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These are the words of Amos, one of the shepherds from the town of Tekoa. He saw this vision about Israel two years before the earthquake. It was at the time Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam son of Jehoash was king of Israel.

Amos said,

“The Lord will roar from Jerusalem;
    he will send his voice from Jerusalem.
The pastures of the shepherds will become dry,
    and even the top of Mount Carmel will dry up.”

Israel’s Neighbors Are Punished

The People of Aram

This is what the Lord says:

“For the many crimes of Damascus,
    I will punish them.
They drove over the people of Gilead
    with threshing boards that had iron teeth.
So I will send fire upon the house of Hazael
    that will destroy the strong towers of Ben-Hadad.
I will break down the bar of the gate to Damascus
    and destroy the king who is in the Valley of Aven,
as well as the leader of Beth Eden.
    The people of Aram will be taken captive to the country of Kir,” says the Lord.

The People of Philistia

This is what the Lord says:

“For the many crimes of Gaza,
    I will punish them.
They sold all the people of one area
    as slaves to Edom.
So I will send a fire on the walls of Gaza
    that will destroy the city’s strong buildings.
I will destroy the king of the city of Ashdod,
    as well as the leader of Ashkelon.
Then I will turn against the people of the city of Ekron,
    and the last of the Philistines will die,” says the Lord God.

The People of Phoenicia

This is what the Lord says:

“For the many crimes of Tyre,
    I will punish them.
They sold all the people of one area
    as slaves to Edom,
    and they forgot the agreement among relatives they had made with Israel.
10 So I will send fire on the walls of Tyre
    that will destroy the city’s strong buildings.”

The People of Edom

11 This is what the Lord says:

“For the many crimes of Edom,
    I will punish them.
They hunted down their relatives, the Israelites, with the sword,
    showing them no mercy.
They were angry all the time
    and kept on being very angry.
12 So I will send fire on the city of Teman
    that will even destroy the strong buildings of Bozrah.”[a]

The People of Ammon

13 This is what the Lord says:

“For the many crimes of Ammon,
    I will punish them.
They ripped open the pregnant women in Gilead
    so they could take over that land
    and make their own country larger.
14 So I will send fire on the city wall of Rabbah
    that will destroy its strong buildings.
It will come during a day of battle,
    during a stormy day with strong winds.
15 Then their king and leaders will be taken captive;
    they will all be taken away together,” says the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. 1:12 Teman . . . Bozrah Since Teman was in northern Edom and Bozrah was in southern Edom, this means the whole country will be destroyed.

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