Amos 1 1I am Amos. And I raised sheep near the town of Tekoa[A] when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam[B] son of Jehoash[C] was king of Israel. Two years before the earthquake,[D] the LORD gave me several messages[E] about Israel, 2 and I said: When the LORD roars from Jerusalem, pasturelands and Mount Carmel dry up and turn brown. Judgment on Syria 3The LORD said: I will punish Syria[F] for countless crimes, and I won't change my mind. They dragged logs with spikes[G] over the people of Gilead. 4Now I will burn down the palaces and fortresses of King Hazael and of King Benhadad.[H] 5I will break through the gates of Damascus. I will destroy the people[I] of Wicked Valley[J] and the ruler of Beth-Eden.[K] Then the Syrians will be dragged as prisoners to Kir.[L] I, the LORD, have spoken! Judgment on Philistia 6The LORD said: I will punish Philistia[M] for countless crimes, and I won't change my mind. They dragged off my people[N] from town after town to sell them as slaves to the Edomites. 7That's why I will burn down the walls and fortresses of the city of Gaza. 8I will destroy the king[O] of Ashdod and the ruler of Ashkelon. I will strike down Ekron,[P] and that will be the end of the Philistines. I, the LORD, have spoken! Judgment on Phoenicia 9The LORD said: I will punish Phoenicia[Q] for countless crimes, and I won't change my mind. They broke their treaty and dragged off my people[R] from town after town to sell them as slaves to the Edomites. 10That's why I will send flames to burn down the city of Tyre along with its fortresses. Judgment on Edom 11The LORD said: I will punish Edom for countless crimes, and I won't change my mind. They killed their own relatives[S] and were so terribly furious that they showed no mercy. 12Now I will send fire to wipe out the fortresses of Teman and Bozrah.[T] Judgment on Ammon 13The LORD said: I will punish Ammon for countless crimes, and I won't change my mind. In Gilead they ripped open pregnant women, just to take the land. 14Now I will send fire to destroy the walls and fortresses of Rabbah.[U] Enemies will shout and attack like a whirlwind. 15Ammon's king and leaders will be dragged away. I, the LORD, have spoken!
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