I have been intimate with you alone.
That is why I must punish you
for all your sins.”
3 Can two people walk together
without agreeing on the direction?
without first finding a victim?
Does a young lion growl in its den
without first catching its prey?
that has no bait?
Does a trap spring shut
when there’s nothing to catch?
shouldn’t the people be alarmed?
Does disaster come to a city
unless the Lord has planned it?
until he reveals his plans to his servants the prophets.
so who isn’t frightened?
The Sovereign Lord has spoken—
so who can refuse to proclaim his message?
9 Announce this to the leaders of Philistia*
and to the great ones of Egypt:
“Take your seats now on the hills around Samaria,
and witness the chaos and oppression in Israel.”
says the Lord.
“Their fortresses are filled with wealth
taken by theft and violence.
“an enemy is coming!
He will surround them and shatter their defenses.
Then he will plunder all their fortresses.”
“A shepherd who tries to rescue a sheep from a lion’s mouth
will recover only two legs or a piece of an ear.
So it will be for the Israelites in Samaria lying on luxurious beds,
and for the people of Damascus reclining on couches.*
13 “Now listen to this, and announce it throughout all Israel,* ” says the Lord, the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
I will destroy the pagan altars at Bethel.
The horns of the altar will be cut off
and fall to the ground.
their winter mansions and their summer houses, too—
all their palaces filled with ivory,”
says the Lord.
3:9 Hebrew Ashdod.
3:12 The meaning of the Hebrew in this sentence is uncertain.
3:13 Hebrew the house of Jacob. The names “Jacob” and “Israel” are often interchanged throughout the Old Testament, referring sometimes to the individual patriarch and sometimes to the nation.