Old Testament

Wisdom and Poetical Books

How does the book of Amos begin?

It begins with a diatribe against the neighboring nations of Damascus, Gaza, Tyre, Edom, Ammon, and Moab. These countries were guilty of a variety of wrongs, including engaging in slave trade, desecrating the corpses of people they conquered, and tearing open the bellies of pregnant women who were prisoners of war. The last two nations to be criticized were Judah and Israel.


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