1Listen, Israelites, to this prophecy which Yahweh pronounces against you, against the whole familywhich I brought up from Egypt: 2You alone have I intimately known of all the families of earth, that is why I shal punish you for al yourwrong-doings. 3Do two people travel together unless they have agreed to do so? 4Does the lion roar in the forest if it has no prey? Does the young lion growl in his lair if it has caughtnothing? 5Does a bird fall on the ground in a net unless a trap has been set for it? Will the net spring up from theground without catching something? 6Does the trumpet sound in the city without the people being alarmed? Does misfortune come to a city ifYahweh has not caused it? 7No indeed, Lord Yahweh does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. 8The lion roars: who is not afraid? Lord Yahweh has spoken: who will not prophesy? 9From the palace roofs of Assyria and from the palace roofs of Egypt, proclaim aloud, 'Assemble on thehil s of Samaria and observe the grave disorders inside her and the acts of oppression there!' 10Little they know of right conduct -declares Yahweh- who cram their palaces with violence andextortion. 11This is why -- Lord Yahweh says this- an enemy will soon besiege the land, he wil bring down yourstrength and your palaces wil be looted. 12Yahweh says this: As the shepherd rescues two legs or the tip of an ear from the lion's mouth, so wilthe children of Israel be salvaged who now lol in Samaria in the corners of their beds, on their divans ofDamascus. 13Listen and testify against the House of Jacob -declares the Lord Yahweh, God Sabaoth- 14the day when I punish Israel for his crimes I shal also punish the altars of Bethel; the horns of thealtar wil be hacked off and wil fal to the ground. 15I shall blast winter house with summer house, ivory houses wil be destroyed and many mansionscease to be -declares Yahweh.
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