1Listen to the LORD’s message, you women who live on the hill of Samaria. You treat poor people badly. You crush those who are in need. You say to your husbands, ‘Bring us some drinks!’ But you are already as fat as the cows in Bashan.2The LORD and King has made a promise by his own holy name. He says, ‘You can be sure that the time will come when your enemies will put hooks in your faces. They will lead every one of you away with fishhooks.3Each of you will go straight out through gaps made in the wall. You will be thrown out towards Harmon,’ announces the LORD.4‘People of Samaria, go to Bethel and sin! Go to Gilgal! Sin there even more! Bring your sacrifices every morning. Every third year, bring a tenth of everything you produce.5Bake some bread with yeast. Burn it as a thank-offering. Boast about the offerings you freely give. This is what you Israelites love to do,’ announces the LORD and King.6‘I made sure your stomachs were empty in every city. You did not have enough bread in any of your towns. In spite of that, you still have not returned to me,’ announces the LORD.7‘I also held back rain from you. The time to harvest crops was still three months away. I sent rain on one town. But I held it back from another. One field had rain. But another had no rain and dried up.8People wandered from town to town to look for water. But they did not get enough to drink. In spite of that, you still have not returned to me,’ announces the LORD.9‘Many times I kept your gardens and vineyards from growing. I sent hot winds to dry them up completely. Locusts ate up your fig and olive trees. In spite of that, you still have not returned to me,’ announces the LORD.10‘I sent plagues on you, just as I did on Egypt. I killed your young men by swords. I also let the horses you had captured be killed. I filled your noses with the stink of your camps. In spite of that, you still have not returned to me,’ announces the LORD.11‘I destroyed some of you, just as I did Sodom and Gomorrah. You were like a burning stick that was pulled out of the fire. In spite of that, you still have not returned to me,’ announces the LORD.12‘So, people of Israel, I will judge you. Because I will do that to you, Israel, prepare to meet your God!’13The LORD forms the mountains. He creates the wind. He makes his thoughts known to human beings. He turns sunrise into darkness. He rules over even the highest places on earth. His name is the LORD God Who Rules Over All.
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1“Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may drink!’ (Ps 22:12; Ho 5:11; Am 3:9; Am 6:1)2The Lord God has sworn by his holiness that, behold, the days are coming upon you, when they shall take you away with hooks, even the last of you with fishhooks. (2Ki 19:28; Ps 89:35; Jer 16:16; Hab 1:15)3And you shall go out through the breaches, each one straight ahead; and you shall be cast out into Harmon,” declares the Lord. (Eze 12:5; Eze 12:12)4“Come to Bethel, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days; (Nu 28:3; Jer 7:21; Eze 20:39; Ho 4:15; Ho 9:15; Ho 12:11; Am 5:5; Mt 23:32)5offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them; for so you love to do, O people of Israel!” declares the Lord God. (Ex 35:29; Le 7:13; Le 22:18; Le 22:21; De 12:6; Ps 81:11)
Israel Has Not Returned to the Lord
6“I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in all your places, yet you did not return to me,” declares the Lord. (De 28:57; Jer 15:7; La 2:12; Hag 2:17)7“I also withheld the rain from you when there were yet three months to the harvest; I would send rain on one city, and send no rain on another city; one field would have rain, and the field on which it did not rain would wither; (Ex 9:26; Jer 3:3; Joe 2:23)8so two or three cities would wander to another city to drink water, and would not be satisfied; yet you did not return to me,” declares the Lord. (Am 4:6; Am 8:12)9“I struck you with blight and mildew; your many gardens and your vineyards, your fig trees and your olive trees the locust devoured; yet you did not return to me,” declares the Lord. (De 28:22; Joe 1:4; Am 4:6; Hag 2:17)10“I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt; I killed your young men with the sword, and carried away your horses, and I made the stench of your camp go up into your nostrils; yet you did not return to me,” declares the Lord. (Ex 12:29; De 28:27; De 28:60; 2Ki 13:7; Ps 78:50; Isa 10:24; Isa 10:26; Joe 2:20; Am 4:6)11“I overthrew some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning; yet you did not return to me,” declares the Lord. (Isa 13:19; Am 4:6; Zec 3:2; Jud 1:23)12“Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!”13For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord, the God of hosts, is his name! (Ps 102:25; Ps 139:2; Isa 58:14; Jer 10:16; Am 3:13; Am 5:8; Am 8:9; Am 9:6; Mic 1:3)