Amos 5:1-6 New International Version

A Call to Repentance

5 1  Hear this word, Israel, this lament I take up concerning you: 2  "Fallen is Virgin Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land, with no one to lift her up." 3  This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Israel: "Your city that marches out a thousand strong will have only a hundred left; your town that marches out a hundred strong will have only ten left."

4  This is what the Lord says to Israel: "Seek me and live; 5  do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.[1] " 6  Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire; it will devour them, and Bethel will have no one to quench it.


[1] 5:5 Hebrew "aven," a reference to Beth Aven (a derogatory name for Bethel); see Hosea 4:15.

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