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3 Listen to this message that the Lord has spoken against you, Israelites, against the entire clan that I brought from the land of Egypt:ak
2 I have known only youal
out of all the clans of the earth;
therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities.am
3 Can two walk togetheran
without agreeing to meet?
4 Does a lion roarao in the forest
when it has no prey?
Does a young lion growl from its lair
unless it has captured something?
Does a trap spring from the ground
when it has caught nothing?
6 If a ram’s horna is blown in a city,
aren’t people afraid?b
If a disasterc occurs in a city,
hasn’t the Lord done it?d
without revealing his counsel
to his servants the prophets.e
8 A lion has roared;f
who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken;g
who will not prophesy?h
9 Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdodi
and on the citadels in the land of Egypt:
Assemble on the mountains of Samaria,j
and see the great turmoil in the city
and the acts of oppression within it.k
10 The people are incapable of doing rightl—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
those who store up violence and destructionm
in their citadels.
An enemyn will surround the land;
he will destroyo your strongholds
and plunder your citadels.p
As the shepherd snatches two legs
or a piece of an ear
from the lion’s mouth,q
so the Israelites who live in Samaria
will be rescued
with only the corner of a bedr
13 Listen and testifyt against the house of Jacob—
this is the declaration of the Lord God,
the God of Armies.
14 I will punish the altars of Bethelu
on the day I punish Israel for its crimes;
the horns of the altarv will be cut off
and fall to the ground.w
15 I will demolish the winter housex
and the summer house;y
the houses inlaid with ivoryz will be destroyed,
and the great housesaa will come to an end.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
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