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Amos 1:1–4:13

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*The words of Amos, awho was among the herdmen of bTekoa, which he saw concerning Israel cin the days of dUzziah king of Judah, and in the days of e*Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before fthe earthquake. And he said,

gThe Lord will roar from Zion,

gAnd utter his voice from Jerusalem;

And hthe habitations of the shepherds shall mourn,

And ithe top of jkCarmel shall wither.

Thus saith the Lord;

lFor three transgressions of mDamascus,

l||And for four, I will not ||turn away the punishment thereof;

oBecause they have threshed jpGilead with qthreshing instruments of iron:

rBut I will send a fire into the house of sHazael,

rWhich shall devour the palaces of sBen-hadad.

I will break also tthe bar of mDamascus,

And cut off the inhabitant from ||uthe plain of uuAven,

And vhim that holdeth the sceptre from ||the house of wEden:

And xthe people of Syria shall go into captivity xunto yKir, saith the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord;

lFor three transgressions of zaGaza,

lAnd for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof;

bBecause they ||carried away captive the whole captivity,

cTo deliver them up dto Edom:

eBut I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza,

eWhich shall devour the palaces thereof:

And I will cut off the inhabitant from afAshdod,

And ghim that holdeth the sceptre from ahAshkelon,

And I will iturn mine hand against akEkron:

And blthe remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord God.

Thus saith the Lord;

mFor three transgressions of nTyrus,

mAnd for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof;

oBecause they delivered up the whole captivity dto Edom,

And remembered not pthe brotherly covenant:

10  eBut I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus,

eWhich shall devour the palaces thereof.

11  Thus saith the Lord;

mFor three transgressions of qrEdom,

mAnd for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof;

qBecause he did pursue shis brother twith the sword,

And did cast off all pity,

And this anger did tear perpetually,

And he kept his wrath for ever:

12  eBut I will send a fire upon vTeman,

eWhich shall devour the palaces of wBozrah.

13  Thus saith the Lord;

mFor three transgressions of the children of rxAmmon,

mAnd for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof;

Because ythey have ||ripped up the women with child of Gilead,

xThat they might enlarge their border:

14  eBut zI will kindle a fire in the wall of aRabbah,

eAnd it shall devour the palaces thereof,

bWith shouting in the day of battle,

With a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:

15  And ctheir king shall go into captivity,

cHe and his princes together, saith the Lord.

2 Thus saith the Lord;

aFor three transgressions of bMoab,

aAnd for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof;

cBecause he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:

dBut I will send a fire upon Moab,

dAnd it shall devour the palaces of eKerioth:

And Moab shall die with ftumult,

gWith shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet:

And I will cut off hthe judge from the midst thereof,

And will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the Lord.

Thus saith the Lord;

aFor three transgressions of Judah,

aAnd for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof;

iBecause they have despised the law of the Lord,

And ihave not kept his commandments,

And ktheir lies caused them to err,

lAfter the which their fathers have walked:

dBut mI will send a fire upon Judah,

dAnd mit shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.

Thus saith the Lord;

aFor three transgressions of Israel,

aAnd for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof;

Because nthey sold the righteous ofor silver,

oAnd the poor for a pair of shoes;

pThat pant after qthe dust of the earth on the head of the poor,

And rturn aside the way of the meek:

And sa man and his father will go in unto the same ||maid,

tTo profane my holy name:

And they lay themselves down upon uclothes laid to pledge vby every altar,

And they drink the wine of ||wthe condemned vin the house of their god.

Yet xdestroyed I the Amorite before them,

yWhose height was like the height of the cedars,

And he was strong as yythe oaks;

Yet zI destroyed his fruit from above,

And zhis roots from beneath.

10  Also aI brought you up from the land of Egypt,

And bled you forty years through the wilderness,

cTo possess the land of the Amorite.

11  And I raised up of your sons for prophets,

And of your young men for dNazarites.

Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the Lord.

12  But eye gave the Nazarites wine to drink;

And commanded the prophets, fsaying, Prophesy not.

13  Behold, ||hI am pressed under you,

As a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.

14  Therefore ithe flight shall perish from jkthe swift,

And jlthe strong shall not strengthen his force,

mNeither shall the mighty deliver himself:

15  Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow;

And he that is knswift of foot shall not deliver himself:

joNeither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.

16  And he that is courageous among pthe mighty

Shall flee away naked in that day, saith the Lord.

3 aHear this word that the Lord hath spoken against you, bO children of Israel,

Against the whole family cwhich I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,

dYou only ehave I known of all the families of the earth:

fTherefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.

gCan two walk together, except they be agreed?

hWill ia lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey?

iWill a young lion cry out of his kden, if he have taken nothing?

lCan a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him?

lShall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?

eeShall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people ||not be afraid?

ffShall there be ggevil in a city, ||and ffthe Lord hath not done it?

Surely the Lord God will do nothing,

hhBut he revealeth jhis secret unto his servants the prophets.

iThe lion hath roared, who will not fear?

The Lord God hath spoken, kkwho can but prophesy?

Publish in the palaces at llAshdod,

And in the palaces in the land of Egypt,

And say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of mSamaria,

And behold the great tumults in the midst thereof,

And the ||noppressed in the midst thereof.

10  For othey know not to do right, saith the Lord,

Who store up ooviolence and ||robbery in their palaces.

11  Therefore thus saith the Lord God;

pAn adversary there shall be even round about the land;

And he shall bring down thy strength from thee,

And pthy palaces shall be spoiled.

12  Thus saith the Lord;

As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion qtwo legs, or qa piece of an ear;

So shall the children of Israel be taken out

That dwell in mSamaria rin the corner of a bed, and ||rrin Damascus in a couch.

13  aHear ye, and testify sin the house of Jacob,

Saith the Lord God, ssthe God of hosts,

14  That in the day that I shall ||visit the transgressions of Israel upon him

I will also ||visit tthe altars of uBeth-el:

And vthe horns of the altar shall be cut off,

And vfall to the ground.

15  And I wwill smite xthe winter house with ythe summer house;

And zthe houses of ivory shall perish,

And the great houses shall have an end, saith the Lord.

4 aHear this word, bye kine of Bashan, that are in bbthe mountain of cSamaria,

Which doppress the poor, which dcrush the needy,

Which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

The Lord God ehath sworn by his holiness,

That, lo, the days shall come upon you,

That fhe will take you away with hooks,

And your gposterity with fishhooks.

And hye shall go out at the breaches, every cow iat that which is before her;

And ||ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the Lord.

kCome to lBeth-el, and lltransgress;

mAt Gilgal multiply transgression;

And nbring your sacrifices every morning,

And oyour tithes after three years:

And offer pa sacrifice of thanksgiving qwith leaven,

And proclaim and publish qqthe free offerings:

For this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord God.

And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,

And rwant of bread in all your places:

sYet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

And also tI have withholden the rain from you,

uWhen there were yet three months to the harvest:

And I vcaused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city:

One piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.

So two or three cities vvwandered unto one city, to drink water;

But they were not satisfied:

sYet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

wI have smitten you with blasting and mildew:

||When your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased,

xThe palmerworm xxdevoured them:

sYet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

10  I have sent among you the pestilence ||yafter the manner of Egypt:

Your young men have I slain with the sword, and zhave taken away your horses;

And I have made athe stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils:

sYet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

11  I have overthrown some of you, bas God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,

And ye were as cda firebrand ceplucked out of the burning:

sYet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.

12  Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel:

And because I will do this unto thee,

fPrepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

13  For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the ||wind,

And gdeclareth unto man what is his thought,

hThat maketh the morning idarkness,

And ktreadeth klupon the high places of the earth,

mThe Lord, nThe God of hosts, is his name.

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*

a

2 Kin. 3:4 (Heb.). So ch. 7:14, 15.

b

See 2 Sam. 14:2. Comp. ch. 7:12.

c

See Hos. 1:1.

d
e
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f
g

See Joel 3:16. So Isai. 31:4. ch. 3:4, 8.

g

See Joel 3:16. So Isai. 31:4. ch. 3:4, 8.

h

See Ps. 65:12.

i

ch. 9:3.

j
k

See Josh. 19:26. Comp. Isai. 33:9. & 35:2.

l

ver. 6, 9, 11, 13. ch. 2:1, 4, 6. Comp. Prov. 30:15, 18, 21, 29. See Prov. 6:16.

m
l

ver. 6, 9, 11, 13. ch. 2:1, 4, 6. Comp. Prov. 30:15, 18, 21, 29. See Prov. 6:16.

||

Or, yea, for four.

||

Or, nconvert it, or, let it be quiet: and so ver. 6, &c.

o
j
p

2 Kin. 10:33. Comp. ver. 13.

q
r

Jer. 49:27. So Hos. 8:14. ver. 7, 10, 12, (14). ch. 2:2, 5. Comp. Ezek. 39:6.

s
r

Jer. 49:27. So Hos. 8:14. ver. 7, 10, 12, (14). ch. 2:2, 5. Comp. Ezek. 39:6.

s
t
m
||

Or, Bikath-aven.

u
uu

Comp. Hos. 4:15. & 5:8.

v

ver. 8.

||

Or, Beth-eden.

w

[Fulfilled, 2 Kin. 16:9].

x

ch. 9:7.

x

ch. 9:7.

y
l

ver. 6, 9, 11, 13. ch. 2:1, 4, 6. Comp. Prov. 30:15, 18, 21, 29. See Prov. 6:16.

z
a
l

ver. 6, 9, 11, 13. ch. 2:1, 4, 6. Comp. Prov. 30:15, 18, 21, 29. See Prov. 6:16.

b
||

Or, carried them away with an entire captivity.

c

ver. 9. ch. 6:8. Obad. 14. See 1 Sam. 23:12. & Lam. 2:7.

d

See ver. 11.

e

See ver. 4.

e

See ver. 4.

a
f

ch. 3:9. See 1 Sam. 5:1.

g

ver. 5.

a
h
i

See Ps. 81:14.

a
k
b
l
m

See ver. 3.

n

See Joel 3:4.

m

See ver. 3.

o

So ver. 6.

d

See ver. 11.

Heb. the covenant of brethren. Comp. Ezek. 34:25.

p
e

See ver. 4.

e

See ver. 4.

m

See ver. 3.

q

So ver. 6, 9. See Joel 3:19. Comp. Ps. 137:7. Mal. 1:4.

r

Jer. 25:21–23. & 27:3. So ver. 9. ch. 2:1.

m

See ver. 3.

q

So ver. 6, 9. See Joel 3:19. Comp. Ps. 137:7. Mal. 1:4.

s
t

Heb. corrupted uhis compassions.

t
e

See ver. 4.

v
e

See ver. 4.

w
m

See ver. 3.

r

Jer. 25:21–23. & 27:3. So ver. 9. ch. 2:1.

x
m

See ver. 3.

y

See Hos. 13:16. Comp. ver. 3.

||

Or, divided the mountains.

x
e

See ver. 4.

z
a
e

See ver. 4.

b

ch. 2:2.

c
c
a

See ch. 1:3.

b

Zeph. 2:8, 9. See Isai. 15:1. & ch. 1:11.

a

See ch. 1:3.

c

Comp. 2 Kin. 3:27.

d

See ch. 1:4.

d

See ch. 1:4.

e
f
g

ch. 1:14.

h
a

See ch. 1:3.

a

See ch. 1:3.

i
i
k
l
d

See ch. 1:4.

m
d

See ch. 1:4.

m
a

See ch. 1:3.

a

See ch. 1:3.

n
o

ch. 8:6.

o

ch. 8:6.

p

See ch. 8:4.

q

See Lam. 2:10.

r
s
||

Or, young woman. Ruth 2:6 (Heb.).

t
u
v

Comp. 1 Cor. 8:10. & 10:21.

||

Or, such as have fined, or, wmulcted.

w
v

Comp. 1 Cor. 8:10. & 10:21.

x
y
yy

See Hos. 4:13.

z

See Job 18:16.

z

See Job 18:16.

a

ch. 3:1. So Ex. 12:51. See Mic. 6:4.

b
c

Dt. 2:31 (Heb.).

d
e

See Num. 6:3.

f

ch. 7:16. So Mic. 2:6. See Isai. 30:10. Comp. ch. 7:12, 13.

||

Or, I will press gyour place, as a cart full of sheaves presseth.

h
i

See Ps. 142:4. So ch. 9:1.

j
k
j
l
m

Heb. his soul, or, life. ver. 15. See Esther 9:31.

k
n

2 Sam. 2:18 (Heb.).

j
o

Heb. strong of his heart.

p
a

ver. 13. ch. 4:1. & 5:1. & 7:16. & 8:4. So Joel 1:2. See Hos. 5:1.

b

ch. 1:1. Comp. ch. 2:4, 6.

c

See ch. 2:10.

d
e
f

Heb. visit upon. ver. 14. See Hos. 3:5.

g

Comp. Matt. 5:25.

h

ver. 8. See Jer. 2:15. & ch. 1:2.

i
i

Heb. hgive forth his voice. See Ps. 104:12.

k
l
l
ee

See Job 39:24. & Joel 2:1. Comp. Ezek. 33:4.

||

Or, not run together?

ff
gg
||

Or, and shall not the Lord do somewhat?

ff
hh
j

See Job 29:4.

i
kk
ll

See ch. 1:8.

m

ver. 12. See Jer. 23:13.

||

Or, oppressions. Job 35:9? Eccles. 4:1.

n
o
oo

ch. 6:3. See Mic. 6:12.

||

Or, spoil. ch. 5:9. See Hos. 7:13.

p
p

Heb. delivereth. See Ezek. 3:19. So ch. 4:11 (Heb.).

q

Comp. Ex. 22:13.

q

Comp. Ex. 22:13.

m

ver. 12. See Jer. 23:13.

r

So ch. 6:4. Comp. ch. 4:1.

||

Or, on the bed’s feet.

rr

Comp. Isai. 7:2, 5. ch. 5:27. See ch. 1:3. Or rather comp. Job 22:24.

a

ver. 13. ch. 4:1. & 5:1. & 7:16. & 8:4. So Joel 1:2. See Hos. 5:1.

s
ss

Ps 80:7, 14. ch. 4:13. & 5:14–16, 27. & 6:8, 14.

||

Or, punish Israel for. See ver. 2.

||

Or, punish Israel for. See ver. 2.

t

1 Kin. 13:1, &c. Comp. Hos. 10:15.

u

Hos. 10:15. & 12:4. ch. 4:4. & 5:5, 6. & 7:10, 13. Comp. Hos. 4:15, &c.

v
v
w

ch. 6:11.

x
y
z
a

See ch. 3:1.

b

See Ps. 22:12. Comp. Isai. 28:1. Ezek. 34:16. ch. 3:12. & 6:1. Or as Isai. 3:16?

bb

ch. 6:1.

c
d

See Hos. 5:11.

d

See Hos. 5:11.

e

See Ps. 89:35.

f
g

See Dan. 11:4.

h

So Ezek. 12:5, 12. Comp. Ezek. 13:5.

i
||

Or, ye shall cast away the things of the palace.

k
l

See ch. 3:14.

ll

Comp. ch. 5:14.

m

See Hos. 4:15. So ch. 5:5.

n
o

Heb. three years of days. Comp. Gen. 24:55. Jer. 28:3.

Heb. offer by burning. See Jer. 1:16.

p
q
qq

Heb. so ye love. Hos. 9:10. Comp. Ps. 81:11, 12.

r
s

ver. 8–11. So Hagg. 2:17. See Jer. 15:7.

t

See Jer. 3:3.

u

Comp. Joel 2:23.

v

Comp. Ex. 10:23.

vv

ch. 8:12.

s

ver. 8–11. So Hagg. 2:17. See Jer. 15:7.

w
||

Or, The multitude of your gardens, &c. did the palmerworm, &c.

x

See Joel 1:4.

xx
s

ver. 8–11. So Hagg. 2:17. See Jer. 15:7.

||

Or, in the way. Isai. 10:24, 26. So Ezek. 20:30. See ch. 8:14.

y

Heb. with the captivity of your horses.

z
a

See Joel 2:20.

s

ver. 8–11. So Hagg. 2:17. See Jer. 15:7.

b
c

Zec. 3:2 (Heb.). So Jude 23. Comp. Jer. 6:29.

d
c

Zec. 3:2 (Heb.). So Jude 23. Comp. Jer. 6:29.

e

See ch. 3:12.

s

ver. 8–11. So Hagg. 2:17. See Jer. 15:7.

f

Comp. Luke 14:31, 32.

||

Or, spirit. Eccles. 3:21. & 12:7. Eze. 37:9 (Heb.).

g

So Ps. 139:2. Comp. Dan. 2:22, 28.

h

So ch. 5:8. & 8:9. Comp. Joel 2:2.

i
k
k
l
m

See Jer. 10:16. So Jer. 16:21. & 33:2. ch. 5:8, 27. & 9:6.

n

See ch. 3:13.