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Amos 2

1This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Moab,

even for four, I will not relent.

Because he burned to ashes

the bones of Edom’s king,

2I will send fire on Moab

that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth.a

Moab will go down in great tumult

amid war cries and the blast of the trumpet.

3I will destroy her ruler

and kill all her officials with him,”

says the Lord.

4This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Judah,

even for four, I will not relent.

Because they have rejected the law of the Lord

and have not kept his decrees,

because they have been led astray by false gods,b

the godsc their ancestors followed,

5I will send fire on Judah

that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem.”

Judgment on Israel

6This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Israel,

even for four, I will not relent.

They sell the innocent for silver,

and the needy for a pair of sandals.

7They trample on the heads of the poor

as on the dust of the ground

and deny justice to the oppressed.

Father and son use the same girl

and so profane my holy name.

8They lie down beside every altar

on garments taken in pledge.

In the house of their god

they drink wine taken as fines.

9“Yet I destroyed the Amorites before them,

though they were tall as the cedars

and strong as the oaks.

I destroyed their fruit above

and their roots below.

10I brought you up out of Egypt

and led you forty years in the wilderness

to give you the land of the Amorites.

11“I also raised up prophets from among your children

and Nazirites from among your youths.

Is this not true, people of Israel?”

declares the Lord.

12“But you made the Nazirites drink wine

and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.

13“Now then, I will crush you

as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.

14The swift will not escape,

the strong will not muster their strength,

and the warrior will not save his life.

15The archer will not stand his ground,

the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,

and the horseman will not save his life.

16Even the bravest warriors

will flee naked on that day,”

declares the Lord.


Footnotes:
a 2 Or of her cities
b 4 Or by lies
c 4 Or lies


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