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Israel’s Guilt and Punishment


Hear this word that the L ord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:


You only have I known

of all the families of the earth;

therefore I will punish you

for all your iniquities.



Do two walk together

unless they have made an appointment?


Does a lion roar in the forest,

when it has no prey?

Does a young lion cry out from its den,

if it has caught nothing?


Does a bird fall into a snare on the earth,

when there is no trap for it?

Does a snare spring up from the ground,

when it has taken nothing?


Is a trumpet blown in a city,

and the people are not afraid?

Does disaster befall a city,

unless the L ord has done it?


Surely the Lord G od does nothing,

without revealing his secret

to his servants the prophets.


The lion has roared;

who will not fear?

The Lord G od has spoken;

who can but prophesy?



Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod,

and to the strongholds in the land of Egypt,

and say, “Assemble yourselves on Mount Samaria,

and see what great tumults are within it,

and what oppressions are in its midst.”


They do not know how to do right, says the L ord,

those who store up violence and robbery in their strongholds.


Therefore thus says the Lord G od:

An adversary shall surround the land,

and strip you of your defense;

and your strongholds shall be plundered.


12 Thus says the L ord: As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who live in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part of a bed.



Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob,

says the Lord G od, the God of hosts:


On the day I punish Israel for its transgressions,

I will punish the altars of Bethel,

and the horns of the altar shall be cut off

and fall to the ground.


I will tear down the winter house as well as the summer house;

and the houses of ivory shall perish,

and the great houses shall come to an end,

says the L ord.


He adds, in the last place, Shall a trumpet sound and the people tremble not? Here he reprehends, as I have said, the torpidity of the people, to whom all threatening were a sport: “When a trumpet sounds,” he says, “all tremble; for it is a signal of danger. All then either fly for aid or stand amazed, when the trumpet sounds. God himself cries, his voice deserves much more attention than the trumpet which fills men’s minds with dread; and yet it is a sound uttered to the deaf. What then does this prove, but that madness possesses the minds of men? Are they not destitute of all judgment and of every power of reason?” We hence see that the Prophet in these words intended to show, that the Israelites were in a manner fascinated by the devil, for they had no thought of evils; and though they knew that God sounded the trumpet and denounced ruin, they yet remained heedless, and were no more moved than if all things were in a quiet state. What remains I cannot now finish.

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