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Amos Chapter 1 - New International Version

1. The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa--what he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash [1] was king of Israel.

2. He said: "The LORD roars from Zion and thunders from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds dry up, [2] and the top of Carmel withers."

3. This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Damascus, even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because she threshed Gilead with sledges having iron teeth,

4. I will send fire upon the house of Hazael that will consume the fortresses of Ben-Hadad.

5. I will break down the gate of Damascus; I will destroy the king who is in [4] the Valley of Aven [3] and the one who holds the scepter in Beth Eden. The people of Aram will go into exile to Kir," says the LORD.

6. This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Gaza, even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because she took captive whole communities and sold them to Edom,

7. I will send fire upon the walls of Gaza that will consume her fortresses.

8. I will destroy the king [5] of Ashdod and the one who holds the scepter in Ashkelon. I will turn my hand against Ekron, till the last of the Philistines is dead," says the Sovereign LORD.

9. This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Tyre, even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because she sold whole communities of captives to Edom, disregarding a treaty of brotherhood,

10. I will send fire upon the walls of Tyre that will consume her fortresses."

11. This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Edom, even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because he pursued his brother with a sword, stifling all compassion, [6] because his anger raged continually and his fury flamed unchecked,

12. I will send fire upon Teman that will consume the fortresses of Bozrah."

13. This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Ammon, even for four, I will not turn back [my wrath]. Because he ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead in order to extend his borders,

14. I will set fire to the walls of Rabbah that will consume her fortresses amid war cries on the day of battle, amid violent winds on a stormy day.

15. Her king [7] will go into exile, he and his officials together," says the LORD.

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Footnotes
  • 1: Hebrew Joash, a variant of Jehoash
  • 2: Or shepherds mourn
  • 3: Or the inhabitants of
  • 4: Aven means wickedness.
  • 5: Or inhabitants
  • 6: Or sword and destroyed his allies
  • 7: Or Molech; Hebrew malcam

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