Amos 3

1 Hear this message that Adonai has spoken  against you,
children of Israel, against the whole family that I
brought out of the land of Egypt:
2 "Only you do I know of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you for all your guilt."

3 Do two walk together unless they are agreed?

4 Does a lion growl in the bush
     but tears at nothing?
Does a killer lion give voice in its shelter
     unless it has caught?

5 Does a bird fall to a trap on the ground,
with nothing as bait for it?
Does a trap spring up from the soil,
and it has not caught something?

6 Is a trumpet blown in a city,
and the people do not quake?
Does disaster happen to a city,
and Adonai has not done it?

7 For my Lord Adonai does nothing,
without revealing his plan
to his servants the prophets.

8 The lion has roared;
who does not fear?
My Lord Adonai has spoken;
who will not prophesy?

9 Proclaim it to the citadels in Ashdod,
and to the citadels in the land of Egypt,
"Assemble on the hills of Samaria,
and see: great confusion there,
oppression among them."

10 They do not know how to do right,
(Adonai's oracle)
those who store up violence
and destruction in their citadels.

11 Therefore thus says my Lord Adonai:
An enemy will surround the land,
and strip you of your strongholds;
and your citadels will be plundered.

12 Thus says Adonai:
As the shepherd rescues from the lion's mouth
two legs,
or a chunk of ear,
so shall the children of Israel who live in Samaria be rescued,
just the side of a couch or a chip from the leg of a bed.

13 Hear, and bear witness against Jacob's house.
Oracle of my Lord Adonai, the God of armies.

14 For on the day I punish Israel for its rebellions,
I will punish the altars of Bethel,
the horns of the altar shall be cut off
and fall to the ground.

15 I will strike both winter house and summer house;
and the houses of ivory will perish,
and the many houses will be swept away.
Adonai's oracle.

This very literal translation was prepared by Dr Tim Bulkeley for use with his Amos commentary
(His son named it the Temporary English Version because it kept changing!)