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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Amos 3:1-15

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,  ‘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.+  “‘Will two walk together unless they have met by appointment?+  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?  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?  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?  For the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will not do a thing unless he has revealed his confidential matter* to his servants the prophets.+  There is a lion that has roared!+ Who will not be afraid? The Sovereign Lord Jehovah himself has spoken! Who will not prophesy?’+  “‘PUBLISH it on [the] dwelling towers in Ash′dod and on [the] dwelling towers in the land of Egypt,+ and say: “Be gathered together against the mountains of Sa·mar′i·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·mar′i·a on a splendid couch+ and on a Dam·a·scene′ 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 Beth′el;+ 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.”

Footnotes

“His confidential matter.” Heb., soh·dhoh′; Lat., se·cre′tum.
“Your,” fem. sing., referring to the city, fem.
Or, “warning.”
“The God of the armies.” Heb., ʼElo·heh′ hats·tseva·ʼohth′; Lat., De′us e·xer·ci′tu·um.