Amos 1 New International Version

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The Judgments on Israel's Neighbors

1 The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa-the vision 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, and the top of Carmel withers."

3  This is what the Lord says: "For three sins of Damascus, even for four, I will not relent. Because she threshed Gilead with sledges having iron teeth, 4  I will send fire on 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[2] 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 relent. Because she took captive whole communities and sold them to Edom, 7  I will send fire on the walls of Gaza that will consume her fortresses. 8  I will destroy the king[4] of Ashdod and the one who holds the scepter in Ashkelon. I will turn my hand against Ekron, till the last of the Philistines are dead," says the Sovereign Lord. 9  This is what the Lord says: "For three sins of Tyre, even for four, I will not relent. Because she sold whole communities of captives to Edom, disregarding a treaty of brotherhood, 10  I will send fire on 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 relent. Because he pursued his brother with a sword and slaughtered the women of the land, because his anger raged continually and his fury flamed unchecked, 12  I will send fire on 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 relent. 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[5] will go into exile, he and his officials together," says the Lord.

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Footnotes

[1] 1:1 Hebrew "Joash," a variant of "Jehoash"

[2] 1:5 Or "the inhabitants of"

[3] 1:5 "Aven" means "wickedness" .

[4] 1:8 Or "inhabitants"

[5] 1:15 Or "/ Molek"

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