The New King James Version

Amos 1:1–2:16

1 The words of Amos, who was among the asheepbreeders of bTekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of cUzziah king of Judah, and in the days of dJeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the eearthquake.

And he said:

“The Lord froars from Zion,

And utters His voice from Jerusalem;

The pastures of the shepherds mourn,

And the top of gCarmel withers.”

Judgment on the Nations

Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of hDamascus, and for four,

I will not turn away its punishment,

Because they have ithreshed Gilead with implements of iron.

4 jBut I will send a fire into the house of Hazael,

Which shall devour the palaces of kBen-Hadad.

5 I will also break the gate lbar of Damascus,

And cut off the inhabitant from the Valley of Aven,

And the one who 1holds the scepter from 2Beth Eden.

The people of Syria shall go captive to Kir,”

Says the Lord.

Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of mGaza, and for four,

I will not turn away its punishment,

Because they took captive the whole captivity

To deliver them up to Edom.

7 nBut I will send a fire upon the wall of Gaza,

Which shall devour its palaces.

8 I will cut off the inhabitant ofrom Ashdod,

And the one who holds the scepter from Ashkelon;

I will pturn My hand against Ekron,

And qthe remnant of the Philistines shall perish,”

Says the Lord God.

Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of rTyre, and for four,

I will not turn away its punishment,

Because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom,

And did not remember the covenant of brotherhood.

10 But I will send a fire upon the wall of Tyre,

Which shall devour its palaces.”

11 Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of sEdom, and for four,

I will not turn away its punishment,

Because he pursued his tbrother with the sword,

And cast off all pity;

His anger tore perpetually,

And he kept his wrath forever.

12 But uI will send a fire upon Teman,

Which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.”

13 Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of vthe people of Ammon, and for four,

I will not turn away its punishment,

Because they ripped open the women with child in Gilead,

That they might enlarge their territory.

14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of wRabbah,

And it shall devour its palaces,

xAmid shouting in the day of battle,

And a tempest in the day of the whirlwind.

15 yTheir king shall go into captivity,

He and his princes together,”

Says the Lord.

2 Thus says the Lord:

a“For three transgressions of Moab, and for four,

I will not turn away its punishment,

Because he bburned the bones of the king of Edom to lime.

2 But I will send a fire upon Moab,

And it shall devour the palaces of cKerioth;

Moab shall die with tumult,

With shouting and trumpet sound.

3 And I will cut off dthe judge from its midst,

And slay all its princes with him,”

Says the Lord.

Judgment on Judah

Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of eJudah, and for four,

I will not turn away its punishment,

fBecause they have despised the law of the Lord,

And have not kept His commandments.

gTheir lies lead them astray,

Lies hwhich their fathers followed.

5 iBut I will send a fire upon Judah,

And it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.”

Judgment on Israel

Thus says the Lord:

“For three transgressions of jIsrael, and for four,

I will not turn away its punishment,

Because kthey sell the righteous for silver,

And the lpoor for a pair of sandals.

7 They 1pant after the dust of the earth which is on the head of the poor,

And mpervert the way of the humble.

nA man and his father go in to the same girl,

oTo defile My holy name.

8 They lie down pby every altar on clothes qtaken in pledge,

And drink the wine of 2the condemned in the house of their god.

9 “Yet it was I who destroyed the rAmorite before them,

Whose height was like the sheight of the cedars,

And he was as strong as the oaks;

Yet I tdestroyed his fruit above

And his roots beneath.

10 Also it was uI who brought you up from the land of Egypt,

And vled you forty years through the wilderness,

To possess the land of the Amorite.

11 I raised up some of your sons as wprophets,

And some of your young men as xNazirites.

Is it not so, O you children of Israel?”

Says the Lord.

12 “But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink,

And commanded the prophets ysaying,

‘Do not prophesy!’

13 “Behold, zI am 3weighed down by you,

As a cart full of sheaves 4is weighed down.

14 aTherefore 5flight shall perish from the swift,

The strong shall not strengthen his power,

bNor shall the mighty 6deliver himself;

15 He shall not stand who handles the bow,

The swift of foot shall not 7escape,

Nor shall he who rides a horse deliver himself.

16 The most 8courageous men of might

Shall flee naked in that day,”

Says the Lord.

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