Amos 3
New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition

Israel’s Guilt and Punishment

1Hear 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:

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

3Do two walk together
    unless they have made an appointment?
4Does a lion roar in the forest,
    when it has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from its den,
    if it has caught nothing?
5Does a bird fall into 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?
6Is a trumpet blown in a city,
    and the people are not afraid?
Does disaster befall a city,
    unless the Lord has done it?
7Surely the Lord God does nothing,
    without revealing his secret
    to his servants the prophets.
8The lion has roared;
    who will not fear?
The Lord God has spoken;
    who can but prophesy?

9Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod,
    and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,
and say, “Assemble yourselves on Mount[a] Samaria,
    and see what great tumults are within it,
    and what oppressions are in its midst.”
10They do not know how to do right, says the Lord,
    those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.
11Therefore thus says the Lord God:
An adversary shall surround the land,
    and strip you of your defense;
    and your strongholds shall be plundered.

12Thus says the Lord: As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who live in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part[b] of a bed.

13Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob,
    says the Lord God, the God of hosts:
14On the day I punish Israel for its transgressions,
    I will punish the altars of Bethel,
and the horns of the altar shall be cut off
    and fall to the ground.
15I will tear down the winter house as well as the summer house;
    and the houses of ivory shall perish,
and the great houses[c] shall come to an end,
says the Lord.


  1. Amos 3:9 Gk Syr: Heb the mountains of
  2. Amos 3:12 Meaning of Heb uncertain
  3. Amos 3:15 Or many houses
Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

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