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.