Amós 3

1 Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the LORD has spoken against you —against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:

2 "You only have I chosen ¶ of all the families of the earth; ¶ therefore I will punish you ¶ for all your sins."

3 Do two walk together ¶ unless they have agreed to do so?

4 Does a lion roar in the thicket when it has no prey? ¶ Does it growl in its den ¶ when it has caught nothing?

5 Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there? ¶ Does a trap spring up from the ground ¶ if it has not caught anything?

6 When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? ¶ When disaster comes to a city, ¶ has not the LORD caused it?

7 Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing ¶ without revealing his plan ¶ to his servants the prophets.

8 The lion has roared — ¶ who will not fear? ¶ The Sovereign LORD has spoken — ¶ who can but prophesy?

9 Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod ¶ and to the fortresses of Egypt: ¶ "Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria; ¶ see the great unrest within her ¶ and the oppression among her people."

10 "They do not know how to do right," declares the LORD, ¶ "who store up in their fortresses ¶ what they have plundered and looted."

11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: ¶ "An enemy will overrun your land, ¶ pull down your strongholds ¶ and plunder your fortresses."

12 This is what the LORD says: ¶ "As a shepherd rescues from the lion's mouth ¶ only two leg bones or a piece of an ear, ¶ so will the Israelites living in Samaria be rescued, ¶ with only the head of a bed ¶ and a piece of fabric [^1] from a couch. [^2] "

13 "Hear this and testify against the descendants of Jacob," declares the Lord, the LORD God Almighty.

14 "On the day I punish Israel for her sins, ¶ I will destroy the altars of Bethel; ¶ the horns of the altar will be cut off ¶ and fall to the ground.

15 I will tear down the winter house along with the summer house; ¶ the houses adorned with ivory will be destroyed ¶ and the mansions will be demolished," ¶ declares the LORD.