Amos 2

Judgment on Israel's Neighbors

1 Thus says the LORD:
a "For three transgressions of Moab, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because he b burned the bones of the king of Edom to lime.
2 But I will send a fire upon Moab,
And it shall devour the palaces of c Kerioth;
Moab shall die with tumult,
With shouting and trumpet sound.
3 And I will cut off d the judge from its midst,
And slay all its princes with him,"
Says the LORD.

Judgment on Judah

4 Thus says the LORD:
"For three transgressions of e Judah, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
f Because they have despised the law of the LORD,
And have not kept His commandments.
g Their lies lead them astray,
Lies h which their fathers followed.
5 i But I will send a fire upon Judah,
And it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem."

Judgment on Israel

6 Thus says the LORD:
"For three transgressions of j Israel, and for four,
I will not turn away its punishment,
Because k they sell the righteous for silver,
And the l poor for a pair of sandals.
7 They 1 pant after the dust of the earth which is on the head of the poor,
And m pervert the way of the humble.
n A man and his father go in to the same girl,
o To defile My holy name.
8 They lie down p by every altar on clothes q taken in pledge,
And drink the wine of 2 the condemned in the house of their god.

9 "Yet it was I who destroyed the r Amorite before them,
Whose height was like the s height of the cedars,
And he was as strong as the oaks;
Yet I t destroyed his fruit above
And his roots beneath.
10 Also it was u I who brought you up from the land of Egypt,
And v led you forty years through the wilderness,
To possess the land of the Amorite.
11 I raised up some of your sons as w prophets,
And some of your young men as x Nazirites.
Is it not so, O you children of Israel?"
Says the LORD.

12 "But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink,
And commanded the prophets y saying,
'Do not prophesy!'

13 "Behold, z I am 3 weighed down by you,
As a cart full of sheaves 4 is weighed down.
14 a Therefore 5 flight shall perish from the swift,
The strong shall not strengthen his power,
b Nor shall the mighty 6 deliver himself;
15 He shall not stand who handles the bow,
The swift of foot shall not 7 escape,
Nor shall he who rides a horse deliver himself.
16 The most 8 courageous men of might
Shall flee naked in that day,"
Says the LORD.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 15:1
    The burden against Moab. Because in the night Ar of Moab is laid waste And destroyed, Because in the night Kir of Moab is laid waste And destroyed.
    Jeremiah 25:21
    Edom, Moab, and the people of Ammon.
    Ezekiel 25:8 - 11
    'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because Moab and Seir say, 'Look! The house of Judah is like all the nations,'
    Zephaniah 2:8 - 11
    I have heard the reproach of Moab, And the insults of the people of Ammon, With which they have reproached My people, And made arrogant threats against their borders.
  2. Cross References
    2 Kings 3:26
    And when the king of Moab saw that the battle was too fierce for him, he took with him seven hundred men who drew swords, to break through to the king of Edom, but they could not.
    2 Kings 3:27
    Then he took his eldest son who would have reigned in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering upon the wall; and there was great indignation against Israel. So they departed from him and returned to their own land.
  3. Cross References
    Jeremiah 48:24
    On Kerioth and Bozrah, On all the cities of the land of Moab, Far or near.
    Jeremiah 48:41
    Kerioth is taken, And the strongholds are surprised; The mighty men's hearts in Moab on that day shall be Like the heart of a woman in birth pangs.
  4. Cross References
    Numbers 24:17
    I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near; A Star shall come out of Jacob; A Scepter shall rise out of Israel, And batter the brow of Moab, And destroy all the sons of tumult.
    Jeremiah 48:7
    For because you have trusted in your works and your treasures, You also shall be taken. And Chemosh shall go forth into captivity, His priests and his princes together.
  5. Cross References
    2 Kings 17:19
    Also Judah did not keep the commandments of the LORD their God, but walked in the statutes of Israel which they made.
    Hosea 12:2
    The LORD also brings a charge against Judah, And will punish Jacob according to his ways; According to his deeds He will recompense him.
    Amos 3:2
    "You only have I known of all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities."
  6. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:14
    But if you do not obey Me, and do not observe all these commandments.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 9:15
    The elder and honorable, he is the head; The prophet who teaches lies, he is the tail.
    Isaiah 9:16
    For the leaders of this people cause them to err, And those who are led by them are destroyed.
    Isaiah 28:15
    Because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death, And with Sheol we are in agreement. When the overflowing scourge passes through, It will not come to us, For we have made lies our refuge, And under falsehood we have hidden ourselves.
    Jeremiah 16:19
    O LORD, my strength and my fortress, My refuge in the day of affliction, The Gentiles shall come to You From the ends of the earth and say, "Surely our fathers have inherited lies, Worthlessness and unprofitable things.
    Habakkuk 2:18
    What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it, The molded image, a teacher of lies, That the maker of its mold should trust in it, To make mute idols?
  8. Cross References
    Jeremiah 9:14
    "but they have walked according to the dictates...
    Jeremiah 16:11
    Then you shall say to them, 'Because your fathe...
    Jeremiah 16:12
    And you have done worse than your fathers, for ...
    Ezekiel 20:13
    Yet the house of Israel rebelled against Me in ...
    Ezekiel 20:16
    Because they despised My judgments and did not ...
    Ezekiel 20:18
    But I said to their children in the wilderness,...
  9. Cross References
    Jeremiah 17:27
    "But if you will not heed Me to hallow the Sabbath day, such as not carrying a burden when entering the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath day, then I will kindle a fire in its gates, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched." '"
    Hosea 8:14
    "For Israel has forgotten his Maker, And has built temples; Judah also has multiplied fortified cities; But I will send fire upon his cities, And it shall devour his palaces."
  10. Cross References
    Judges 2:17 - 20
    Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the commandments of the LORD; they did not do so.
    2 Kings 17:7 - 18
    For so it was that the children of Israel had sinned against the LORD their God, who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt, from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and they had feared other gods.
    2 Kings 18:12
    Because they did not obey the voice of the LORD their God, but transgressed His covenant and all that Moses the servant of the LORD had commanded; and they would neither hear nor do them.
    Ezekiel 22:1 - 13
    Moreover the word of the LORD came to me, saying.
    Ezekiel 22:23 - 29
    And the word of the LORD came to me, saying.
  11. Cross References
    Isaiah 29:21
    Who make a man an offender by a word, And lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, And turn aside the just by empty words.
  12. Cross References
    Joel 3:3
    They have cast lots for My people, Have given a...
    Amos 4:1
    Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on ...
    Amos 5:11
    Therefore, because you tread down the poor And ...
    Amos 8:6
    That we may buy the poor for silver, And the ne...
    Micah 2:2
    They covet fields and take them by violence, Al...
    Micah 3:3
    Who also eat the flesh of My people, Flay their...
  13. Cross References
    Amos 5:12
    For I know your manifold transgressions And your mighty sins: Afflicting the just and taking bribes; Diverting the poor from justice at the gate.
  14. Cross References
    Leviticus 18:6 - 8
    None of you shall approach anyone who is near of kin to him, to uncover his nakedness: I am the LORD.
    Ezekiel 22:11
    One commits abomination with his neighbor's wife; another lewdly defiles his daughter-in-law; and another in you violates his sister, his father's daughter.
  15. Cross References
    Leviticus 20:3
    I will set My face against that man, and will cut him off from his people, because he has given some of his descendants to Molech, to defile My sanctuary and profane My holy name.
    Ezekiel 36:20 - 22
    "When they came to the nations, wherever they went, they profaned My holy name - when they said of them, 'These are the people of the LORD, and yet they have gone out of His land.'
  16. Cross References
    1 Corinthians 8:10
    For if anyone sees you who have knowledge eating in an idol's temple, will not the conscience of him who is weak be emboldened to eat those things offered to idols?
  17. Cross References
    Exodus 22:26
    If you ever take your neighbor's garment as a pledge, you shall return it to him before the sun goes down.
  18. Cross References
    Genesis 15:16
    "But in the fourth generation they shall return here, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete."
    Numbers 21:25
    So Israel took all these cities, and Israel dwelt in all the cities of the Amorites, in Heshbon and in all its villages.
    Deuteronomy 2:31
    "And the LORD said to me, 'See, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin to possess it, that you may inherit his land.'
    Joshua 10:12
    Then Joshua spoke to the LORD in the day when the LORD delivered up the Amorites before the children of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel: "Sun, stand still over Gibeon; And Moon, in the Valley of Aijalon.
  19. Cross References
    Ezekiel 31:3
    Indeed Assyria was a cedar in Lebanon, With fine branches that shaded the forest, And of high stature; And its top was among the thick boughs.
  20. Cross References
    Isaiah 5:24
    Therefore, as the fire devours the stubble, And the flame consumes the chaff, So their root will be as rottenness, And their blossom will ascend like dust; Because they have rejected the law of the LORD of hosts, And despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.
    Ezekiel 17:9
    Say, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Will it thrive? Will he not pull up its roots, Cut off its fruit, And leave it to wither? All of its spring leaves will wither, And no great power or many people Will be needed to pluck it up by its roots.
    Malachi 4:1
    For behold, the day is coming, Burning like an oven, And all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up," Says the LORD of hosts, "That will leave them neither root nor branch.
  21. Cross References
    Exodus 12:51
    And it came to pass, on that very same day, that the LORD brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt according to their armies.
    Amos 3:1
    Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying:
    Amos 9:7
    Are you not like the people of Ethiopia to Me, O children of Israel?" says the LORD. "Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt, The Philistines from Caphtor, And the Syrians from Kir?
  22. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 2:7
    "For the LORD your God has blessed you in all the work of your hand. He knows your trudging through this great wilderness. These forty years the LORD your God has been with you; you have lacked nothing."'
  23. Cross References
    Numbers 12:6
    Then He said, "Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I, the LORD, make Myself known to him in a vision; I speak to him in a dream.
  24. Cross References
    Numbers 6:2
    Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: 'When either a man or woman consecrates an offering to take the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the LORD.
    Numbers 6:3
    He shall separate himself from wine and similar drink; he shall drink neither vinegar made from wine nor vinegar made from similar drink; neither shall he drink any grape juice, nor eat fresh grapes or raisins.
    Judges 13:5
    "For behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. And no razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb; and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines."
  25. Cross References
    Isaiah 30:10
    Who say to the seers, "Do not see," And to the prophets, "Do not prophesy to us right things; Speak to us smooth things, prophesy deceits.
    Jeremiah 11:21
    Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the men of Anathoth who seek your life, saying, 'Do not prophesy in the name of the LORD, lest you die by our hand' -
    Amos 7:13
    But never again prophesy at Bethel, For it is the king's sanctuary, And it is the royal residence.
    Amos 7:16
    Now therefore, hear the word of the LORD: You say, 'Do not prophesy against Israel, And do not spout against the house of Isaac.
    Micah 2:6
    Do not prattle," you say to those who prophesy. So they shall not prophesy to you; They shall not return insult for insult.
  26. Cross References
    Isaiah 1:14
    Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates; They are a trouble to Me, I am weary of bearing them.
  27. Cross References
    Jeremiah 46:6
    Do not let the swift flee away, Nor the mighty man escape; They will stumble and fall Toward the north, by the River Euphrates.
  28. Cross References
    Psalms 33:16
    No king is saved by the multitude of an army; A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
    Jeremiah 9:23
    Thus says the LORD: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches.
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