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A1a 2:4b A1b A1c A1d Line A1a: The colon-marker is zaqeph qaton and the constraints are: 0 predicators, 1 constituent, and 3 units. This line is dependent on the following line. יְהּודה ֔ ָ ֹלׁש ֙ה ִּפ ְׁש ֵע֣י ָ ל־ׁש ְ ַע. The accusations against Judah are not general crimes against humanity, as was the case in the accusations against the Gentiles, but concern covenant violations.
Each line is headed by a weqatal except where there is gapping (line Be) and in the final line. The seven lines of divine judgment correspond to the seven (3 + 4) sins of Damascus in 1:3. indd 25 6/6/08 2:24:28 PM 26 Amos 1:4-5 ת־אוֶ ן ָ֔ יֹוׁש ֙ב ִמ ִּב ְק ַע ֵ וְ ִה ְכ ַר ִ ּ֤תי תֹומְך ֵ ׁ֖ש ֶבט ִמ ֵּב֣ית ֶע ֶ֑דן ֥ ֵ ְו ם־א ָ ֛רם ִ ֖ק ָירה ֲ וְ גָ ֧לּו ַע הוה׃ פ ֽ ָ ְָא ַ ֥מר י Bd Be Bf Bg Line Ba: The colon-marker is athnach and the constraints are: 1 predicator, 3 constituents, and 4 units.
However, as Shalom Paul states, such an interpretation “is a makeshift one and is totally unattested” (Paul 1991, 64). Various interpretations for ַר ֲח ִמיםhere have been proposed, including the unconvincing notion that it refers to treaty partners (see Fishbane 1970 and 1972; Coote 1971; Barré 1985). It is more likely here that “( ֶר ֶחםwomb”) is used by metonymy for “women” especially in their capacity as child-bearers. indd 39 6/6/08 2:24:34 PM 40 Amos 1:11 “Won’t they find [and] divide plunder?