Amos 1

1The message of Amos. Amos was one of the shepherds from the city Tekoa. Amos saw visions about Israel during the time that Uzziah was king of Judah and during the time that Jeroboam son of Joash was king of Israel. This was two years before the earthquake. 2Amos said: The Lord will shout like a lion in Zion. His loud voice will roar from Jerusalem. And the green pastures of the shepherds will turn brown and die. Even Mount Carmel will become dry. 3The Lord says these things: “I will definitely punish ˻the people of˼ Damascus for the many crimes they did. Why? Because they crushed ˻the people of˼ Gilead with iron threshing tools. 4So I will start a fire at Hazael’s house ˻(Aram)˼. And that fire will destroy the great palaces of Ben Hadad. 5“I will also break open the gates of Damascus. I will remove the person sitting ˻on the throne˼ in the the Valley of Aven. I will remove the symbol of power from Beth-Eden And the Aramean people will be ˻defeated and˼ taken ˻back˼ to Kir. The Lord said those things.” 6The Lord says this: “I will definitely punish ˻the people of˼ Gaza for the many crimes they did. Why? Because they took an entire nation of people and sent them as slaves to Edom. 7So I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza. This fire will destroy the high towers in Gaza. 8And I will destroy the one that sits ˻on the throne˼ in Ashdod. I will destroy the king that holds the scepter in Ashkelon. I will punish the people of Ekron. Then the Philistines that are still left alive, will die.” The Lord God said those things. 9The Lord says these things: “I will definitely punish ˻the people of˼ Tyre for the many crimes they did. Why? Because they took an entire nation and sent them as slaves to Edom. They did not remember the agreement they had made with their brothers ˻(Israel)˼. 10So I will start a fire at the walls of Tyre. That fire will destroy the high towers in Tyre.” 11The Lord says these things: “I will definitely punish ˻the people of˼ Edom for the many crimes they did. Why? Because Edom chased his brother ˻(Israel)˼ with the sword. Edom showed no mercy. Edom’s anger continued forever—he kept tearing and tearing ˻at Israel like a wild animal˼. 12So I will start a fire at Teman. That fire will destroy the high towers of Bozrah.” 13The Lord says these things: “I will definitely punish ˻the people of˼ Ammon for the many crimes they did. Why? Because they killed the pregnant women in Gilead. The Ammonite people did this so they could ˻take that land˼ and make their country larger. 14So I will start a fire at the wall of Rabbah. That fire will destroy the high towers of Rabbah. Troubles will come to them like a whirlwind into their country. 15Then their kings and leaders will be captured. They will all be taken together.” The Lord said those things.

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