Amos 3

1 Hear this word that יהוה hath spoken against you, O children of Yisrael, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt (Mitsrayim), saying:

2 “You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.”

3 Can two walks together, except they be agreed?

4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has taken nothing?

5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? Shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be disaster (raah) in a city, and יהוה hath not done it?

7 Surely Lord (Adonai) יהוה will do nothing, but He revealeth His secret unto His servants the prophets.

8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? Lord (Adonai) יהוה hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

9 “Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt (Mitsrayim), and say: ‘Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria (Shomeron); and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.

10 For they know not to do right’, saith יהוה, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.

11 Therefore thus saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה: “An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down your strength from you, and your palaces shall be plundered.”

12 Thus saith יהוה: “As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Yisrael be taken out that dwell in Samaria (Shomeron) in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus (Dammeseq) in a couch!

13 Hear you, and testify in the house of Jacob (Yaaqov),” saith Lord (Adonai) יהוה, God of hosts (Elohei Tsevaot),

14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Yisrael upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel (Beit-El); and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.

15 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end,” saith יהוה.