Amos 1:1–4:13

1 The words of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoaa—the vision he saw concerning Israel two years before the earthquake,b when Uzziahc was king of Judah and Jeroboamd son of Jehoasha was king of Israel.e

He said:

“The Lord roarsf from Zion

and thundersg from Jerusalem;h

the pastures of the shepherds dry up,

and the top of Carmeli withers.”j

Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Damascus,k

even for four, I will not relent.l

Because she threshed Gilead

with sledges having iron teeth,

I will send firem on the house of Hazaeln

that will consume the fortresseso of Ben-Hadad.p

I will break down the gateq of Damascus;

I will destroy the king who is inb the Valley of Avenc

and the one who holds the scepter in Beth Eden.r

The people of Aram will go into exile to Kir,s

says the Lord.t

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Gaza,u

even for four, I will not relent.v

Because she took captive whole communities

and sold them to Edom,w

I will send fire on the walls of Gaza

that will consume her fortresses.

I will destroy the kingd of Ashdodx

and the one who holds the scepter in Ashkelon.

I will turn my handy against Ekron,

till the last of the Philistinesz are dead,”a

says the Sovereign Lord.b

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Tyre,c

even for four, I will not relent.d

Because she sold whole communities of captives to Edom,

disregarding a treaty of brotherhood,e

10 I will send fire on the walls of Tyre

that will consume her fortresses.f

11 This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Edom,g

even for four, I will not relent.

Because he pursued his brother with a swordh

and slaughtered the women of the land,

because his anger raged continually

and his fury flamed unchecked,i

12 I will send fire on Temanj

that will consume the fortresses of Bozrah.k

13 This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Ammon,l

even for four, I will not relent.

Because he ripped open the pregnant womenm of Gilead

in order to extend his borders,

14 I will set fire to the walls of Rabbahn

that will consumeo her fortresses

amid war criesp on the day of battle,

amid violent windsq on a stormy day.

15 Her kinge will go into exile,

he and his officials together,r

says the Lord.s

2 This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Moab,t

even for four, I will not relent.

Because he burned to ashesu

the bones of Edom’s king,

I will send fire on Moab

that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth.a v

Moab will go down in great tumult

amid war criesw and the blast of the trumpet.x

I will destroy her rulery

and kill all her officials with him,”z

says the Lord.a

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Judah,b

even for four, I will not relent.

Because they have rejected the lawc of the Lord

and have not kept his decrees,d

because they have been led astraye by false gods,b f

the godsc their ancestors followed,g

I will send fireh on Judah

that will consume the fortressesi of Jerusalem.j

Judgment on Israel

This is what the Lord says:

“For three sins of Israel,

even for four, I will not relent.k

They sell the innocent for silver,

and the needy for a pair of sandals.l

They trample on the heads of the poor

as on the dust of the ground

and deny justice to the oppressed.

Father and son use the same girl

and so profane my holy name.m

They lie down beside every altar

on garments taken in pledge.n

In the house of their god

they drink wineo taken as fines.p

“Yet I destroyed the Amoritesq before them,

though they were tallr as the cedars

and strong as the oaks.s

I destroyed their fruit above

and their rootst below.

10 I brought you up out of Egyptu

and ledv you forty years in the wildernessw

to give you the land of the Amorites.x

11 “I also raised up prophetsy from among your children

and Naziritesz from among your youths.

Is this not true, people of Israel?”

declares the Lord.

12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine

and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.a

13 “Now then, I will crush you

as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.b

14 The swift will not escape,c

the strongd will not muster their strength,

and the warrior will not save his life.e

15 The archerf will not stand his ground,

the fleet-footed soldier will not get away,

and the horsemang will not save his life.h

16 Even the bravest warriorsi

will flee naked on that day,”

declares the Lord.

Witnesses Summoned Against Israel

3 Hear this word, people of Israel, the word the Lord has spoken against youj—against the whole family I brought up out of Egypt:k

“You only have I chosenl

of all the families of the earth;

therefore I will punishm you

for all your sins.n

Do two walk together

unless they have agreed to do so?

Does a lion roaro in the thicket

when it has no prey?p

Does it growl in its den

when it has caught nothing?

Does a bird swoop down to a trap on the ground

when no baitq is there?

Does a trap spring up from the ground

if it has not caught anything?

When a trumpetr sounds in a city,

do not the people tremble?

When disasters comes to a city,

has not the Lord caused it?t

Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing

without revealing his planu

to his servants the prophets.v

The lionw has roaredx

who will not fear?

The Sovereign Lord has spoken—

who can but prophesy?y

Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdodz

and to the fortresses of Egypt:

“Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria;a

see the great unrest within her

and the oppression among her people.”

10 “They do not know how to do right,b” declares the Lord,

“who store up in their fortressesc

what they have plunderedd and looted.”

11 Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“An enemy will overrun your land,

pull down your strongholds

and plunder your fortresses.e

12 This is what the Lord says:

“As a shepherd rescues from the lion’sf mouth

only two leg bones or a piece of an ear,

so will the Israelites living in Samaria be rescued,

with only the head of a bed

and a piece of fabrica from a couch.b g

13 “Hear this and testifyh against the descendants of Jacob,” declares the Lord, the Lord God Almighty.

14 “On the day I punishi Israel for her sins,

I will destroy the altars of Bethel;j

the hornsk of the altar will be cut off

and fall to the ground.

15 I will tear down the winter housel

along with the summer house;m

the houses adorned with ivoryn will be destroyed

and the mansionso will be demolished,p

declares the Lord.q

Israel Has Not Returned to God

4 Hear this word, you cows of Bashanr on Mount Samaria,s

you women who oppress the poort and crush the needyu

and say to your husbands,v “Bring us some drinks!w

The Sovereign Lord has sworn by his holiness:

“The timex will surely come

when you will be taken awayy with hooks,z

the last of you with fishhooks.a

You will each go straight out

through breaches in the wall,a

and you will be cast out toward Harmon,b

declares the Lord.

“Go to Bethelb and sin;

go to Gilgalc and sin yet more.

Bring your sacrifices every morning,d

your tithese every three years.c f

Burn leavened breadg as a thank offering

and brag about your freewill offeringsh

boast about them, you Israelites,

for this is what you love to do,”

declares the Sovereign Lord.

“I gave you empty stomachs in every city

and lack of bread in every town,

yet you have not returned to me,”

declares the Lord.i

“I also withheldj rain from you

when the harvest was still three months away.

I sent rain on one town,

but withheld it from another.k

One field had rain;

another had none and dried up.

People staggered from town to town for waterl

but did not get enoughm to drink,

yet you have not returnedn to me,”

declares the Lord.o

“Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards,

destroying them with blight and mildew.p

Locustsq devoured your fig and olive trees,r

yet you have not returneds to me,”

declares the Lord.

10 “I sent plaguest among you

as I did to Egypt.u

I killed your young menv with the sword,

along with your captured horses.

I filled your nostrils with the stenchw of your camps,

yet you have not returned to me,”x

declares the Lord.y

11 “I overthrew some of you

as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.z

You were like a burning sticka snatched from the fire,

yet you have not returned to me,”

declares the Lord.b

12 “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel,

and because I will do this to you, Israel,

prepare to meet your God.”

13 He who forms the mountains,c

who creates the wind,d

and who reveals his thoughtse to mankind,

who turns dawn to darkness,

and treads on the heights of the earthf

the Lord God Almighty is his name.g

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