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`Amos
HaShem Judges Sin

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IV. Oracles against Israel (3:1-5:17)

A. Judgment on the Chosen People (ch. 3)

1. God’s punishment announced (3:1-2)

1Hear this word that ADONAI has spoken against you, children of Yisra'el, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying:

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

2. The announcement vindicated (3:3-8)

3Do two walk together,
Unless they have agreed?
4Will a lion roar in the thicket,
When he has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out of his den,
If he has caught nothing?
5Can a bird fall in a trap on the earth,
Where no snare is set for him?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
When there is nothing to catch?
6Does the shofar alarm sound in a city,
Without the people being afraid?
Does evil happen to a city,
And ADONAI hasn't done it?
7Surely Adonai ELOHIM will do nothing,
Unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets.
8The lion has roared.
Who will not fear?
The Adonai ELOHIM has spoken.
Who can but prophesy?

3. The punishment vindicated (3:9-15)

9Proclaim in the palaces at Ashdod,
And in the palaces in the land of Egypt,
And say, "Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Shomron,
And see what unrest is in her,
And what oppression is among them."
10"Indeed they don't know to do right," says ADONAI,
Who hoard plunder and loot in their palaces."

11Therefore thus says the Adonai ELOHIM:

An adversary will overrun the land;
And he will pull down your strongholds,
And your fortresses will be plundered."

12Thus says ADONAI:

"As the shepherd rescues out of the mouth of the lion two legs,
Or a piece of an ear,
So shall the children of Yisra'el be rescued who sit in
Shomron on the corner of a couch,
And on the silken cushions of a bed."
13"Listen, and testify against the house of Ya`akov,"
says the Adonai ELOHIM, ADONAI Tzva'ot.
14"For in the day that I visit the transgressions of Yisra'el on him,
I will also visit the altars of Beit-El;
And the horns of the altar will be cut off,
And fall to the ground.
15I will strike the winter house with the summer house;
And the houses of ivory will perish,
And the great houses will have an end,"
says ADONAI.

Originally posted on Wednesday, 01 July 2020.

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