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.

Footnotes

  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.

New International Reader's Version

Amos 2

1The Lord says,

“The people of Moab have sinned again and again.
    So I will judge them.
They burned the bones
    of Edom’s king to ashes.
So I will send fire to destroy Moab.
    It will burn up Kerioth’s forts.
Moab will come crashing down with a loud noise.
    War cries will be heard.
    So will the blast of trumpets.
I will kill Moab’s ruler.
    I will also kill all its officials,”
    says the Lord.

The Lord says,

“The people of Judah have sinned again and again.
    So I will judge them.
They have refused to obey my law.
    They have not kept my rules.
Other gods have led them astray.
    Their people of long ago
    worshiped those gods.
So I will send fire to destroy Judah.
    It will burn up Jerusalem’s forts.”

The Lord Judges Israel

The Lord says,

“The people of Israel have sinned again and again.
    So I will judge them.
They sell into slavery those who have done no wrong.
    They trade needy people
    for a mere pair of sandals.
They grind the heads of the poor
    into the dust of the ground.
    They refuse to be fair to those who are crushed.
A father and his son have sex with the same girl.
    They treat my name as if it were not holy.
They lie down beside every altar on clothes they have taken.
    They lie on those clothes
    until the owner pays back what is owed.
In the house of their God
    they drink wine that was paid as fines.

“Yet I destroyed the Amorites
    to make room in the land for my people.
The Amorites were as tall as cedar trees.
    They were as strong as oak trees.
But I cut off their fruit above the ground
    and their roots below it.

10 “People of Israel, I brought you up out of Egypt.
    I led you in the desert for 40 years.
    I gave you the land of the Amorites.
11 I raised up prophets from among your children.
    I also set apart for myself some of your young people to be Nazirites.
Isn’t that true, people of Israel?”
    announces the Lord.
12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine.
    You commanded the prophets not to prophesy.

13 “A cart that is loaded with grain
    crushes anything it runs over.
    In the same way, I will crush you.
14 Your fastest runners will not escape.
    The strongest people will not get away.
Even soldiers will not be able
    to save their own lives.
15 Men who are armed with bows will lose the battle.
    Soldiers who are quick on their feet will not escape.
Horsemen will not be able
    to save their own lives.
16 Even your bravest soldiers
    will run away naked on that day,”
    announces the Lord.