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13 You brag about capturing the town of Lodebar.[a] You boast, “We were strong enough to take Karnaim.”[b]

14 The Lord God Almighty himself says, “People of Israel, I am going to send a foreign army to occupy your country. It will oppress you from Hamath Pass in the north to the Brook of the Arabah in the south.”

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 6:13 This name sounds like the Hebrew for “nothing.”
  2. Amos 6:13 The name of this small town means “horns,” a symbol of strength.

13 you who rejoice in the conquest of Lo Debar[a]
    and say, “Did we not take Karnaim[b] by our own strength?(A)

14 For the Lord God Almighty declares,
    “I will stir up a nation(B) against you, Israel,
that will oppress you all the way
    from Lebo Hamath(C) to the valley of the Arabah.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 6:13 Lo Debar means nothing.
  2. Amos 6:13 Karnaim means horns; horn here symbolizes strength.

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