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Amos, chapter 2, New English Translation and King James Version

Chapter 2

New English Translation


   1 This is what the LORD says: "Because Moab has committed three crimes - make that four! - I will not revoke my decree of judgment. They burned the bones of Edom's king into lime.
   2 So I will set Moab on fire, and it will consume Kerioth's fortresses. Moab will perish in the heat of battle amid war cries and the blaring of the ram's horn.
   3 I will remove Moab's leader; I will kill all Moab's officials with him." The LORD has spoken!
   4 This is what the LORD says: "Because Judah has committed three covenant transgressions - make that four! - I will not revoke my decree of judgment. They rejected the LORD's law; they did not obey his commands. Their false gods, to which their fathers were loyal, led them astray.
   5 So I will set Judah on fire, and it will consume Jerusalem's fortresses."
   God Will Judge Israel
   6 This is what the LORD says: "Because Israel has committed three covenant transgressions - make that four! - I will not revoke my decree of judgment. They sold the innocent for silver, the needy for a pair of sandals.
   7 They trample on the dirt-covered heads of the poor; they push the destitute away. A man and his father go to the same girl; in this way they show disrespect for my moral purity.
   8 They stretch out on clothing seized as collateral; they do so right beside every altar! They drink wine bought with the fines they have levied; they do so right in the temple of their God!
   9 For Israel's sake I destroyed the Amorites. They were as tall as cedars and as strong as oaks, but I destroyed the fruit on their branches and their roots in the ground.
   10 I brought you up from the land of Egypt; I led you through the wilderness for forty years so you could take the Amorites' land as your own.
   11 I made some of your sons prophets and some of your young men Nazirites. Is this not true, you Israelites?" The LORD is speaking!
   12 "But you made the Nazirites drink wine; you commanded the prophets, 'Do not prophesy!'
   13 Look! I will press you down, like a cart loaded down with grain presses down.
   14 Fast runners will find no place to hide; strong men will have no strength left; warriors will not be able to save their lives.
   15 Archers will not hold their ground; fast runners will not save their lives, nor will those who ride horses.
   16 Bravehearted warriors will run away naked in that day." The LORD is speaking!

King James Version


   1 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:
   2 But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kerioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet:
   3 And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD.
   4 ¶ Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:
   5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.
   6 ¶ Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
   7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:
   8 And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
   9 ¶ Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
   10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.
   11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the LORD.
   12 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.
   13 Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.
   14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
   15 Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.
   16 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.
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