Every Effect has its Cause
3:1 Listen, you Israelites, to this message which the LORD is proclaiming against you! This message is for the entire clan I brought up from the land of Egypt: 3:2 “I have chosen you alone from all the clans of the earth. Therefore I will punish you for all your sins.”

3:3 Do two walk together without having met?
3:4 Does a lion roar in the woods if he has not cornered his prey?
Does a young lion bellow from his den if he has not caught something?
3:5 Does a bird swoop down into a trap on the ground if there is no bait?
Does a trap spring up from the ground unless it has surely caught something?
3:6 If an alarm sounds in a city, do people not fear?
If disaster overtakes a city, is the LORD not responsible?
3:7 Certainly the sovereign LORD does nothing without first revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
3:8 A lion has roared! Who is not afraid?
The sovereign LORD has spoken! Who can refuse to prophesy?
Samaria Will Fall
3:9 Make this announcement in the fortresses of Ashdod
and in the fortresses in the land of Egypt.
Say this:
“Gather on the hills around Samaria!
Observe the many acts of violence taking place within the city,
the oppressive deeds occurring in it.”

3:10 “They do not know how to do what is right.” (The LORD is speaking.)
“They store up the spoils of destructive violence in their fortresses.
3:11 Therefore,” says the sovereign LORD, “an enemy will encircle the land.
He will take away your power;
your fortresses will be looted.”

3:12 This is what the LORD says:
“Just as a shepherd salvages from the lion’s mouth a couple of leg bones or a piece of an ear,
so the Israelites who live in Samaria will be salvaged.
They will be left with just a corner of a bed,
and a part of a couch.”
3:13 Listen and warn the family of Jacob!
The sovereign LORD, the God who commands armies, is speaking!

3:14 “Certainly when I punish Israel for their covenant transgressions,
I will destroy Bethel’s altars.
The horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.
3:15 I will destroy both the winter and summer houses.
The houses filled with ivory will be ruined,
the great houses will be swept away.”
The LORD is speaking!