The Lord revealeth his secrets unto his servants the prophets—Because of Israel’s rejection of prophets, and espousal of evil, the nation is overwhelmed by an adversary.
this word that the Lord
hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I abrought
up from the land of Egypt, saying,
have I bknown
of all the families of the earth: therefore I will cpunish
you for all your iniquities.
Can two walk together, except they be aagreed
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?
Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no agin is
for him? shall one
take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be aevil
in a city, and the Lord
hath not bdone it?
The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord God
hath spoken, who can but aprophesy
¶ Publish in the palaces at aAshdod
, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.
For they know not to do right, saith the Lord
, who store up aviolence
and robbery in their palaces.
Therefore thus saith the Lord God; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.
Thus saith the Lord; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.
Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord God, the God of hosts,
That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of aBeth-el
: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and bfall
to the ground.
And I will smite the awinter
house with the summer house; and the houses of bivory
shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the Lord