Amos 6-9 World English Bible

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The Destruction of Israel

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 whom the house of Israel come! 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? 3  Those who put far away the evil day,
and cause the seat of violence to come near; 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; 5  who strum on the strings of a harp;
who invent for themselves instruments of music, like David; 6  who drink wine in bowls,
and anoint themselves with the best oils;
but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph. 7  Therefore they will now go captive with the first who go captive;
and the feasting and lounging will end.

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. 9  It will happen, if there remain ten men in one house,
that they shall die. 10  “When a man’s relative carries 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.’ 11  “For, behold, Yahweh commands, and the great house will be smashed to pieces,
and the little house into bits. 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; 13  you who rejoice in a thing of nothing, who say,
‘Haven’t we taken for ourselves horns by our own strength?’ 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.”

Three Visions of Destruction

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. 2  It happened that, when they made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I said, “Lord Yahweh, forgive, I beg you! How could Jacob stand? For he is small.” 3  Yahweh relented concerning this. “It shall not be,” says Yahweh. 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. 5  Then I said, “Lord Yahweh, stop, I beg you! How could Jacob stand? For he is small.” 6  Yahweh relented concerning this. “This also shall not be,” says the Lord Yahweh. 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. 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 any more. 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 and Amaziah

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 bear all his words. 11  For Amos says, ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of his land.’” 12  Amaziah also said to Amos, “You seer, go, flee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: 13  but don’t prophesy again any more at Bethel; for it is the king’s sanctuary, and it is a royal house!” 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; 15  and Yahweh took me from following the flock, and Yahweh said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16  Now therefore listen to the word of Yahweh: ‘You say, Don’t prophesy against Israel, and don’t preach against the house of Isaac.’ 17  Therefore thus says Yahweh: ‘Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be divided by line; and you yourself shall die in a land that is unclean, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of his land.’”

The Basket of Summer Fruit

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

Israel's Doom at Hand

4  Hear this, you who desire to swallow up the needy,
and cause the poor of the land to fail, 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 [1] small, and the shekel large,
and dealing falsely with balances of deceit; 6  that we may buy the poor for silver,
and the needy for a pair of shoes,
and sell the sweepings with the wheat?’” 7  Yahweh has sworn by the pride of Jacob,
“Surely I will never forget any of their works. 8  Won’t 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 River of Egypt. 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 earth in the clear day. 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.

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. 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. 13  In that day the beautiful virgins
and the young men will faint for thirst. 14  Those who swear by the sin of Samaria,
and say, ‘As your god, Dan, lives;’
and, ‘As the way of Beersheba lives;’
they will fall, and never rise up again.”

The LORD's Judgments Inescapable

9 1  I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and he said, “Strike the tops of the pillars, that the thresholds may shake; and break them in pieces on the head of all of them; and I will kill the last of them with the sword: there shall not one of them flee away, and there shall not one of them escape. 2  Though they dig into Sheol, there my hand will take them; and though they climb up to heaven, there I will bring them down. 3  Though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out there; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent, and it will bite them. 4  Though they go into captivity before their enemies, there I will command the sword, and it will kill them. I will set my eyes on them for evil, and not for good. 5  For the Lord, Yahweh of Armies, is he who touches the land and it melts, and all who dwell in it will mourn; and it will rise up wholly like the River, and will sink again, like the River of Egypt. 6  It is he who builds his chambers in the heavens, and has founded his vault on the earth; he who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the surface of the earth; Yahweh is his name. 7  Are you not like the children of the Ethiopians to me, children of Israel?” says Yahweh. “Haven’t I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir? 8  Behold, the eyes of the Lord Yahweh are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the surface of the earth; except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob,” says Yahweh. 9  “For, behold, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all the nations, as grain is sifted in a sieve, yet not the least kernel will fall on the earth. 10  All the sinners of my people will die by the sword, who say, ‘Evil won’t overtake nor meet us.’

The Future Restoration of Israel

11  In that day I will raise up the tent of David who is fallen, and close up its breaches, and I will raise up its ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old; 12  that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the nations who are called by my name,” says Yahweh who does this. 13  “Behold, the days come,” says Yahweh,
“that the plowman shall overtake the reaper,
and the one treading grapes him who sows seed;
and sweet wine will drip from the mountains,
and flow from the hills. 14  I will bring my people Israel back from captivity,
and they will rebuild the ruined cities, and inhabit them;
and they will plant vineyards, and drink wine from them.
They shall also make gardens,
and eat the fruit of them. 15  I will plant them on their land,
and they will no more be plucked up out of their land which I have given them,”
says Yahweh your God.

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Footnotes

[1] 8:5 1 ephah is about 22 litres or about 2/3 of a bushel

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