The Destruction of Israel

Amos 9

1 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and He said:
"Strike the 1 doorposts, that the thresholds may shake,
And a break them on the heads of them all.
I will slay the last of them with the sword.
b He who flees from them shall not get away,
And he who escapes from them shall not be delivered.

2 "Though c they dig into 2 hell,
From there My hand shall take them;
d Though they climb up to heaven,
From there I will bring them down;
3 And though they e hide themselves on top of Carmel,
From there I will search and take them;
Though they hide from My sight at the bottom of the sea,
From there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them;
4 Though they go into captivity before their enemies,
From there f I will command the sword,
And it shall slay them.
g I will set My eyes on them for harm and not for good."

5 The Lord GOD of hosts,
He who touches the earth and it h melts,
i And all who dwell there mourn;
All of it shall swell like 3 the River, 4
And subside like the River of Egypt.
6 He who builds His j layers 5 in the sky,
And has founded His strata in the earth;
Who k calls for the waters of the sea,
And pours them out on the face of the earth -
l The LORD is His name.

7 " Are you not like the 6 people of Ethiopia to Me,
O children of Israel?" says the LORD.
"Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt,
The m Philistines from n Caphtor, 7
And the Syrians from o Kir?
8 "Behold, p the eyes of the Lord GOD are on the sinful kingdom,
And I q will destroy it from the face of the earth;
Yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,"
Says the LORD.

9 "For surely I will command,
And will 8 sift the house of Israel among all nations,
As grain is sifted in a sieve;
r Yet not the smallest 9 grain shall fall to the ground.
10 All the sinners of My people shall die by the sword,
s Who say, 'The calamity shall not overtake nor confront us.'

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 68:21
    But God will wound the head of His enemies, The hairy scalp of the one who still goes on in his trespasses.
    Habakkuk 3:13
    You went forth for the salvation of Your people, For salvation with Your Anointed. You struck the head from the house of the wicked, By laying bare from foundation to neck. Selah
  2. Cross References
    Amos 2:14
    Therefore flight shall perish from the swift, The strong shall not strengthen his power, Nor shall the mighty deliver himself.
  3. Cross References
    Psalms 139:8
    If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there.
    Jeremiah 23:24
    Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?" says the LORD; "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" says the LORD.
  4. Cross References
    Job 20:6
    Though his haughtiness mounts up to the heavens, And his head reaches to the clouds.
    Jeremiah 51:53
    Though Babylon were to mount up to heaven, And though she were to fortify the height of her strength, Yet from Me plunderers would come to her," says the LORD.
    Matthew 11:23
    And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.
  5. Cross References
    Jeremiah 23:24
    Can anyone hide himself in secret places, So I shall not see him?" says the LORD; "Do I not fill heaven and earth?" says the LORD.
  6. Cross References
    Leviticus 26:33
    I will scatter you among the nations and draw out a sword after you; your land shall be desolate and your cities waste.
  7. Cross References
    Leviticus 17:10
    And whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people.
    Jeremiah 21:10
    "For I have set My face against this city for adversity and not for good," says the LORD. "It shall be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall burn it with fire."'
    Jeremiah 39:16
    Go and speak to EbedMe'lech the Ethiopian, saying, 'Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: "Behold, I will bring My words upon this city for adversity and not for good, and they shall be performed in that day before you.
    Jeremiah 44:11
    Therefore thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: 'Behold, I will set My face against you for catastrophe and for cutting off all Judah.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 104:32
    He looks on the earth, and it trembles; He touches the hills, and they smoke.
    Psalms 144:5
    Bow down Your heavens, O LORD, and come down; Touch the mountains, and they shall smoke.
    Isaiah 64:1
    Oh, that You would rend the heavens! That You would come down! That the mountains might shake at Your presence -
    Micah 1:4
    The mountains will melt under Him, And the valleys will split Like wax before the fire, Like waters poured down a steep place.
  9. Cross References
    Amos 8:8
    Shall the land not tremble for this, And everyone mourn who dwells in it? All of it shall swell like the River, Heave and subside Like the River of Egypt.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 104:3
    He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters, Who makes the clouds His chariot, Who walks on the wings of the wind.
    Psalms 104:13
    He waters the hills from His upper chambers; The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.
  11. Cross References
    Amos 5:8
    He made the Pleiades and Orion; He turns the shadow of death into morning And makes the day dark as night; He calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the face of the earth; The LORD is His name.
  12. Cross References
    Amos 4:13
    For behold, He who forms mountains, And creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, And makes the morning darkness, Who treads the high places of the earth - The LORD God of hosts is His name.
    Amos 5:27
    Therefore I will send you into captivity beyond Damascus," Says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.
  13. Cross References
    Jeremiah 47:4
    Because of the day that comes to plunder all the Philistines, To cut off from Tyre and Sidon every helper who remains; For the LORD shall plunder the Philistines, The remnant of the country of Caphtor.
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 2:23
    And the Avim, who dwelt in villages as far as Gaza - the Caphtorim, who came from Caphtor, destroyed them and dwelt in their place.)
  15. Cross References
    Amos 1:5
    I will also break the gate bar of Damascus, And cut off the inhabitant from the Valley of Aven, And the one who holds the scepter from Beth Eden. The people of Syria shall go captive to Kir," Says the LORD.
  16. Cross References
    Jeremiah 44:27
    Behold, I will watch over them for adversity and not for good. And all the men of Judah who are in the land of Egypt shall be consumed by the sword and by famine, until there is an end to them.
    Amos 9:4
    Though they go into captivity before their enemies, From there I will command the sword, And it shall slay them. I will set My eyes on them for harm and not for good.
  17. Cross References
    Jeremiah 5:10
    Go up on her walls and destroy, But do not make a complete end. Take away her branches, For they are not the LORD's.
    Jeremiah 30:11
    For I am with you,' says the LORD, 'to save you; Though I make a full end of all nations where I have scattered you, Yet I will not make a complete end of you. But I will correct you in justice, And will not let you go altogether unpunished.
    Joel 2:32
    And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the LORD Shall be saved. For in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there shall be deliverance, As the LORD has said, Among the remnant whom the LORD calls.
    Amos 3:12
    Thus says the LORD: "As a shepherd takes from the mouth of a lion Two legs or a piece of an ear, So shall the children of Israel be taken out Who dwell in Samaria - In the corner of a bed and on the edge of a couch!
  18. Cross References
    Isaiah 65:8 - 16
    Thus says the LORD: "As the new wine is found in the cluster, And one says, 'Do not destroy it, For a blessing is in it,' So will I do for My servants' sake, That I may not destroy them all.
  19. Cross References
    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 5:12
    They have lied about the LORD, And said, " It is not He. Neither will evil come upon us, Nor shall we see sword or famine.
    Amos 6:3
    Woe to you who put far off the day of doom, Who cause the seat of violence to come near.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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