3 * Listen to this word that Jehovah has spoken about you, sons of Israel, about all the clan that I brought up out of Egypt: 2 You only I have known out of all the clans of the earth—for that reason I will punish you for all your offenses. 3 Will two be walking together without their having held a tryst? 4 will a lion roar in the badlands without having a kill? will a two-year-old lion give tongue out of his lair without having caught anything? 5 * will a bird drop into a trap on the ground without its having a bait? will a trap spring up from the ground without making a catch? 6 * or will a ram-horn be blown in a city and the people not be alarmed? or will there be disaster in a city and Jehovah not have made it? 7 For Jehovah does not do a thing but he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets. 8 A lion roars: who will not fear? The Lord Jehovah speaks: who will not prophesy? 9 Sound a summons over palaces in Ashdod and over palaces in Egypt and say “Come together on the mountains of Samaria and see many disorders in its midst and denials of justice within it. 10 And they do not know how to act squarely, quoth Jehovah, they who amass outrage and rapine in their palaces.” 11 *** So the Lord Jehovah says, Distress shall surround the land and strip your might off you, and your palaces shall be plundered. 12 * Says Jehovah, As a shepherd rescues out of a lion’s mouth two legs or a piece of an ear, so will the sons of Israel be rescued, those who sit in Samaria on the corner of a couch and on the damask of a divan. 13 Listen, and warn the house of Jacob, quoth Jehovah the God of Armies, 14 because on the day when I punish Israel for its crimes I will punish the altars of Bethel, and the horns of the altar shall be chopped off and fall on the ground; 15 and I will strike the winter house along with the summer house, and the ivory houses shall go, and many a house shall come to its end, quoth Jehovah.
^ 3:1 Var. house of Israel
^ 3:5 (first half) Unc.; susp.
^ 3:6 Or and Jehovah not have been at work
^ 3:11 Or A foe shall surround
^ 3:11 (shall surround) Unc.; susp.
^ 3:11 Lit. bring down your might off you
^ 3:12 (last part) Unc.