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 (Traditional)

阿摩司書 2

對摩押的審判

1耶和華說:
「摩押人三番四次地犯罪,
我必不收回對他們的懲罰,
因為他們把以東王的骸骨焚燒成灰。
所以我要降火在摩押,
燒毀加略的城堡。
摩押要在戰爭的喧囂、吶喊和號角聲中滅亡。
我要剷除摩押的君王,
殺死那裡所有的首領。
這是耶和華說的。」

對猶大的審判

耶和華說:
「猶大人三番四次地犯罪,
我必不收回對他們的懲罰,
因為他們厭棄耶和華的訓誨,
不遵守我的律例。
他們祖先祭拜的偶像使他們走入歧途。
所以我要降火在猶大,
燒毀耶路撒冷的城堡。」

對以色列的審判

耶和華說:
「以色列人三番四次地犯罪,
我必不收回對他們的懲罰,
因為他們為了銀子賣掉義人,
為了一雙鞋子賣掉窮人。
他們踐踏窮人如同踐踏地上的塵土,
使卑微的人無處伸冤;
父子同淫一女,褻瀆我的聖名。
在每座祭壇旁邊,
他們把窮人典當的衣服鋪開,躺在上面,
又在上帝的殿裡喝剝削來的酒。

「以色列人啊,
我在你們面前消滅了亞摩利人。
雖然他們像香柏樹那樣高大,
如橡樹那樣強壯,
但我滅盡了他們的果子,
砍斷了他們的根。
10 我帶領你們離開埃及,
在曠野引導你們四十年,
使你們得到亞摩利人的土地。
11 我從你們的子孫中揀選先知,
從你們的青年中揀選拿細耳人[a]
以色列人啊,難道不是這樣嗎?
這是耶和華說的。
12 可是,你們迫使拿細耳人喝酒,
禁止先知傳達我的話。
13 看啊,我要壓碎你們,
如滿載穀物的車軋過一樣。
14 快捷的無法逃遁,
強壯的無力可施,
勇猛的救不了自己,
15 拉弓的站立不住,
腿快的無法逃脫,
騎馬的救不了自己。
16 到那日,
最勇猛的戰士也要丟盔棄甲,倉皇逃命。
這是耶和華說的。

  1. 2·11 拿細耳人的詳情參見民數記6·1-8