3 1Hear this word that Jehovah hath spoken against you, O children of
Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt,
2You only have I known of all the families of the earth:
therefore I will visit upon you all your iniquities.
3Shall two walk
together, except they have agreed?
4Will a lion roar in the forest, when
he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken
5Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is
set for him? shall a snare spring up from the ground, and have taken
nothing at all?
6Shall the trumpet be blown in a city, and the people not
be afraid? shall evil befall a city, and Jehovah hath not done it?
7Surely the Lord Jehovah will do nothing, except he reveal his secret
unto his servants the prophets.
8The lion hath roared; who will not fear?
The Lord Jehovah hath spoken; who can but prophesy?
9Publish ye in the
palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble
yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold what great tumults are
therein, and what oppressions in the midst thereof.
10For they know not
to do right, saith Jehovah, who store up violence and robbery in their
11Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah: An adversary there
shall be, even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength
from thee, and thy palaces shall be plundered.
12Thus saith Jehovah: As
the shepherd rescueth out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an
ear, so shall the children of Israel be rescued that sit in Samaria in the
corner of a couch, and on the silken cushions of a bed.
13Hear ye, and
testify against the house of Jacob, saith the Lord Jehovah, the God of hosts.
14For in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon
him, I will also visit the altars of Beth-el; and the horns of the altar
shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.
15And 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 Jehovah.