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    The Book of Amos

    Chapter 1

    Amos 1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

    Amos 1:2 He said: “Yahweh will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the pastures of the shepherds will mourn, and the top of Carmel will wither.”

    Amos 1:3 Thus says Yahweh: “for three transgressions of Damascus, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron;

    Amos 1:4 but I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, and it will devour the palaces of Ben Hadad.

    Amos 1:5 I will break the bar of Damascus and cut off the inhabitant from the valley of Aven, and him who holds the scepter from the house of Eden; and the people of Syria will go into captivity to Kir,” says Yahweh.

    Amos 1:6 Thus says Yahweh: “for three transgressions of Gaza, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they took away captive the whole community, to deliver them up to Edom;

    Amos 1:7 but I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, and it will devour its palaces.

    Amos 1:8 I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him who holds the scepter from Ashkelon; and I will turn my hand against Ekron; and the remnant of the Philistines will perish,” says the Lord Yahweh.

    Amos 1:9 Thus says Yahweh: “For three transgressions of Tyre, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they delivered up the whole community to Edom, and did not remember the brotherly covenant;

    Amos 1:10 but I will send a fire on the wall of Tyre, and it will devour its palaces.”

    Amos 1:11 Thus says Yahweh: “for three transgressions of Edom, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because he pursued his brother with the sword, and cast off all pity, and his anger raged continually, and he kept his wrath forever;

    Amos 1:12 but I will send a fire on Teman, and it will devour the palaces of Bozrah.”

    Amos 1:13 Thus says Yahweh: “for three transgressions of the children of Ammon, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they have ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead, that they may enlarge their border.

    Amos 1:14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it will devour its palaces, with shouting in the day of battle, with a storm in the day of the whirlwind; 15 and their king will go into captivity, he and his leaders together,” says Yahweh.

    Chapter 2

    Amos 2:1 Thus says Yahweh: “For three transgressions of Moab, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime;

    Amos 2:2 but I will send a fire on Moab, and it will devour the palaces of Kerioth; and Moab will die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet;

    Amos 2:3 and I will cut off the judge from their midst, and will kill all its princes with him,” says Yahweh.

    Amos 2:4 Thus says Yahweh: “For three transgressions of Judah, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they have rejected Yahweh’s law, and have not kept His statutes, and their lies have led them astray, after which their fathers walked;

    Amos 2:5 But I will send a fire on Judah, and it will devour the palaces of Jerusalem.”

    Amos 2:6 Thus says Yahweh: “For three transgressions of Israel, yes, for four, I will not turn away its punishment; because they have sold the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes;

    Amos 2:7 They trample on the dust of the land on the head of the poor, and deny justice to the oppressed; and a man and his father use the same maiden, to profane My holy name;

    Amos 2:8 and they lay themselves down beside every altar on clothes taken in pledge; and in the house of their Elohim. They drink the wine of those who have been fined.

    Amos 2:9 Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.

    Amos 2:10 Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and led you forty years in the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.

    Amos 2:11 I raised up some of your sons for prophets, and some of your young men for Nazarites. Is this not true, you children of Israel?” says Yahweh.

    Amos 2:12 “But you gave the Nazarites wine to drink, and commanded the prophets, saying, ‘do not prophesy!’

    Amos 2:13 Behold, I will smash you down in your place, as a wagon smashes when full of sheaves.

    Amos 2:14 Flight will perish from the fast; and the strong will not strengthen his force; neither will the mighty deliver himself;

    Amos 2:15 neither will he stand who handles the bow; and he who is fast of foot will not escape; neither will he who rides the horse deliver himself;

    Amos 2:16 and he who is courageous among the mighty will flee away naked on that day,” says Yahweh.

    Chapter 3

    Amos 3:1 Hear this word that Yahweh has spoken against you, children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying:

    Amos 3:2 “you only have I chosen of all the families of the land. Therefore, I will punish you for all your sins.”

    Amos 3:3 Do two walk together, unless they have appointed a time to agree?

    Amos 3:4 Will a lion roar in the thicket, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out of his den if he has caught nothing?

    Amos 3:5 Can a bird fall in a trap on the land, where no snare is set for him? Does a snare spring up from the ground when there is nothing to catch?

    Amos 3:6 Does the trumpet alarm sound in a city, without the people being afraid? Does evil happen to a city, and Yahweh has not done it?

    Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord Yahweh will do nothing unless He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.

    Amos 3:8 The lion has roared. Who will not fear? The Lord Yahweh has spoken. Who can but prophesy?

    Amos 3:9 Proclaim in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, “assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria, and see what unrest is in her, and what oppression is among them.”

    Amos 3:10 “Indeed they do not know how to do right,” says Yahweh, “who hoard plunder and loot in their palaces.”

    Amos 3:11 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh: “an adversary will overrun the land; and he will pull down your strongholds, and your fortresses will be plundered.”

    Amos 3:12 Thus says Yahweh: “as the shepherd rescues out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so will the children of Israel be rescued who sit in Samaria on the corner of a couch, and on the silken cushions of a bed.”

    Amos 3:13 “Listen, and testify against the house of Jacob,” says the Lord Yahweh, the God of Armies.

    Amos 3:14 “For in the day that I visit the transgressions of Israel on him, I will also visit the altars of Bethel; and the horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground.

    Amos 3:15 I will strike the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory will perish, and the great houses will have an end,” says Yahweh.

    Chapter 4

    Amos 4:1 Listen to this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who tell their husbands, “bring us drinks!”

    Amos 4:2 The Lord Yahweh has sworn by His holiness that behold, “the days will come on you that they will take you away with hooks, and the last of you with fish hooks.

    Amos 4:3 You will go out at the breaks in the wall, everyone straight before her; and you will cast yourselves into Harmon,” says Yahweh.

    Amos 4:4 “Go to Bethel, and sin, to Gilgal, and sin more. Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days,

    Amos 4:5 offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened and proclaim free will offerings and brag about them: for this pleases you, you children of Israel,” says the Lord Yahweh.

    Amos 4:6 “I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in every town; yet you have not returned to Me,” says Yahweh.

    Amos 4:7 “I also have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest; and I caused it to rain on one city and caused it not to rain on another city. One place was rained on, and the piece where it did not rain withered.

    Amos 4:8 So two or three cities staggered to one city to drink water, and were not satisfied: yet you have not returned to Me,” says Yahweh.

    Amos 4:9 “I struck you with blight and mildew many times in your gardens and your vineyards; and your fig trees and your olive trees have the swarming locust devoured: yet you have not returned to Me,” says Yahweh.

    Amos 4:10 “I sent plagues among you like I did Egypt. I have slain your young men with the sword and have taken away your horses; and I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camp, yet you have not returned to Me,” says Yahweh.

    Amos 4:11 “I have overthrown some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a burning stick plucked out of the fire; yet you have not returned to Me,” says Yahweh.

    Amos 4:12 “Therefore thus I will do to you, Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, Israel!

    Amos 4:13 For, behold, He who shapes the mountains, and creates the spirit, and explains to man what are His thoughts; who makes the morning darkness, and marches against the high places of the land: Yahweh, the God of Armies, is His name.”

    Chapter 5

    Amos 5:1 Listen to this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel.

    Amos 5:2 “The virgin of Israel has been overthrown; she will not increase again. She is abandoned on her land; there is no one to multiply her.”

    Amos 5:3 For thus says the Lord Yahweh: “the city that sent out a thousand will have a hundred left, and that which sent out one hundred will have ten left to the house of Israel.”

    Amos 5:4 For thus says Yahweh to the house of Israel: “seek Me, and you will live;

    Amos 5:5 but do not seek Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and do not pass to Beersheba: for Gilgal will surely go into captivity, and Bethel will come to nothing.

    Amos 5:6 Seek Yahweh and you will live; unless He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, and there be no one to quench it in Bethel.

    Amos 5:7 You who turn justice to wormwood, and righteousness ceases in the land:

    Amos 5:8 seek Him who made the Pleiades and Orion, and turns the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night; who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the land, Yahweh is His name,

    Amos 5:9 who brings sudden destruction on the strong, so that destruction comes on the fortress.

    Amos 5:10 They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks blamelessly.

    Amos 5:11 Therefore because you trample on the poor and take taxes from him of wheat: you have built houses of cut stone, but you will not dwell in them. You have planted pleasant vineyards, but you will not drink their wine.

    Amos 5:12 For I know how many your offenses are and how great are your sins — you who afflict the just, who take a bribe, and who turn aside the needy in the courts.

    Amos 5:13 Therefore a prudent person keeps silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.

    Amos 5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so, Yahweh, the God of Armies, will be with you, as you say.

    Amos 5:15 Hate evil, love good, and establish justice in the courts. It may be that Yahweh, the God of Armies, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.”

    Amos 5:16 Therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Armies, the Lord: “wailing will be in all the broad ways; and they will say in all the streets, ‘Alas! Alas!’ And they will call the farmer to mourning, and those who are skillful in lamentation to wailing.

    Amos 5:17 In all vineyards there will be wailing; for I will pass through the midst of you,” says Yahweh.

    Amos 5:18 “Woe to you who desire the day of Yahweh! Why do you long for the day of Yahweh? It is darkness, and not light.

    Amos 5:19 As if a man fled from a lion, and a bear met him; or he went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a snake bit him.

    Amos 5:20 Will not the day of Yahweh be darkness, and not light and even very dark and no brightness in it?

    Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise your feasts, and I can’t stand your solemn assemblies.

    Amos 5:22 Yes, though you offer Me your ascension offerings and meal offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.

    Amos 5:23 Take away from Me the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.

    Amos 5:24 But let justice roll on like rivers, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

    Amos 5:25 “Did you bring to Me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, house of Israel?

    Amos 5:26 You also carried the tent of your king and the shrine of your images, the star of your god, which you made for yourselves.

    Amos 5:27 Therefore I will cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus,” says Yahweh, whose name is the God of Armies.

    Chapter 6

    Amos 6:1 Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who are secure on the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the chief of the nations, to who the house of Israel comes!

    Amos 6:2 Go to Calneh and see; and from there go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are they better than these kingdoms? Or is their border greater than your border?

    Amos 6:3 Those who put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;

    Amos 6:4 who lie on beds of ivory, and stretch themselves on their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;

    Amos 6:5 who strum on the strings of a harp; who invent for themselves instruments of music, like David;

    Amos 6:6 who drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the best oils; but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.

    Amos 6:7 Therefore they will now go captive with the first who go captive; and the feasting and lounging will end.

    Amos 6:8 “The Lord Yahweh has sworn by Himself,” says Yahweh, the God of Armies: “I abhor the pride of Jacob and detest his fortresses. Therefore, I will deliver up the city with all that is in it.

    Amos 6:9 It will happen, if there remain ten men in one house they will die.

    Amos 6:10 “When a man’s relative takes him, even he who burns him, to bring bodies out of the house, and asks him who is in the innermost parts of the house, ‘is there yet any with you?’ And he says, ‘no;’ then he will say, ‘hush! Indeed, we must not mention the name of Yahweh.’

    Amos 6:11 “For, behold, Yahweh commands, and the great house will be smashed to pieces, and the little house into bits.

    Amos 6:12 Do horses run on the rocky crags? Does one plow there with oxen? But you have turned justice into poison, and the fruit of righteousness into bitterness;

    Amos 6:13 you who rejoice in worthless words, who say, ‘have we not taken for ourselves two horns by our own strength?’

    Amos 6:14 For, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, house of Israel,” says Yahweh, the God of Armies; “and they will afflict you from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of the Arabah.”

    Chapter 7

    Amos 7:1 Thus the Lord Yahweh showed me: and behold, He formed locusts in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and behold, it was the latter growth after the king’s harvest.

    Amos 7:2 It happened that, when they made an end of eating the herb of the land, then I said, “Lord Yahweh, forgive, I beg You! How could Jacob stand? For he is small.”

    Amos 7:3 Yahweh relented concerning this. “it will not be,” says Yahweh.

    Amos 7:4 Thus the Lord Yahweh showed me and behold, the Lord Yahweh called for judgment by fire; and it dried up the great deep and would have devoured the land.

    Amos 7:5 Then I said, “Lord Yahweh, stop, I beg You! How could Jacob stand? For he is small.”

    Amos 7:6 Yahweh relented concerning this. “This also will not be,” says the Lord Yahweh.

    Amos 7:7 Thus he showed me and behold, the Lord stood beside a wall made by a plumb line, with a plumb line in His hand.

    Amos 7:8 Yahweh said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” I said, “a plumb line.” Then the Lord said, “behold, I will set a plumb line in the midst of My people Israel. I will not again pass by them anymore.

    Amos 7:9 The high places of Isaac will be desolate, the sanctuaries of Israel will be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.”

    Amos 7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel. The land is not able to handle all his words.

    Amos 7:11 For Amos says, ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely be led away captive out of his land.’”

    Amos 7:12 Amaziah also said to Amos, “you seer, go, flee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:

    Amos 7:13 but do not prophesy again any longer at Bethel; for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a royal house!”

    Amos 7:14 Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet’s son; but I was a herdsman, and a farmer of sycamore figs;

    Amos 7:15 and Yahweh took me from following the flock, and Yahweh said to me, ‘go, prophesy to My people Israel.’

    Amos 7:16 Now therefore listen to the word of Yahweh: ‘you say, do not prophesy against Israel, and do not drop a word against the house of Isaac.’

    Amos 7:17 Therefore thus says Yahweh: ‘your wife will be a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters will fall by the sword, and your land will be divided by line; and you yourself will die in a land that is unclean, and Israel will surely be removed out of his land.’”

    Chapter 8

    Amos 8:1 Thus the Lord Yahweh showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit.

    Amos 8:2 He said, “Amos, what do you see?” I said, “a basket of summer fruit.” Then Yahweh said to me, “the end has come on My people Israel. I will not again pass by them anymore.

    Amos 8:3 The songs of the temple will be wailings in that day,” says the Lord Yahweh. “The dead bodies will be many. In every place they will throw them out with silence.

    Amos 8:4 Hear this, you who desire to swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to cease,

    Amos 8:5 saying, ‘when will the new moon be gone that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may market wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel large, and dealing falsely with balances of deceit;

    Amos 8:6 that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes, and sell the chaff sweepings with the wheat?’”

    Amos 8:7 Yahweh has sworn by the pride of Jacob, “surely, I will never forget any of their works.

    Amos 8:8 Will not the land tremble for this, and everyone mourn who dwells in it? Yes, it will rise up wholly like the River and it will be stirred up and sink again, like the Nile.

    Amos 8:9 It will happen in that day,” says the Lord Yahweh, “that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the land in the clear day.

    Amos 8:10 I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will make you wear sackcloth on all your bodies, and baldness on every head. I will make it like the mourning for an only son, and its end like a bitter day.

    Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come,” says the Lord Yahweh, “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 Yahweh.

    Amos 8:12 They will wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they will run back and forth to seek the word of Yahweh and will not find it.

    Amos 8:13 In that day the beautiful virgins and the young men will faint for thirst.

    Amos 8:14 Those who swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, ‘your gods live’, O Dan, and ‘as the way of Beersheba lives;’ they will fall, and never rise up again.”