Amos 3:1-8 New International Version

The Roar of the Lion

3 1  Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against you-against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt: 2  "You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your sins." 3  Do two walk together unless they have agreed to do so? 4  Does a lion roar in the thicket when it has no prey? Does it growl in its den when it has caught nothing? 5  Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground when no bait is there? Does a trap spring up from the ground if it has not caught anything? 6  When a trumpet sounds in a city, do not the people tremble? When disaster comes to a city, has not the Lord caused it? 7  Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets. 8  The lion has roared- who will not fear? The Sovereign Lord has spoken- who can but prophesy?

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