Israel’s Guilt and Punishment

jHear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:

  k“You only have I known

of all the families of the earth;

ltherefore I will punish you

for all your iniquities.

  “Do two walk together,

unless they have agreed to meet?

  Does a lion roar in the forest,

when he has no prey?

Does a young lion cry out from his den,

if he has taken nothing?

  Does a bird fall in a snare on the earth,

when there is no trap for it?

Does a snare spring up from the ground,

when it has taken nothing?

  mIs a trumpet blown in a city,

and the people are not afraid?

nDoes disaster come to a city,

unless the Lord has done it?

  “For the Lord God does nothing

owithout revealing his secret

to his servants the prophets.

  The lion has roared;

who will not fear?

pThe Lord God has spoken;

who can but prophesy?”

  Proclaim to the strongholds in qAshdod

and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,

and say, “Assemble yourselves on rthe mountains of Samaria,

and see the great tumults within her,

and sthe oppressed in her midst.”

  10  “They do not know how to do right,” declares the Lord,

t“those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.”

 11 Therefore thus says the Lord God:

u“An adversary shall surround the land

and bring down1 your defenses from you,

and vyour strongholds shall be plundered.”

 12 Thus says the Lord: w“As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, xso shall the people of Israel ywho dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part2 of a bed.

  13  “Hear, zand testify against the house of Jacob,”

declares the Lord God, athe God of hosts,

  14  “that on the day I punish Israel for his transgressions,

bI will punish the altars of Bethel,

and cthe horns of the altar shall be cut off

and fall to the ground.

  15  dI will strike ethe winter house along with fthe summer house,

and gthe houses of ivory shall perish,

and the great houses3 shall come to an end,”

declares the Lord.

j

ch. 7:16; [ch. 2:10]

k
l
m
n
o
p
q

ch. 1:8

r
s
t
u
1

Hebrew An adversary, one who surrounds the land—he shall bring down

v
w
x

See Jer. 31:8, 9

y

[ch. 6:4]

2

The meaning of the Hebrew word is uncertain

z
a

ch. 4:13; Ps. 80:4, 7, 14

b
c
d

[ch. 6:11]

e
f
g
3

Or and many houses

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