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Vision of the Summer Fruit

8 Thus the Lord God showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit. And He said, “Amos, what do you see?”

So I said, “A basket of summer fruit.”

Then the Lord said to me:

a“The end has come upon My people Israel;

bI will not pass by them anymore.

3 And cthe songs of the temple

Shall be wailing in that day,”

Says the Lord God

“Many dead bodies everywhere,

dThey shall be thrown out in silence.”

4 Hear this, you who 1swallow up the needy,

And make the poor of the land fail,


“When will the New Moon be past,

That we may sell grain?

And ethe Sabbath,

That we may 2trade wheat?

fMaking the ephah small and the shekel large,

Falsifying the scales by gdeceit,

6 That we may buy the poor for hsilver,

And the needy for a pair of sandals—

Even sell the bad wheat?”

7 The Lord has sworn by ithe pride of Jacob:

“Surely jI will never forget any of their works.

8 kShall the land not tremble for this,

And everyone mourn who dwells in it?

All of it shall swell like 3the River,

Heave and subside

lLike the River of Egypt.

9 “And it shall come to pass in that day,” says the Lord God,

m“That I will make the sun go down at noon,

And I will darken the earth in 4broad daylight;

10 I will turn your feasts into nmourning,

oAnd all your songs into lamentation;

pI will bring sackcloth on every waist,

And baldness on every head;

I will make it like mourning for an only son,

And its end like a bitter day.

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.”


About The New King James Version

The New King James Version is a total update of the 1611 King James Version, also known as the "Authorized Version." Every attempt has been made to maintain the beauty of the original version while updating the English grammar to contemporary style and usage. The result is much better "readability." It is noteworthy that the NKJV is one of the few modern translations still based on the "Western" or "Byzantine" manuscript tradition. This makes the New King James Version an invaluable aid to comparative English Bible study.


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