in that city. Its people are committing many crimes.”10“They do not know how to do what is right,” announces the Lord. “They pile up stolen goods in their forts.”11So the Lord and King says, “Enemies will take over your land. They will pull down your places of safety. They will rob your forts.”12The Lord says, “Suppose a shepherd saves only two leg bones from a lion's mouth. Or he might save only a piece of an ear. That is how the Israelites will be saved. They sit in Samaria on the edge of their beds. They lie down in Damascus on their couches.”13“Listen to me,” announces the Lord. “Witness against the people of Jacob,” says the Lord God who rules over all.14“I will punish Israel for their sins. When I do, I will destroy their altars at Bethel. The horns that stick out from the upper corners of their main altar will be cut off. They will fall to the ground.15I will tear their winter houses down. I will also pull down their summer houses. The houses they have decorated with ivory will be destroyed. And their princely houses will be torn down,” announces the Lord.
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Israel’s Guilt and Punishment
1Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt: (Am 2:10; Am 7:16)2“You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities. (De 7:6; De 10:15; Ps 147:19; Ho 5:3; Ho 13:5; Mic 2:3; Mt 10:15; Mt 11:21; Lu 10:13; Lu 12:47; Ro 2:9)3“Do two walk together, unless they have agreed to meet?4Does a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from his den, if he has taken nothing?5Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth, when there is no trap for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground, when it has taken nothing?6Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the people are not afraid? Does disaster come to a city, unless the Lord has done it? (Isa 45:7; La 3:38; Eze 33:4; Joe 2:1; Mic 1:12)7“For the Lord God does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. (Ge 18:17; Jer 15:1)8The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who can but prophesy?” (Nu 22:38)9Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt, and say, “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria, and see the great tumults within her, and the oppressed in her midst.” (1Ki 16:24; 1Ki 21:1; Ps 94:5; Ps 103:6; Am 1:8; Am 4:1; Am 6:1)10“They do not know how to do right,” declares the Lord, “those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.” (Isa 3:14; Am 6:3; Mic 6:10)11Therefore thus says the Lord God: “An adversary shall surround the land and bring down your defenses from you, and your strongholds shall be plundered.” (2Ki 17:5; 2Ki 18:9; Isa 39:6)12Thus says the Lord: “As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part of a bed. (Ex 22:13; Jer 31:8; Am 6:4)13“Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob,” declares the Lord God, the God of hosts, (Ps 50:7; Ps 80:4; Ps 80:7; Ps 80:14; Ps 81:8; Am 4:13)14“that on the day I punish Israel for his transgressions, I will punish the altars of Bethel, and the horns of the altar shall be cut off and fall to the ground. (1Ki 13:1; 2Ki 23:15; Ho 10:15)15I will strike the winter house along with the summer house, and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall come to an end,” declares the Lord. (Jud 3:20; 1Ki 22:39; Ps 45:8; Jer 36:22; Am 6:11)