3 jHear 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:
2 k“You only have I known
of all the families of the earth;
ltherefore I will punish you
for all your iniquities.
unless they have agreed to meet?
when he has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from his den,
if he has taken nothing?
when there is no trap for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when it has taken nothing?
6 mIs a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people are not afraid?
nDoes disaster come to a city,
unless the Lord has done it?
owithout revealing his secret
to his servants the prophets.
who will not fear?
pThe Lord God has spoken;
who can but prophesy?”
9 Proclaim to the strongholds in qAshdod
and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
and say, “Assemble yourselves on rthe mountains of Samaria,
and see the great tumults within her,
and sthe oppressed in her midst.”
t“those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.”
u“An adversary shall surround the land
and bring down1 your defenses from you,
and vyour strongholds shall be plundered.”
12 Thus says the Lord: w“As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, xso shall the people of Israel ywho dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part2 of a bed.
13 “Hear, zand testify against the house of Jacob,”
declares the Lord God, athe God of hosts,
bI will punish the altars of Bethel,
and cthe horns of the altar shall be cut off
and fall to the ground.
and gthe houses of ivory shall perish,
and the great houses3 shall come to an end,”
declares the Lord.
Hebrew An adversary, one who surrounds the land—he shall bring down
The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain
Or and many houses