God’s Reasons for Punishing Israel 3 1Listen to this message that the Lord has spoken against you, Israelites, against the entire clan that I brought from the land of Egypt:   2I have known only you out of all the clans of the earth; therefore, I will punish you for all your iniquities. 3Can two walk together without agreeing to meet?[F] 4Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion growl from its lair unless it has captured something? 5Does a bird land in a trap on the ground if there is no bait for it? Does a trap spring from the ground when it has caught nothing? 6If a ram’s horn is blown in a city, aren’t people afraid? If a disaster occurs in a city, hasn’t the Lord done it? 7Indeed, the Lord God does nothing without revealing His counsel to His servants the prophets. 8A lion has roared; who will not fear? The Lord God has spoken; who will not prophesy?   9Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdod and on the citadels in the land of Egypt: Assemble on the mountains of Samaria and see the great turmoil in the city and the acts of oppression within it. 10The people are incapable of doing right— this is the Lord’s declaration— those who store up violence and destruction in their citadels.   11Therefore, the Lord God says:   An enemy will surround the land; he will destroy your strongholds and plunder your citadels.   12The Lord says:   As the shepherd snatches two legs or a piece of an ear from the lion’s mouth, so the Israelites who live in Samaria will be rescued with only the corner of a bed or the[G] cushion[H] of a couch.[I]     13Listen and testify against the house of Jacob— this is the declaration of the Lord God, the God of Hosts. 14I will punish the altars of Bethel on the day I punish Israel for its crimes; the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground. 15I will demolish the winter house and the summer house; the houses inlaid with ivory will be destroyed, and the great houses will come to an end.   This is the Lord’s declaration.
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