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1Hear this word that Yahweh has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying:

 2 “You only have I chosen

 of all the families of the earth;

 therefore I will punish you for all of your sins.


 3 Do two walk together,

 unless they have agreed?


 4 Will a lion roar in the thicket

 when he has no prey?

 Does a young lion cry out of his den,

 if he has caught nothing?


 5 Can a bird fly down into a trap on the earth

 where no snare is set for him?

 Does a snare spring up from the ground

 when there is nothing to catch?


 6 If a shofar is blown in a city,

 will not the people be afraid?

 Does evil happen to a city,

 and Yahweh has not done it?


 7 Surely the Lord Yahweh will do nothing

 unless he reveals his secret

 to his servants the prophets.


 8 The lion has roared.

 Who will not fear?

 The Lord Yahweh has spoken.

 Who can but prophesy?”


Proclaim in the palaces at Ashdod

 and in the palaces in the land of Egypt and say,

 “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria,

 and see what unrest is in her,

 and what oppression is among them.”


 10 “Indeed they do not know to do right,”

 says Yahweh,

 “those who hoard up violence and robbery in their palaces.”


11Therefore this is what the Lord Yahweh says:

 “An adversary will overrun the land,

 and he will pull down your strongholds,

 and your fortresses will be plundered.”


12This is what Yahweh says:

 “As the shepherd rescues out of the mouth of the lion

 two legs or a piece of an ear,

 so will the children of Israel be rescued

 who sit in Samaria on the corner of a couch

 and on the silken cushions of a bed.


Listen, and testify against the house of Jacob,”

 says the Lord Yahweh,

 the God of Armies.


 14 “For in the day that I visit the transgressions of Israel on him,

 I will also visit the altars of Bethel;

 and the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.


 15 I will strike the winter house

 along with the summer house,

 and the houses of ivory will perish,

 and the great houses will have an end,”

 says Yahweh.


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