Amplified Bible

Amos 2

Judgment on Moab

1Thus says the Lord,
“For three transgressions of [a]Moab and for four (multiplied delinquencies)
I will not reverse its punishment or revoke My word concerning it,
Because he burned the bones of the king of Edom [Esau’s descendant] into lime [and used it to plaster a Moabite house].

“So I will send a fire [of war, conquest, and destruction] upon Moab
And it shall devour the strongholds of Kerioth;
And Moab shall die amid tumult and uproar,
With war cries and shouts of alarm and the sound of the trumpet.

“I will also cut off and destroy the ruler from its midst
And slay all the princes with him,” says the Lord.

Judgment on Judah


Thus says the Lord,
“For three transgressions of Judah and for four (multiplied delinquencies)
I will not reverse its punishment or revoke My word concerning it,
Because they have rejected the law of the Lord [the sum of God’s instruction to His people]
And have not kept His commandments;
But their lies [and their idols], after which their fathers walked,
Caused them to go astray.

“So I will send a fire [of war, conquest, and destruction by the Babylonians] upon Judah
And it will devour the strongholds of Jerusalem.”

Judgment on Israel


Thus says the Lord,
“For three transgressions of Israel and for four (multiplied delinquencies)
I will not reverse its punishment or revoke My word concerning it,
Because they sell the righteous and innocent for silver
And the needy for the price of a pair of sandals.

“These who pant after (long to see) the dust of the earth on the head of the helpless [as sign of their grief and distress]
Also turn aside the way of the humble;
And a man and his father will go to the same [b]girl
So that My holy name is profaned.

“They stretch out beside every [pagan] altar on clothes taken in pledge [to secure a loan, disregarding God’s command],
And in the house of their God [in contempt of Him] they frivolously drink the wine [which has been] taken from those who have been fined.


“Yet it was I [not the false gods] who destroyed the Amorite before them,
Though his height was like the height of the cedars,
And he was as strong as the oaks;
I even destroyed his fruit above and his root below.
10 
“Also it was I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
And I led you forty years through the wilderness
That you might possess the land of the Amorite.
11 
“Then I raised up some of your sons to be prophets [who gave you My revelation],
And some of your young men to be Nazirites (dedicated ones).
Is this not true, O you children of Israel?” says the Lord.
12 
“But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink [despite their vows]
And commanded the prophets, saying, ‘You shall not prophesy!’
13 
“Behold, I am weighted down beneath you
As a cart that is weighted down when it is full of sheaves.
14 
“Flight will be lost to the swift [so they will be unable to escape],
And the strong shall not strengthen nor maintain his power,
Nor shall the mighty man save his own life.
15 
“He who handles the bow will not stand his ground,
The one who is swift of foot will not escape,
Nor will he who rides the horse save his life [from the invading army].
16 
“Even the bravest among the warriors shall flee naked on that day,” says the Lord.

  1. Amos 2:1 Descendants of Moab, the son born to Lot and his elder daughter (Gen 19:30-38).
  2. Amos 2:7 Possibly a temple prostitute.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

阿摩司书 2

对摩押的审判

1耶和华说:
“摩押人三番四次地犯罪,
我必不收回对他们的惩罚,
因为他们把以东王的骸骨焚烧成灰。
所以我要降火在摩押,
烧毁加略的城堡。
摩押要在战争的喧嚣、吶喊和号角声中灭亡。
我要铲除摩押的君王,
杀死那里所有的首领。
这是耶和华说的。”

对犹大的审判

耶和华说:
“犹大人三番四次地犯罪,
我必不收回对他们的惩罚,
因为他们厌弃耶和华的训诲,
不遵守我的律例。
他们祖先祭拜的偶像使他们走入歧途。
所以我要降火在犹大,
烧毁耶路撒冷的城堡。”

对以色列的审判

耶和华说:
“以色列人三番四次地犯罪,
我必不收回对他们的惩罚,
因为他们为了银子卖掉义人,
为了一双鞋子卖掉穷人。
他们践踏穷人如同践踏地上的尘土,
使卑微的人无处申冤;
父子同淫一女,亵渎我的圣名。
在每座祭坛旁边,
他们把穷人典当的衣服铺开,躺在上面,
又在上帝的殿里喝剥削来的酒。

“以色列人啊,
我在你们面前消灭了亚摩利人。
虽然他们像香柏树那样高大,
如橡树那样强壮,
但我灭尽了他们的果子,
砍断了他们的根。
10 我带领你们离开埃及,
在旷野引导你们四十年,
使你们得到亚摩利人的土地。
11 我从你们的子孙中拣选先知,
从你们的青年中拣选拿细耳人[a]
以色列人啊,难道不是这样吗?
这是耶和华说的。
12 可是,你们迫使拿细耳人喝酒,
禁止先知传达我的话。
13 看啊,我要压碎你们,
如满载谷物的车轧过一样。
14 快捷的无法逃遁,
强壮的无力可施,
勇猛的救不了自己,
15 拉弓的站立不住,
腿快的无法逃脱,
骑马的救不了自己。
16 到那日,
最勇猛的战士也要丢盔弃甲,仓皇逃命。
这是耶和华说的。

  1. 2:11 拿细耳人的详情参见民数记6:1-8