The necessity of God's judgment against Israel.
Amos 3:1 Heare, what the Lord speaketh vnto you (O ye chyldren of Israel) namely, vnto all the trybes, whom I brought out of Egypt, and sayde: Amos 3:2 you only haue I accepted from all the generacyons of the earth: therfore, will I viset you in all your wickednesses. Amos 3:3 Maye twayne walke together excepte they be agreed amonge them selues? Amos 3:4 Doth a lyon roare in the wodde, except he haue a praye? Or crieth a lyons whelpe out of his denne, excepte he haue gotten somthinge? Amos 3:5 Doth a byrde fall in a snare vpon the earth where no fouler is? Taketh a man his snare vp from the grounde, afore he catche somwhat? Amos 3:6 Crye they out Alarum with the trompet in the cytie, and þe people not afrayed? Commeth there eny plage in a cytie without it be the Lordes doynge? Amos 3:7 Nowe doth þe Lorde God no maner of thinge, but he telleth his secrete before vnto hys seruauntes the prophetes. Amos 3:8 When a lyon roareth, who wyll not be afrayed? Seinge then þt the Lorde God him selfe speaketh, who wyll not prophecy?
The publication of it, with the causes thereof.
Amos 3:9 Preach in the palaces at Asdod, and in þe palaces of the lande of Egypt, and saye: gather you together vpon the mountaynes of Samaria, so shall ye se greate murther and violent oppressyon amonge them, for why? they regarde not þe thinge that is ryght, Amos 3:10 sayeth þe Lorde: they gather together euell gotten goodes, and laye vp robbery in their houses: Amos 3:11 Therfore, thus sayeth the Lorde God. This lande shalbe troubled and beseged rounde about, thy strength shalbe plucte from þe, and thy palaces robbed. Amos 3:12 Thus sayeth þe Lorde. lyke as an heardman taketh two legges or a pece of an eare out of the lyons mouth: Euen so the chyldren of Israel (þt dwell in Samaria) hauynge their couches in the corner, their beddes at Damascus, shalbe plucte awaye. Amos 3:13 Heare, & beare recorde in þe house of Iacob (sayeth þe Lorde God of hoostes) Amos 3:14 þt when I begynne to vyset the wyckednesse of Israel, I will vyset þe aulters at Bethell also: so that the hornes of the aulter shalbe broken of, and fall to the grounde. Amos 3:15 As for the wynterhouse & sommerhouse I will smyte them downe: and the houses of yuery: yee, and many other houses shall peryshe, and be destroyed, sayeth the Lorde.