16 You are to gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town(A) and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God.(B) That town is to remain a ruin(C) forever, never to be rebuilt,

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The fortified(A) city will disappear from Ephraim,
    and royal power from Damascus;
the remnant of Aram will be
    like the glory(B) of the Israelites,”(C)
declares the Lord Almighty.

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15 I will thrust you from my presence,(A) just as I did all your fellow Israelites, the people of Ephraim.’(B)

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Ephraim will be laid waste(A)
    on the day of reckoning.(B)
Among the tribes of Israel
    I proclaim what is certain.(C)

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13 “When Ephraim(A) saw his sickness,
    and Judah his sores,
then Ephraim turned to Assyria,(B)
    and sent to the great king for help.(C)
But he is not able to cure(D) you,
    not able to heal your sores.(E)

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Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Damascus,(A)
    even for four, I will not relent.(B)
Because she threshed Gilead
    with sledges having iron teeth,
I will send fire(C) on the house of Hazael(D)
    that will consume the fortresses(E) of Ben-Hadad.(F)
I will break down the gate(G) of Damascus;
    I will destroy the king who is in[a] the Valley of Aven[b]
and the one who holds the scepter in Beth Eden.(H)
    The people of Aram will go into exile to Kir,(I)
says the Lord.(J)

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 1:5 Or the inhabitants of
  2. Amos 1:5 Aven means wickedness.
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