3 “Hear this word that Jehovah has spoken concerning YOU,+ O sons of Israel, concerning the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt,+ saying, 2 ‘YOU people only have I known+ out of all the families of the ground.+ That is why I shall hold an accounting against YOU for all YOUR errors.+ 3 “‘Will two walk together unless they have met by appointment?+ 4 Will a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey?+ Will a young maned lion give forth its voice from its hiding place if it has caught nothing at all? 5 Will a bird fall into a trap on the earth when there is no snare for it?+ Does a trap go up from the ground when it has absolutely caught nothing? 6 If a horn is blown in a city, do not also the people themselves tremble?+ If a calamity occurs in the city, is it not also Jehovah who has acted? 7 For the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will not do a thing unless he has revealed his confidential matter* to his servants the prophets.+ 8 There is a lion that has roared!+ Who will not be afraid? The Sovereign Lord Jehovah himself has spoken! Who will not prophesy?’+ 9 “‘PUBLISH it on [the] dwelling towers in Ashʹdod and on [the] dwelling towers in the land of Egypt,+ and say: “Be gathered together against the mountains of Sa·marʹi·a,+ and see the many disorders in the midst of her and cases of defrauding inside her.+ 10 And they have not known how to do what is straightforward,”+ is the utterance of Jehovah, “those who are storing up violence+ and despoiling in their dwelling towers.”’ 11 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said, ‘There is an adversary even round about the land,+ and he will certainly bring your* strength down from you, and your dwelling towers will actually be plundered.’+ 12 “This is what Jehovah has said, ‘Just as the shepherd snatches away from the mouth of the lion two shanks or a piece of an ear,+ so the sons of Israel will be snatched away, those sitting in Sa·marʹi·a on a splendid couch+ and on a Dam·a·sceneʹ divan.’+ 13 “‘HEAR and give witness*+ in the house of Jacob,’ is the utterance of the Sovereign Lord Jehovah, the God of the armies.* 14 ‘For, in the day of my holding an accounting+ for the revolts of Israel against him, I will also hold an accounting against the altars of Bethʹel;+ and the horns of the altar will certainly be cut off and must fall to the earth.+ 15 And I will strike down the winter house+ in addition to the summer house.’+ “‘And the houses of ivory will have to perish,+ and many houses will have to come to their finish,’+ is the utterance of Jehovah.”
^ “His confidential matter.” Heb., soh·dhohʹ; Lat., se·creʹtum.
^ “Your,” fem. sing., referring to the city, fem.
^ Or, “warning.”
^ “The God of the armies.” Heb., ʼElo·hehʹ hats·tseva·ʼohthʹ; Lat., Deʹus e·xer·ciʹtu·um.