Every Effect has its Cause
3:1 Listen, you Israelites, to this message which the
3:3 Do two walk together without having met?4
3:4 Does a lion roar in the woods if he has not cornered his prey?5
Does a young lion bellow from his den if he has not caught something?
3:5 Does a bird swoop down into a trap on the ground if there is no bait?
Does a trap spring up from the ground unless it has surely caught something?
3:6 If an alarm sounds6 in a city, do people not fear?7
If disaster overtakes a8 city, is the
3:7 Certainly the sovereign
3:8 A lion has roared!10 Who is not afraid?
Samaria Will Fall
3:9 Make this announcement in12 the fortresses of Ashdod
and in the fortresses in the land of Egypt.
“Gather on the hills around Samaria!13
Observe the many acts of violence14 taking place within the city,15
the oppressive deeds16 occurring in it.”17
3:10 “They do not know how to do what is right.” (The
“They store up18 the spoils of destructive violence19 in their fortresses.
3:11 Therefore,” says the sovereign
He will take away your power;21
your fortresses will be looted.”
3:12 This is what the
“Just as a shepherd salvages from the lion’s mouth a couple of leg bones or a piece of an ear,
so the Israelites who live in Samaria will be salvaged.22
They will be left with just a corner of a bed,23
and a part24 of a couch.”
3:13 Listen and warn25 the family26 of Jacob!27
3:14 “Certainly when29 I punish Israel for their30 covenant transgressions,31
I will destroy32 Bethel’s33 altars.
The horns34 of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.
3:15 I will destroy both the winter and summer houses.35
The houses filled with ivory36 will be ruined,
the great37 houses will be swept away.”38