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Amos 8:11–14

11 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God,

“That I will send a famine on the land,

Not a famine of bread,

Nor a thirst for water,

But qof hearing the words of the Lord.

12 They shall wander from sea to sea,

And from north to east;

They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,

But shall rnot find it.

13 “In that day the fair virgins

And strong young men

Shall faint from thirst.

14 Those who sswear by tthe 5sin of Samaria,

Who say,

‘As your god lives, O Dan!’

And, ‘As the way of uBeersheba lives!’

They shall fall and never rise again.”

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Amos 8:11–14 — The New International Version (NIV)

11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord,

“when I will send a famine through the land—

not a famine of food or a thirst for water,

but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.

12 People will stagger from sea to sea

and wander from north to east,

searching for the word of the Lord,

but they will not find it.

13 “In that day

“the lovely young women and strong young men

will faint because of thirst.

14 Those who swear by the sin of Samaria—

who say, ‘As surely as your god lives, Dan,’

or, ‘As surely as the god of Beersheba lives’—

they will fall, never to rise again.”

Amos 8:11–14 — English Standard Version (ESV)

11 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God,

“when I will send a famine on the land—

not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,

but of hearing the words of the Lord.

12 They shall wander from sea to sea,

and from north to east;

they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord,

but they shall not find it.

13 “In that day the lovely virgins and the young men

shall faint for thirst.

14 Those who swear by the Guilt of Samaria,

and say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan,’

and, ‘As the Way of Beersheba lives,’

they shall fall, and never rise again.”

Amos 8:11–14 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God,

That I will send a famine in the land,

Not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,

But of hearing the words of the Lord:

12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east,

They shall run to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria,

And say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth;

And, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth;

Even they shall fall, and never rise up again.

Amos 8:11–14 — New Living Translation (NLT)

11 “The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord,

“when I will send a famine on the land—

not a famine of bread or water

but of hearing the words of the Lord.

12 People will stagger from sea to sea

and wander from border to border

searching for the word of the Lord,

but they will not find it.

13 Beautiful girls and strong young men

will grow faint in that day,

thirsting for the Lord’s word.

14 And those who swear by the shameful idols of Samaria—

who take oaths in the name of the god of Dan

and make vows in the name of the god of Beersheba—

they will all fall down,

never to rise again.”

Amos 8:11–14 — New Century Version (NCV)

11 The Lord God says: “The days are coming

when I will cause a time of hunger in the land.

The people will not be hungry for bread or thirsty for water,

but they will be hungry for words from the Lord.

12 They will wander from the Mediterranean Sea to the Dead Sea,

from the north to the east.

They will search for the word of the Lord,

but they won’t find it.

13 At that time the beautiful young women and the young men

will become weak from thirst.

14 They make promises by the idol in Samaria

and say, ‘As surely as the god of Dan lives …’

and, ‘As surely as the god of Beersheba lives, we promise …’

So they will fall

and never get up again.”

Amos 8:11–14 — American Standard Version (ASV)

11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord Jehovah, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Jehovah. 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the word of Jehovah, and shall not find it. 13 In that day shall the fair virgins and the young men faint for thirst. 14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, As thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, As the way of Beer-sheba liveth; they shall fall, and never rise up again.

Amos 8:11–14 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

11 Behold, days come, saith the Lord Jehovah, when I will send a famine in the land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Jehovah. 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the word of Jehovah, and shall not find it. 13 In that day shall the fair virgins and the young men faint for thirst; 14 they that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, As thy god, O Dan, liveth! and, As the way of Beer-sheba liveth! even they shall fall, and never rise up again.

Amos 8:11–14 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

11 The days are going to come, declares the Almighty Lord

when I will send a famine throughout the land. 

It won’t be an ordinary famine or drought. 

Instead, there will be a famine of hearing the words of the Lord

12 People will wander from sea to sea 

and roam from the north to the east, 

searching for the Lord’s word. 

But they won’t find it. 

13 On that day beautiful young women and strong young men 

will faint because of their thirst. 

14 ⸤How horrible it will be for⸥ those who swear by Ashimah, 

the idol of Samaria, and say, 

“I solemnly swear, Dan, as your god lives.…” 

“I solemnly swear as long as there is a road to Beersheba.…” 

Those who say this will fall and never get up again. 

Amos 8:11–14 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

11 Hear this! The days are coming—

this is the declaration of the Lord God

when I will send a famine through the land:

not a famine of bread or a thirst for water,

but of hearing the words of the Lord.

12 People will stagger from sea to sea

and roam from north to east,

seeking the word of the Lord,

but they will not find it.

13 In that day the beautiful young women,

the young men also, will faint from thirst.

14 Those who swear by the guilt of Samaria

and say, “As your god lives, Dan,”

or “As the way of Beer-sheba lives” —

they will fall, never to rise again.

Amos 8:11–14 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

11 The time is surely coming, says the Lord God,

when I will send a famine on the land;

not a famine of bread, or a thirst for water,

but of hearing the words of the Lord.

12 They shall wander from sea to sea,

and from north to east;

they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,

but they shall not find it.

13 In that day the beautiful young women and the young men

shall faint for thirst.

14 Those who swear by Ashimah of Samaria,

and say, “As your god lives, O Dan,”

and, “As the way of Beer-sheba lives”—

they shall fall, and never rise again.

Amos 8:11–14 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

11 Look, the days are coming,” declares my Lord Yahweh, “when I will send a famine in the land, not a famine for bread and not a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Yahweh! 12 And they will wander from sea to sea and from the north and to the east. They will roam about to seek the word of Yahweh, but they will not find it! 13 In that day the beautiful young women and the young men will faint because of thirst. 14 These are those who swear by the guilt of Samaria and say, ‘By the life of your gods, O Dan,’ and ‘By the life of the way of Beersheba,’ they will fall and they will not rise again.”

Amos 8:11–14 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

11 The Lord and King announces,

“The days are coming

when I will send hunger through the land.

But people will not be hungry for food.

They will not be thirsty for water.

Instead, they will be hungry

to hear a message from me.

12 People will wander from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean.

They will travel from north to east.

They will look for a message from me.

But they will not find it.

13 “At that time

“the lovely young women and strong young men

will faint because they are so thirsty.

14 Some people take oaths in the name

of Samaria’s shameful god.

Others say, ‘People of Dan, you can be sure

that your god is alive.’

Still others say, ‘You can be sure

that Beersheba’s god is alive.’

But all of those people will fall dead.

They will never get up again.”

Amos 8:11–14 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

11 Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God,

“When I will send a famine on the land,

Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water,

But rather for hearing the words of the Lord.

12 “People will stagger from sea to sea

And from the north even to the east;

They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord,

But they will not find it.

13 “In that day the beautiful virgins

And the young men will faint from thirst.

14 As for those who swear by the guilt of Samaria,

Who say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan,’

And, ‘As the way of Beersheba lives,’

They will fall and not rise again.”