The Destruction of Israel
6 1 Wo 'to' those secure in Zion, And those confident in the mount of Samaria, The marked of the chief of the nations, And come to them have the house of Israel. 2 Pass ye over 'to' Calneh and see, And go thence 'to' Hamath the great, And go down 'to' Gath of the Philistines, Are 'they' better than these kingdoms? Greater 'is' their border than your border? 3 Who are putting away the day of evil, And ye bring nigh the seat of violence, 4 Who are lying down on beds of ivory, And are spread out on their couches, And are eating lambs from the flock, And calves from the midst of the stall, 5 Who are taking part according to the psaltery, Like David they invented for themselves instruments of music; 6 Who are drinking with bowls of wine, And 'with' chief perfumes anoint 'themselves', And have not been pained for the breach of Joseph. 7 Therefore now they remove at the head of the captives, And turned aside is the mourning-feast of stretched-out ones.
8 Sworn hath the Lord Jehovah by Himself, An affirmation of Jehovah, God of Hosts: I am abominating the excellency of Jacob, And his high places I have hated, And I have delivered up the city and its fulness. 9 And if there are left ten persons in one house, It hath come to pass—that they have died. 10 And lifted him up hath his loved one, even his burner, To bring forth the bones from the house, And he said to him who 'is' in the sides of the house, 'Is there yet with thee?' And he said, 'None,' then he said, 'Hush! Save to make mention of the name of Jehovah.' 11 For lo, Jehovah is commanding, And He hath smitten the great house 'with' breaches, And the little house 'with' clefts. 12 Do horses run on a rock? Doth one plough 'it' with oxen? For ye have turned to gall judgment, And the fruit of righteousness to wormwood. 13 O ye who are rejoicing at nothing, Who are saying, 'Have we not by our strength taken to ourselves horns?' 14 Surely, lo, I am raising against you a nation, O house of Israel, An affirmation of Jehovah, God of Hosts, And they have oppressed you from the coming in to Hamath, Unto the stream of the desert.
Three Visions of Destruction
7 1 Thus hath the Lord Jehovah shewed me, and lo, He is forming locusts at the beginning of the ascending of the latter growth, and lo, the latter growth 'is' after the mowings of the king; 2 and it hath come to pass, when it hath finished to consume the herb of the land, that I say: 'Lord Jehovah, forgive, I pray Thee, How doth Jacob arise—for he 'is' small?' 3 Jehovah hath repented of this, 'It shall not be,' said Jehovah. 4 Thus hath the Lord Jehovah shewed me, and lo, the Lord Jehovah is calling to contend by fire, and it consumeth the great deep, yea, it hath consumed the portion, and I say: 5 'Lord Jehovah, cease, I pray Thee, How doth Jacob arise—for he 'is' small?' 6 Jehovah hath repented of this, 'It also shall not be,' said the Lord Jehovah. 7 Thus hath He shewed me, and lo, the Lord is standing by a wall 'made according to' a plumb-line, and in His hand a plumb-line; 8 and Jehovah saith unto me, 'What art thou seeing, Amos?' And I say, 'A plumb-line;' and the Lord saith: 'Lo, I am setting a plumb-line in the midst of My people Israel, I do not add any more to pass over to it. 9 And desolated have been high places of Isaac, And sanctuaries of Israel are wasted, And I have risen against the house of Jeroboam with a sword.'
Amos and Amaziah
10 And Amaziah priest of Beth-El sendeth unto 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, 11 for thus said Amos: By sword die doth Jeroboam, And Israel certainly removeth from off its land.' 12 And Amaziah saith unto Amos, 'Seer, go flee for thee unto the land of Judah, and eat there bread, and there thou dost prophesy; 13 and 'at' Beth-El do not add to prophesy any more, for it 'is' the king's sanctuary, and it 'is' the royal house.' 14 And Amos answereth and saith unto Amaziah, 'I 'am' no prophet, nor a prophet's son 'am' I, but a herdsman I 'am', and a cultivator of sycamores, 15 and Jehovah taketh me from after the flock, and Jehovah saith unto me, Go, prophesy unto My people Israel. 16 And now, hear a word of Jehovah: thou art saying, Do not prophesy against Israel, nor drop 'any thing' against the house of Isaac, 17 therefore thus said Jehovah: Thy wife in the city doth go a-whoring, And thy sons and thy daughters by sword do fall, And thy land by line is apportioned, And thou on an unclean land diest, And Israel certainly removeth from off its land.'
The Basket of Summer Fruit
8 1 Thus hath the Lord Jehovah shewed me, and, lo, a basket of summer-fruit. 2 And He saith, 'What art thou seeing, Amos?' and I say, 'A basket of summer-fruit.' And Jehovah saith unto me: 'The end hath come unto My people Israel, I do not add any more to pass over to it. 3 And howled have songstresses of a palace in that day, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, Many 'are' the carcases, into any place throw—hush!
Israel's Doom at Hand
4 Hear this, ye who are swallowing up the needy, To cause to cease the poor of the land, 5 Saying, When doth the new moon pass, And we sell ground corn? And the sabbath, and we open out pure corn? To make little the ephah, And to make great the shekel, And to use perversely balances of deceit. 6 To purchase with money the poor, And the needy for a pair of sandals, Yea, the refuse of the pure corn we sell. 7 Sworn hath Jehovah by the excellency of Jacob: 'I forget not for ever any of their works. 8 For this doth not the land tremble, And mourned hath every dweller in it? And come up as a flood hath all of it. And it hath been cast out, and hath sunk, Like the flood of Egypt. 9 And it hath come to pass in that day, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, I have caused the sun to go in at noon, And caused darkness on the land in a day of light, 10 And have turned your festivals to mourning, And all your songs to lamentation, And caused sackcloth to come up on all loins, And on every head—baldness, And made it as a mourning 'of' an only one, And its latter end as a day of bitterness.
11 Lo, days are coming, An affirmation of the Lord Jehovah, And I have sent a famine into the land, Not a famine of bread, nor a thirst of water But of hearing the words of Jehovah. 12 And they have wandered from sea unto sea, And from north even unto east, They go to and fro to seek the word of Jehovah, And they do not find. 13 In that day faint do the fair virgins, And the young men, with thirst. 14 Those swearing by the guilt of Samaria, And have said, Live doth thy god, O Dan, And, Live doth the way of Beer-Sheba, And they have fallen—and rise not again!'
The LORD's Judgments Inescapable
9 1 I have seen the Lord standing by the altar, and He saith: 'Smite the knob, and the thresholds shake, And cut them off by the head—all of them, And their posterity with a sword I do slay, Not flee to them doth the fleer, Nor escape to them doth a fugitive. 2 If they dig through into sheol, From thence doth My hand take them, And if they go up the heavens, From thence I cause them to come down. 3 And if they be hid in the top of Carmel, From thence I search out, and have taken them, And if they be hid from Mine eyes in the bottom of the sea, From thence I command the serpent, And it hath bitten them. 4 And if they go into captivity before their enemies, From thence I command the sword, And it hath slain them, And I have set Mine eye on them for evil, And not for good. 5 And 'it is' the Lord, Jehovah of Hosts, Who is striking against the land, and it melteth, And mourned have all the inhabitants in it, And come up as a flood hath all of it, And it hath sunk—like the flood of Egypt. 6 Who is building in the heavens His upper chambers; As to His troop, Upon earth He hath founded it, Who is calling for the waters of the sea, And poureth them out on the face of the land, Jehovah 'is' His name. 7 As sons of Cushim are ye not to Me? O sons of Israel—an affirmation of Jehovah. Israel did I not bring up out of the land of Egypt? And the Philistines from Caphtor, and Aram from Kir? 8 Lo, the eyes of the Lord Jehovah 'are' on the sinful kingdom, And I have destroyed it from off the face of the ground, Only, I destroy not utterly the house of Jacob, An affirmation of Jehovah. 9 For lo, I am commanding, And I have shaken among all the nations the house of Israel, As 'one' doth shake with a sieve, And there falleth not a grain 'to' the earth. 10 By sword die do all sinners of My people, Who are saying, 'Not overtake, or go before, For our sakes, doth evil.'
The Future Restoration of Israel
11 In that day I raise the tabernacle of David, that is fallen, And I have repaired their breaches, And its ruins I do raise up, And I have built it up as in days of old. 12 So that they possess the remnant of Edom, And all the nations on whom My name is called, An affirmation of Jehovah—doer of this. 13 Lo, days are coming—an affirmation of Jehovah, And come nigh hath the ploughman to the reaper, And the treader of grapes to the scatterer of seed, And the mountains have dropt juice, And all the hills do melt. 14 And I have turned back 'to' the captivity of My people Israel, And they have built desolate cities, and inhabited, And have planted vineyards, and drunk their wine, And made gardens, and eaten their fruit. 15 And I have planted them on their own ground, And they are not plucked up any more from off their own ground, That I have given to them, said Jehovah thy God!