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The evils that shall fall upon Israel for their sins.

[1] Hear the word that the Lord hath spoken concerning you, O ye children of Israel: concerning the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying: [2] You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore will I visit upon you all your iniquities. [3] Shall two walk together except they be agreed? [4] Will a lion roar in the forest, if he have no prey? will the lion' s whelp cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing? [5] Will the bird fall into the snare upon the earth, if there be no fowler? Shall the snare be taken up from the earth, before it hath taken somewhat?

[2] Visit upon: That is, punish.

[6] Shall the trumpet sound in a city, and the people not be afraid? Shall there be evil in a city, which the Lord hath not done? [7] For the Lord God doth nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets. [8] The lion shall roar, who will not fear? The Lord God hath spoken, who shall not prophesy? [9] Publish it in the houses of Azotus, and in the houses of the land of Egypt, and say: Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the many follies in the midst thereof, and them that suffer oppression in the inner rooms thereof. [10] And they have not known to do the right thing, saith the Lord, storing up iniquity, and robberies in their houses.

[6] Evil in a city: He speaks of the evil of punishments of war, famine, pestilence, desolation, etc., but not of the evil of sin, of which God is not the author.

[11] Therefore thus saith the Lord God: The land shall be in tribulation, and shall be compassed about: and thy strength shall be taken away from thee, and thy houses shall be spoiled. [12] Thus saith the Lord: As if a shepherd should get out of the lion' s mouth two legs, or the tip of the ear: so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria, in a piece of a bed, and in the couch of Damascus. [13] Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord the God of hosts: [14] That in the day when I shall begin to visit the transgressions of Israel, I will visit upon him, and upon the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altars shall be cut off, and shall fall to the ground. [15] And I will strike the winter house with the summer house: and the houses of ivory shall perish, and many houses shall be destroyed, saith the Lord.

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