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the brotherly covenant

Amos 1

v9

Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant:

This chapter mentions the Israel's neighboring countries and some of their cities and rulers. The neighbors seem to have been in the regions that are the present day Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria. The chapter tells how the Lord would punish them for 3 and 4 of each of their sins. Like:

  • violence against Israel
  • cooperating with taking Jews captive
  • disregarding a treaty of brotherhood
I especially noticed how Tyrus "remembered not the brotherly covenant". Romans 12:10 says,
[Be] kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
Siblings are supposed to have a special care for each other. We should make sure we're /caring about our brothers and sisters/ the way we should.
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