Amos 2

2 Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Moab,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,[a]
because he burned to lime
the bones of the king of Edom.(A)
2 So I will send a fire on Moab,
and it shall devour the strongholds of Kerioth,
and Moab shall die amid uproar,
amid shouting and the sound of the trumpet;(B)
3 I will cut off the ruler from its midst
and will kill all its officials with him,
says the Lord.(C)

Judgment on Judah

4 Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Judah,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,[b]
because they have rejected the instruction of the Lord
and have not kept his statutes,
but they have been led astray by the same lies
after which their ancestors walked.(D)
5 So I will send a fire on Judah,
and it shall devour the strongholds of Jerusalem.(E)

Judgment on Israel

6 Thus says the Lord:
For three transgressions of Israel,
and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,[c]
because they sell the righteous for silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals—(F)
7 they who trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth
and push the afflicted out of the way;
father and son go in to the same young woman,
so that my holy name is profaned;(G)
8 they lay themselves down beside every altar
on garments taken in pledge;
and in the house of their God they drink
wine bought with fines they imposed.(H)

9 Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them,
whose height was like the height of cedars
and who was as strong as oaks;
I destroyed his fruit above
and his roots beneath.(I)
10 Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt
and led you forty years in the wilderness,
to possess the land of the Amorite.(J)
11 And I raised up some of your children to be prophets
and some of your youths to be nazirites.
Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?
says the Lord.(K)

12 But you made the nazirites drink wine
and commanded the prophets,
saying, “You shall not prophesy.”(L)

13 So, I will press you down in your place,
just as a cart presses down
when it is full of sheaves.[d](M)
14 Flight shall perish from the swift,
and the strong shall not retain their strength,
nor shall the mighty save their lives;(N)
15 those who handle the bow shall not stand,
and those who are swift of foot shall not save themselves,
nor shall those who ride horses save their lives;(O)
16 and those who are stout of heart among the mighty
shall flee away naked on that day,
says the Lord.(P)


  1. 2.1Heb cause it to return
  2. 2.4Heb cause it to return
  3. 2.6Heb cause it to return
  4. 2.13Meaning of Heb uncertain

Cross references

  1. 2.1 : Isa 15; 16; Jer 48; Zeph 2.8, 9
  2. 2.2 : Jer 48.41, 45
  3. 2.3 : Ps 2.10; Isa 40.23; Jer 48.7; Am 5.7, 12
  4. 2.4 : 2 Kings 17.19; Jer 6.19; Ezek 20.13; Joel 3.2
  5. 2.5 : Jer 17.27; Hos 8.14
  6. 2.6 : 2 Kings 18.12; Joel 3.3; Am 5.11, 12
  7. 2.7 : Lev 20.3; Hos 4.14; Am 5.12; 8.4
  8. 2.8 : Ex 22.26; Am 4.1; 6.6; 1 Cor 8.10
  9. 2.9 : Num 13.33; Deut 2.31; Isa 5.24; Mal 4.1
  10. 2.10 : Ex 3.8; 12.51; Deut 2.7
  11. 2.11 : Num 6.2, 3; Jer 7.25
  12. 2.12 : Isa 30.10; Jer 11.21; Am 7.12, 13; Mic 2.6
  13. 2.13 : Joel 3.13
  14. 2.14 : Ps 33.16; Isa 30.16, 17; Jer 9.23
  15. 2.15 : Isa 31.3; Jer 51.26; Ezek 39.3
  16. 2.16 : Jer 48.41

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