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] The words of Amos, who was among the herdman 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
] And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter
his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and
the top of Carmel shall wither.
] Thus saith the LORD; 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
] But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall
devour the palaces of Ben-hadad.
] I will break also the bar of
Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that
holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go
into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.
] Thus saith the LORD; For
three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment
thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them
up to Edom:
] But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which
shall devour the palaces thereof:
] And I will cut off the
inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I
will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall
perish, saith the Lord GOD.
] Thus saith the LORD; For three
transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment
thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered
not the brotherly covenant:
] But I will send a fire on the wall of
Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.
] Thus saith the
LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the
punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did
cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for
] But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the
palaces of Bozrah.
] Thus saith the LORD; 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 shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of
battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:
] And their
king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD.
] Thus saith the LORD; 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 shall devour the palaces of Kerioth: and Moab shall die with
tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet:
] And I
will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes
thereof with him, saith the LORD.
] Thus saith the LORD; 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 the which their fathers
] But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall
devour the palaces of Jerusalem.
] Thus saith the LORD; 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
] That 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
unto 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 destroyed I
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
] Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led
you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the
] And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your
young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the
] But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the
prophets, saying, Prophesy not.
] Behold, I am pressed under you,
as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.
] Therefore the
flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his
force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
] Neither shall he
stand that handleth the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver
himself: neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.
And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day,
saith the LORD.
] Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you,
O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land
of Egypt, saying,
] You only have I known of all the families of the
earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
two walk together, except they be agreed?
] Will a lion roar in the
forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have
] Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no
gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing
] Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not
be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done
] Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his
secret unto his servants the prophets.
] The lion hath roared, who
will not fear? the Lord GOD hath 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
] For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store
up violence and robbery in their palaces.
] Therefore thus saith
the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land; and he
shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be
] Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the
mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of
Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in
Damascus in a couch.
] Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob,
saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,
] That in the day that I
shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars
of Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the
] And I will smite the winter house with the summer house;
and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end,
saith the LORD.
] Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the
mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to
their masters, Bring, and let us drink.
] The Lord GOD hath sworn by
his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away
with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.
] And ye shall go out
at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them
into the palace, saith the LORD.
] 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: for this
liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
] And I
also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in
all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
And also I have withholden 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 not to rain
upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained
] So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to
drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me,
saith the LORD.
] I have smitten 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 have ye not returned unto me, saith
] I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner
of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your
horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils:
yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
] I have
overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a
firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith
] Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and
because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O
] For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the
wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning
darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of
hosts, is his name.
] Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a
lamentation, O house of Israel.
] The virgin of Israel is fallen;
she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise
] For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a
thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall
leave ten, to the house of Israel.
] For thus saith the LORD unto
the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
] But seek not
Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beer-sheba: for Gilgal shall
surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.
the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel.
] Ye who
turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the
] Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth
the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that
calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the
earth: The LORD is his name:
] That strengtheneth the spoiled
against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the
] They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor
him that speaketh uprightly.
] Forasmuch therefore as your treading
is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of
hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards,
but ye shall 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 aside the poor in the gate from their right.
Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil
] Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD,
the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye 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 unto the remnant of Joseph.
Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in
all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall
call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to
] And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass
through thee, saith the LORD.
] Woe unto you that desire the day of
the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not
] 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
] Shall not the day of the LORD 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 ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept
them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat
] Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will
not hear the melody of thy viols.
] But let judgment run down as
waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
] Have ye offered
unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of
] But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun
your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD,
whose name is The God of hosts.
] Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the
mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of
] Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye
to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better
than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?
that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come
] That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon
their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the
midst of the stall;
] That chant to the sound of the viol, and
invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
] That drink
wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not
grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
] Therefore now shall they go
captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched
themselves shall be removed.
] The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself,
saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his
palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is
] And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one
house, that they shall die.
] And a man's uncle shall take him up,
and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say
unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he
shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention
of the name of the LORD.
] For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he
will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with
] Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with
oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into
] Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have
we not taken to us horns by our own strength?
] But, behold, I will
raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of
hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hamath unto the river
of the wilderness.
] Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he
formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth;
and, lo, 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 thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for
he is small.
] The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith
] Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the
Lord GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat
up a part.
] Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom
shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
] The LORD repented for this:
This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.
] Thus he shewed me:
and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in
] And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I
said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the
midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:
And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel
shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the
] Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of
Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of
Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.
] For thus Amos
saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away
captive out of their own land.
] Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O
thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and
] But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it
is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.
] Then answered
Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but
I was an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit:
] And the LORD
took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my
] Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou
sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the house of
] Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot
in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy
land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel
shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.
] Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a
basket of summer fruit.
] And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I
said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon
my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.
the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there
shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with
] Hear this, O ye that swallow 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
] That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a
pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
] The LORD
hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their
] Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn
that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be
cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
] And it shall come
to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at
noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
] And I will
turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; 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
] 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:
] 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.
] In that day shall the
fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
] 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.
] I saw the LORD standing upon the altar: and he said,
Smite 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 that
fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be
] Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take
them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them
] And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will
search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the
bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite
] And though they go into captivity before their enemies,
thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine
eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
] And the Lord GOD of
hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell
therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be
drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
] It is he that buildeth his
stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth
for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The
LORD is his name.
] Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto
me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of
the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from
] Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom,
and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not
utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.
] For, lo, I
will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as
corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the
] All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which
say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
] In that day will
I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches
thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of
] That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the
heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth
] Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman
shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and
the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall
] And I will bring again the captivity of my people of
Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall
plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and
eat the fruit of them.
] And I will plant them upon their land, and
they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith
the LORD thy God.