Amos 3
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1  Hear this word that Hashem hath spoken against you O B’nei Yisrael against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Mitzrayim saying:

א  שִׁמְעוּ אֶת הַדָּבָר הַזֶּה אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר יְהוָה עֲלֵיכֶם בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עַל כָּל הַמִּשְׁפָּחָה אֲשֶׁר הֶעֱלֵיתִי מֵאֶרֶץ מִצְרַיִם לֵאמֹר.

2  You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will visit upon you all your iniquities.

ב  רַק אֶתְכֶם יָדַעְתִּי מִכֹּל מִשְׁפְּחוֹת הָאֲדָמָה עַל כֵּן אֶפְקֹד עֲלֵיכֶם אֵת כָּל עֲו‍ֹנֹתֵיכֶם.

3  Will two walk together except they have agreed?

ג  הֲיֵלְכוּ שְׁנַיִם יַחְדָּו בִּלְתִּי אִם נוֹעָדוּ.

4  Will a lion roar in the forest when he hath no prey? Will a young lion give forth his voice out of his den if he have taken nothing?

ha-yish-AG ar-YAY ba-YA-ar v’-TE-ref ayn lo ha-yi-TAYN k’-FEER ko-LO mi-m’-o-na-TO bil-TEE im la-KHAD

ד  הֲיִשְׁאַג אַרְיֵה בַּיַּעַר וְטֶרֶף אֵין לוֹ הֲיִתֵּן כְּפִיר קוֹלוֹ מִמְּעֹנָתוֹ בִּלְתִּי אִם לָכָד.

3:4  Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey?

A lion roars when he is about to attack his prey. An astute animal who hears the roar of a lion understands that the lion is about to attack and is able to escape. An animal that is not perceptive will get caught. The message to the Jewish people is to pay attention to the warning signs of the impending destruction and do what they can to prevent it from happening. Those who chose to ignore them will suffer the consequences. In ancient Israel, lions were commonly found in the forested areas of the country. The lion is therefore often used as a metaphor in the Bible.

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5  Will a bird fall in a snare upon the earth where there is no lure for it? Will a snare spring up from the ground and have taken nothing at all?

ה  הֲתִפֹּל צִפּוֹר עַל פַּח הָאָרֶץ וּמוֹקֵשׁ אֵין לָהּ הֲיַעֲלֶה פַּח מִן הָאֲדָמָה וְלָכוֹד לֹא יִלְכּוֹד.

6  Shall the horn be blown in a city and the people not tremble? Shall evil befall a city and Hashem hath not done it?

ו  אִם יִתָּקַע שׁוֹפָר בְּעִיר וְעָם לֹא יֶחֱרָדוּ אִם תִּהְיֶה רָעָה בְּעִיר וַיהוָה לֹא עָשָׂה.

7  For the Lord GOD will do nothing but He revealeth His counsel unto His servants the prophets.

ז  כִּי לֹא יַעֲשֶׂה אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה דָּבָר כִּי אִם גָּלָה סוֹדוֹ אֶל עֲבָדָיו הַנְּבִיאִים.

8  The lion hath roared who will not fear? The Lord GOD hath spoken who can but prophesy?

ח  אַרְיֵה שָׁאָג מִי לֹא יִירָא אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה דִּבֶּר מִי לֹא יִנָּבֵא.

9  Proclaim it upon the palaces at Ashdod and upon the palaces in the land of Mitzrayim and say: ‘Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Shomron and behold the great confusions therein and the oppressions in the midst thereof.’

ט  הַשְׁמִיעוּ עַל אַרְמְנוֹת בְּאַשְׁדּוֹד וְעַל אַרְמְנוֹת בְּאֶרֶץ מִצְרָיִם וְאִמְרוּ הֵאָסְפוּ עַל הָרֵי שֹׁמְרוֹן וּרְאוּ מְהוּמֹת רַבּוֹת בְּתוֹכָהּ וַעֲשׁוּקִים בְּקִרְבָּהּ.

10  For they know not to do right saith Hashem who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.

י  וְלֹא יָדְעוּ עֲשׂוֹת נְכֹחָה נְאֻם יְהוָה הָאוֹצְרִים חָמָס וָשֹׁד בְּאַרְמְנוֹתֵיהֶם.

11  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD: An adversary even round about the land! And he shall bring down thy strength from thee and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

יא  לָכֵן כֹּה אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה צַר וּסְבִיב הָאָרֶץ וְהוֹרִיד מִמֵּךְ עֻזֵּךְ וְנָבֹזּוּ אַרְמְנוֹתָיִךְ.

12  Thus saith Hashem: As the shepherd rescueth out of the mouth of the lion two legs or a piece of an ear so shall the B’nei Yisrael that dwell in Shomron escape with the corner of a couch and the leg of a bed.

יב  כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה כַּאֲשֶׁר יַצִּיל הָרֹעֶה מִפִּי הָאֲרִי שְׁתֵּי כְרָעַיִם אוֹ בְדַל אֹזֶן כֵּן יִנָּצְלוּ בְּנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל הַיֹּשְׁבִים בְּשֹׁמְרוֹן בִּפְאַת מִטָּה וּבִדְמֶשֶׁק עָרֶשׂ.

13  Hear ye and testify against the house of Yaakov saith the Lord GOD the God of hosts.

יג  שִׁמְעוּ וְהָעִידוּ בְּבֵית יַעֲקֹב נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה אֱלֹהֵי הַצְּבָאוֹת.

14  For in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Yisrael upon him I will also punish the altars of Beit El and the horns of the altar shall be cut off and fall to the ground.

יד  כִּי בְּיוֹם פָּקְדִי פִשְׁעֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל עָלָיו וּפָקַדְתִּי עַל מִזְבְּחוֹת בֵּית אֵל וְנִגְדְּעוּ קַרְנוֹת הַמִּזְבֵּחַ וְנָפְלוּ לָאָרֶץ.

15  And I will smite the winter-house with the summer-house; and the houses of ivory shall perish and the great houses shall have an end saith Hashem.

טו  וְהִכֵּיתִי בֵית הַחֹרֶף עַל בֵּית הַקָּיִץ וְאָבְדוּ בָּתֵּי הַשֵּׁן וְסָפוּ בָּתִּים רַבִּים נְאֻם יְהוָה.

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