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.
And he said, "The Lord will roar from Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; *~11:67, *~11:94, *~15:73, *~15:83, *~23:41, *~36:29 and the habitations of the shepherds will mourn, and the top of Carmel will wither."
Thus the Lord says; "For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron.
But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which will devour the palaces of Benhadad.
I will also break the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him who holds the scepter from the house of Eden, and the people of Syria will go into captivity to Kir," the Lord says.
Thus the Lord says; "For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they carried the whole captivity away captive, to deliver [them] up to Edom.
But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which will devour the palaces thereof.
And 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," the Lord God says.
Thus the Lord says; "For three transgressions of Tyre, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and did not remember the brotherly covenant.
But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyre, which will devour the palaces thereof."
Thus the Lord says; "For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because he pursued his brother with the sword, and cast off all pity, and his anger tore perpetually, and he kept his wrath forever.
But I will send a fire upon Teman, which will devour the palaces of Bozrah."
Thus the Lord says; "For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border.
But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it will devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind.
And their king will go into captivity, he and his princes together," the Lord says.
Thus the Lord says; "For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime.
But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it will devour the palaces of Kerioth, and Moab will die with tumult, with shouting, [and] with the sound of the trumpet. *~11:67, *~11:94, *~15:73, *~15:83, *~23:41, *~36:29
And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him," the Lord says.
Thus the Lord says; "For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they have despised the law of the Lord, and have not kept His commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after which their fathers have walked.
But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it will devour the palaces of Jerusalem."
Thus the Lord says; "For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
Who pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek, and a man and his father will go in to the [same] maid, to profane My holy name.
And they lay [themselves] down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned [in] the house of their god.
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.
Also, I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.
And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. [Is it] not even thus, O you Children of Israel?" The Lord says.
"But you gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, 'Do not prophesy.'
Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed [that is] full of sheaves.
Therefore the flight will perish from the swift, and the strong will not strengthen his force, neither will the mighty deliver himself.
Neither will he stand who handles the bow; and [he who is] swift of foot will not deliver [himself], neither will he who rides the horse deliver himself.
And [he who is] courageous among the mighty will flee away naked in that day," the Lord says.
Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O Children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,
"I have known only you, of all the families of the earth, therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
Can two walk together, unless they have agreed?
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has taken nothing?
Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin [is] for him? Will [one] take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
Should a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? Will there be evil in a city, and the Lord has not done [it]?
Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but He reveals His secret to His servants the prophets.
The lion has roared, who will not fear?" The Lord God has spoken, who can but prophesy?
Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, "Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.
For they do not know to do right," the Lord says, "Who store up violence and robbery in their palaces."
Therefore the Lord God thus says; "An adversary [will] even [be there] around the land; and he will bring down your strength from you, and your palaces will be spoiled."
Thus the Lord says; "As the shepherd takes two legs out of the mouth of the lion, or a piece of an ear; so will the Children of Israel be taken out who dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus [in] a couch.
Hear, and testify in the house of Jacob," the Lord God says, the God of hosts,
"That in the day that I will visit the transgressions of Israel upon him, I will also visit the altars of Bethel, and the horns of the altar will be cut off, and fall to the ground.
And 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," the Lord says.
"Hear this word, you young cows of Bashan, who [are] in the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their masters, 'Bring, and let us drink.'
The Lord God has sworn by His holiness, that, look, the days will come upon you, that He will take away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.
And you will go out at the breaches, every [cow at that which is] before her; and you will cast [them] into the palace," the Lord says.
"Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal, multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, [and] your tithes after three years.
And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim [and] publish the free offerings, love for this, O you Children of Israel," the Lord God says.
"And I have also given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places, yet you have not returned to Me," the Lord says.
"And I have also withheld the rain from you, when [there were] yet three months to the harvest, and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it to not rain upon another city, one piece was rained upon, and the piece withered, whereupon it did not rain.
So two [or] three cities wandered to one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied, yet you have not returned to Me," the Lord says.
"I have struck you with blasting and mildew, when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured [them], yet you have not returned to Me," the Lord says.
"I have sent the pestilence among you after the manner of Egypt, I have slain your young men with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up to your nostrils, yet you have not returned to Me," the Lord says.
"I have overthrown [some] of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning, yet have you not returned to Me," the Lord says.
"Therefore I will thus do to you, O Israel, [and] because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel."
For, look, He who forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and declares to man what [is] his thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads upon the high places of the earth, The Lord, The God of hosts, [is] His name.
Hear this word which I take up against you, [even] a lamentation, O house of Israel.
The virgin of Israel has fallen; she will no longer rise, she is forsaken upon her land; [there are] none to raise her up.
For thus the Lord God says; "The city that went out [by] a thousand will leave a hundred, and that which went forth [by] a hundred will leave ten, to the house of Israel."
For thus the Lord says to the house of Israel, "Seek Me, and you will live."
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.
Seek the Lord, and you will live; unless He breaks out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devours [it], and [there are] none to quench [it] in Bethel.
You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
[Seek Him] who makes the seven stars and Orion, and turn 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 upon the face of the earth, The Lord [is] His name.
Who strengthens the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled will come against the fortress.
They hate him who rebukes in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks uprightly.
Forasmuch therefore as your treading [is] upon the poor, and you take burdens of wheat from him, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you will not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you will not drink wine of them.
For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins, they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn the poor aside in the gate [from their right].
Therefore the prudent will keep silence in that time; for it [is] an evil time.
Seek good, and not evil, that you may live, and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have spoken.
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate, it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
Therefore the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord, thus says; "Wailing [will be] in all streets; and they will say in all the highways, 'Alas! Alas!' And they will call the husbandman to mourning, and such who are skillful of lamentation to wailing.
And in all vineyards [will be] wailing, for I will pass through you," the Lord says.
"Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord! To what end [is] it for you? The day of the Lord [is] darkness, and not light.
As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
[Should] the day of the Lord not [be] darkness, and not light? Even very dark, and no brightness in it?
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept [them], neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
Take the noise of your songs away from Me; for I will not hear the melody of your viols.
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Have you offered sacrifices and offerings to Me in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel?
But you have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun, your images, the star of your god, which you made to yourselves.
Therefore I will cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, the Lord says, whose name [is] The God of hosts. *Acts 7:42 - 43
Woe to those [who are] at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, [which are] named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
Pass 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 their border greater than your border?
You who put the evil day far away, and cause the seat of violence to come near;
Who lies upon beds of ivory, and stretches themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
Who chant to the sound of the viol, [and] invent instruments of music to themselves, like David;
Who drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments, but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
Therefore they will now go captive with the first who go captive, and the banquet of those who stretched themselves will be removed."
The Lord God has sworn by Himself, the Lord says the God of hosts, "I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces, therefore I will deliver up the city with all that is therein."
And it will come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they will die.
And a man's uncle will take him up, and he who burns him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and will say to him who [is] by the sides of the house, "[Are there] still [any] with you?" And he will say, "No." Then he will say, "Hold your tongue, for we may not make mention of the name of the Lord."
For, behold, the Lord commands, and He will strike the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts.
Should horses run upon the rock? Will [one] plow [there] with oxen? For you have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock.
You who rejoice in a thing of nothing, who say, "Have we not taken horns to us by our own strength?"
"But, behold, I will raise up a nation against you, O house of Israel," the Lord says, the God of hosts; "And they will afflict you from the entering in of Hemath to the river of the wilderness."
Thus has the Lord God shown to me; and, behold, He formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, look, [it was] the latter growth after the king's mowings.
And it came to pass, [that] when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, "O Lord God, forgive, I beseech You, by whom will Jacob arise? For he [is] small."
The Lord repented for this, "It will not be," the Lord says.
Thus the Lord God has shown to me, and, behold, the Lord God called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and ate up a part.
Then I said, "O Lord God, cease, I beseech You, by whom will Jacob arise? For he [is] small."
The Lord repented for this, "This also will not be," the Lord God says.
Thus He showed me, and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall [made] by a plumbline, with a plumbline in His hand.
And the Lord said to me, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A plumbline." Then the Lord said, "Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of My people Israel, I will not again pass by them anymore.
And the high places of Isaac will be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel will be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword."
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 bear all his words.
For thus Amos says, 'Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel will surely be led away captive out of their own land.'"
Also Amaziah said to Amos, "O you seer, go, flee away into the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there.
But do not prophesy again anymore at Bethel, for it [is] the king's chapel, and it [is] the king's court."
Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, "I [was] no prophet, neither [was] I a prophet's son; but I [was] a herdsman, and a gatherer of sycamore fruit.
And the Lord took me as I followed the flock, and the Lord said to me, 'Go, prophesy to My people Israel.'
Now therefore hear the word of the Lord, 'You say, 'Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not drop [your word] against the house of Isaac.'
Therefore the Lord thus says; 'Your wife will be a harlot in the city, and your sons and your daughters will fall by the sword, and your land will be divided by line; and you will die in a polluted land, and Israel will surely go forth into captivity of his land.'"
Thus the Lord God has shown to me, and behold, a basket of summer fruit.
And He said, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A basket of summer fruit." Then the Lord said to me, "The end has come upon My people of Israel; I will not again pass by them anymore.
And the songs of the temple will be howlings in that day," the Lord God says, "[There will be] many dead bodies in every place; they will cast [them] forth with silence.
Hear this, O you who swallows up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,
Saying, 'When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? And the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit?
That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; [indeed], and sell the refuse of the wheat?'
The Lord has sworn by the excellency of Jacob, 'Surely I will never forget any of their works.'
Should the land not tremble for this, and everyone who dwells therein mourn? And it will rise up wholly as a flood; and it will be cast out and drowned, as [by] the flood of Egypt.
And it will come to pass in that day," the Lord God says, "That I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day. *28:71
And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; *Tobit 2:6 and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only [son], and the end thereof as a bitter day.
Behold, the days come," the Lord God says, "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.
And they will wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they will run here and there to seek the word of the Lord, and will not find [it].
In that day, the fair virgins and young men will faint for thirst.
Those who swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, 'Your god, O Dan, lives;' and, 'The manner of Beersheba lives;' even they will fall, and never rise up again."
I saw the Lord standing upon the altar, and He said, "Strike the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake, and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword, he who flees of them will not flee away, and he who escapes of them will not be delivered.
Though they dig into Hell, from there, My hand will take them; though they climb up to heaven, from there will I bring them down.
And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out from there; and though they are hidden from My sight in the bottom of the sea, from there, I will command the serpent, and he will bite them.
And though they go into captivity before their enemies, from there, I will command the sword, and it will slay them, and I will set My eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
And the Lord God of hosts [is] He who touches the land, and it will melt, and all who dwell therein will mourn, and it will rise up wholly like a flood; and will be drowned, as [by] the flood of Egypt.
[It is] He who builds His stories in the heaven, and has founded His troop in the earth; He who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth, The Lord [is] His name.
[Are] you not as children of the Ethiopians to Me, O Children of Israel?" The Lord says. "Have I not brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? And the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
Behold, the eyes of the Lord God [are] upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; except I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob," the Lord says.
"For, look, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, as [corn] is sifted in a sieve, yet the least grain will not fall upon the earth.
All the sinners of My people will die by the sword, who say, 'The evil will not overtake or prevent us.'
In that day, I will raise up the tabernacle of David which has fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old.
That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, who are called by My name," the Lord says who does this. *Acts 15:15
"Behold, the days come," the Lord says, "That the plowman will overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes, him who sows seed; and the mountains will drop sweet wine, and all the hills will melt.
And I will bring the captivity of My people of Israel again, and they will build the waste cities, and inhabit [them]; and they will plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they will also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
And I will plant them upon their land, and they will no longer be pulled up out of their land which I have given them," the Lord says your God.