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Commentary On Joel Amos Obadiah by Jean Calvin

Chapter 3

1 Hear ye this word which Jehovah pronounces Against you, children of Israel -- against the whole family, Which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, --

2 |Only you have I known of all the families of the earth, |I will therefore visit on you all your iniquities.|

3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Will a young lion roar in his den, when nothing is taken?

5 Will a bird fall into a snare on the ground without a fowler? Will a fowler take up his snare from the ground before he catches?

6 Shall a trumpet sound in a city, and the people tremble not? Shall there be an evil in a city, which Jehovah hath not done?

7 For nothing will the Lord Jehovah do, Except he has revealed his secret to his servants the Prophets.

8 The lion hath roared, who would not fear? The Lord Jehovah hath spoken, who would not prophesy?

9 Publish in the palaces of Ashdod, And in the palaces of the land of Egypt, and say, -- |Assemble ye on the mountains of Samaria, |And see the great tumults within it, |And the oppressions in the midst of it.|

10 And they know not how to do right, saith Jehovah, -- Treasuring up the fruit of robbery and plunder in their palaces.

11 Therefore thus saith the Lord Jehovah, -- Lo, an adversary! And one around the land! And he will take from thee thy strength, And plundered shall be thy palaces.

12 Thus saith Jehovah, -- As when a shepherd snatches from the mouth of a lion Two legs and the extreme part of the ear, So shall be rescued the children of Israel, Who dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, And in Damascus on a couch.

13 Hear ye and testify to the house of Israel, Saith the Lord Jehovah, the God of hosts, --

14 That in the day in which I shall visit upon him the sins of Israel, I will also visit the altars of Bethel; And broken shall be the horns of the altar, And they shall fall to the ground;

15 And I will smite the winter-house with the summer-house, And perish shall the houses of ivory, And come to an end shall the great houses, saith Jehovah.

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