1 The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoaa—the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake,b when Uzziahc was king of Judah and Jeroboamd son of Jehoasha was king of Israel.e
“The Lord roarsf from Zion
the pastures of the shepherds dry up,
3 This is what the Lord says:
“For three sins of Damascus,k
even for four, I will not relent.l
Because she threshed Gilead
with sledges having iron teeth,
5 I will break down the gateq of Damascus;
and the one who holds the scepter in Beth Eden.r
The people of Aram will go into exile to Kir,s”
says the Lord.t
“For three sins of Gaza,u
even for four, I will not relent.v
Because she took captive whole communities
and sold them to Edom,w
that will consume her fortresses.
and the one who holds the scepter in Ashkelon.
I will turn my handy against Ekron,
says the Sovereign Lord.b
“For three sins of Tyre,c
even for four, I will not relent.d
Because she sold whole communities of captives to Edom,
disregarding a treaty of brotherhood,e
that will consume her fortresses.f”
“For three sins of Edom,g
even for four, I will not relent.
Because he pursued his brother with a swordh
and slaughtered the women of the land,
because his anger raged continually
and his fury flamed unchecked,i
12 I will send fire on Temanj
that will consume the fortresses of Bozrah.k”
“For three sins of Ammon,l
even for four, I will not relent.
Because he ripped open the pregnant womenm of Gilead
in order to extend his borders,
14 I will set fire to the walls of Rabbahn
that will consumeo her fortresses
amid war criesp on the day of battle,
amid violent windsq on a stormy day.
15 Her kinge will go into exile,
he and his officials together,r”
says the Lord.s
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