Amos 5:10–24

10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in courtd

and detest the one who tells the truth.e

11 You levy a straw tax on the poorf

and impose a tax on their grain.

Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,g

you will not live in them;h

though you have planted lush vineyards,

you will not drink their wine.i

12 For I know how many are your offenses

and how great your sins.j

There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribesk

and deprive the poorl of justice in the courts.m

13 Therefore the prudent keep quietn in such times,

for the times are evil.o

14 Seek good, not evil,

that you may live.p

Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you,

just as you say he is.

15 Hate evil,q love good;r

maintain justice in the courts.s

Perhapst the Lord God Almighty will have mercyu

on the remnantv of Joseph.

16 Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord God Almighty, says:

“There will be wailingw in all the streetsx

and cries of anguish in every public square.

The farmersy will be summoned to weep

and the mourners to wail.

17 There will be wailingz in all the vineyards,

for I will pass througha your midst,”

says the Lord.b

The Day of the Lord

18 Woe to you who long

for the day of the Lord!c

Why do you long for the day of the Lord?d

That day will be darkness,e not light.f

19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion

only to meet a bear,g

as though he entered his house

and rested his hand on the wall

only to have a snake bite him.h

20 Will not the day of the Lord be darkness,i not light—

pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?j

21 “I hate,k I despise your religious festivals;l

your assembliesm are a stench to me.

22 Even though you bring me burnt offeringsn and grain offerings,

I will not accept them.o

Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,

I will have no regard for them.p

23 Away with the noise of your songs!

I will not listen to the music of your harps.q

24 But let justicer roll on like a river,

righteousnesss like a never-failing stream!t

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