The Judgments on Israel's Neighbors

11 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. 2 He said:

“Yahweh will roar from Zion,
and utter his voice from Jerusalem;
and the pastures of the shepherds will mourn,
and the top of Carmel will wither.”

3 Thus says Yahweh:

“For three transgressions of Damascus, yes, for four,
I will not turn away its punishment;
because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron; 4 but I will send a fire into the house of Hazael,
and it will devour the palaces of Ben Hadad. 5 I will break the bar of Damascus,
and cut off the inhabitant from the valley of Aven,
and him who holds the scepter from the house of Eden;
and the people of Syria shall go into captivity to Kir,”
says Yahweh. 6 Thus says Yahweh:

“For three transgressions of Gaza, yes, for four,
I will not turn away its punishment;
because they carried away captive the whole community,
to deliver them up to Edom; 7 but I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza,
and it will devour its palaces. 8 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,”
says the Lord Yahweh. 9 Thus says Yahweh:

“For three transgressions of Tyre, yes, for four,
I will not turn away its punishment;
because they delivered up the whole community to Edom,
and didn’t remember the brotherly covenant; 10 but I will send a fire on the wall of Tyre,
and it will devour its palaces.” 11 Thus says Yahweh:

“For three transgressions of Edom, yes, for four,
I will not turn away its punishment;
because he pursued his brother with the sword,
and cast off all pity,
and his anger raged continually,
and he kept his wrath forever; 12 but I will send a fire on Teman,
and it will devour the palaces of Bozrah.” 13 Thus says Yahweh:

“For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, yes, for four,
I will not turn away its punishment;
because they have ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead,
that they may enlarge their border. 14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah,
and it will devour its palaces,
with shouting in the day of battle,
with a storm in the day of the whirlwind; 15 and their king will go into captivity,
he and his princes together,”
says Yahweh.

21 Thus says Yahweh:

“For three transgressions of Moab, yes, for four,
I will not turn away its punishment;
because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime; 2 but I will send a fire on Moab,
and it will devour the palaces of Kerioth;
and Moab will die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet; 3 and I will cut off the judge from their midst,
and will kill all its princes with him,”
says Yahweh. 4 Thus says Yahweh:

“For three transgressions of Judah, yes, for four,
I will not turn away its punishment;
because they have rejected Yahweh’s law,
and have not kept his statutes,
and their lies have led them astray,
after which their fathers walked; 5 But I will send a fire on Judah,
and it will devour the palaces of Jerusalem.”

The Judgment on Israel

6 Thus says Yahweh:

“For three transgressions of Israel, yes, for four,
I will not turn away its punishment;
because they have sold the righteous for silver,
and the needy for a pair of shoes; 7 They trample on the dust of the earth on the head of the poor,
and deny justice to the oppressed;
and a man and his father use the same maiden, to profane my holy name; 8 and they lay themselves down beside every altar on clothes taken in pledge;
and in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.

9 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. 10 Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
and led you forty years in the wilderness,
to possess the land of the Amorite. 11 I raised up some of your sons for prophets,
and some of your young men for Nazirites.
Isn’t this true,
you children of Israel?” says Yahweh. 12 “But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink,
and commanded the prophets, saying, ‘Don’t prophesy!’ 13 Behold, I will crush you in your place,
as a cart crushes that is full of grain. 14 Flight will perish from the swift;
and the strong won’t strengthen his force;
neither shall the mighty deliver himself; 15 neither shall he stand who handles the bow;
and he who is swift of foot won’t escape;
neither shall he who rides the horse deliver himself; 16 and he who is courageous among the mighty will flee away naked on that day,”
says Yahweh.

The Roar of the Lion

31 Hear this word that Yahweh has spoken against you, children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying: 2 “You only have I chosen of all the families of the earth.
Therefore I will punish you for all of your sins.” 3 Do two walk together,
unless they have agreed? 4 Will a lion roar in the thicket,
when he has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out of his den,
if he has caught nothing? 5 Can a bird fall in a trap on the earth,
where no snare is set for him?
Does a snare spring up from the ground,
when there is nothing to catch? 6 Does the trumpet alarm sound in a city,
without the people being afraid?
Does evil happen to a city,
and Yahweh hasn’t done it? 7 Surely the Lord Yahweh will do nothing,
unless he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets. 8 The lion has roared.
Who will not fear?
The Lord Yahweh has spoken.
Who can but prophesy?

The Doom of Samaria

9 Proclaim in the palaces at Ashdod,
and in the palaces in the land of Egypt,
and say, “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria,
and see what unrest is in her,
and what oppression is among them.” 10 “Indeed they don’t know to do right,” says Yahweh,
“Who hoard plunder and loot in their palaces.” 11 Therefore thus says the Lord Yahweh:

“An adversary will overrun the land;
and he will pull down your strongholds,
and your fortresses will be plundered.” 12 Thus says Yahweh:

“As the shepherd rescues out of the mouth of the lion two legs,
or a piece of an ear,
so shall the children of Israel be rescued who sit in Samaria on the corner of a couch,
and on the silken cushions of a bed.” 13 “Listen, and testify against the house of Jacob,” says the Lord Yahweh, the God of Armies. 14 “For in the day that I visit the transgressions of Israel on him,
I will also visit the altars of Bethel;
and the horns of the altar will be cut off,
and fall to the ground. 15 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,”
says Yahweh.

41 Listen to this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who tell their husbands, “Bring us drinks!” 2 The Lord Yahweh has sworn by his holiness that behold,
“The days shall come on you that they will take you away with hooks,
and the last of you with fish hooks. 3 You will go out at the breaks in the wall,
everyone straight before her;
and you will cast yourselves into Harmon,” says Yahweh.

Israel's Failure to Profit from God's Punishments

4 “Go to Bethel, and sin;
to Gilgal, and sin more.
Bring your sacrifices every morning,
your tithes every three days, 5 offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened,
and proclaim free will offerings and brag about them:
for this pleases you, you children of Israel,” says the Lord Yahweh.

6 “I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
and lack of bread in every town;
yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh. 7 “I also have withheld the rain from you,
when there were yet three months to the harvest;
and I caused it to rain on one city,
and caused it not to rain on another city.
One place was rained on,
and the piece where it didn’t rain withered. 8 So two or three cities staggered to one city to drink water,
and were not satisfied:
yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh. 9 “I struck you with blight and mildew many times in your gardens and your vineyards;
and your fig trees and your olive trees have the swarming locust devoured:
yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh. 10 “I sent plagues among you like I did Egypt.
I have slain your young men with the sword,
and have carried away your horses;
and I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camp,
yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh. 11 “I have overthrown some of you,
as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
and you were like a burning stick plucked out of the fire;
yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh. 12 “Therefore thus will I do to you, Israel;
because I will do this to you,
prepare to meet your God, Israel. 13 For, behold, he who forms the mountains,
and creates the wind,
and declares to man what is his thought;
who makes the morning darkness,
and treads on the high places of the Earth:
Yahweh, the God of Armies, is his name.”

A Call to Repentance

51 Listen to this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel. 2 “The virgin of Israel has fallen;
She shall rise no more.
She is cast down on her land;
there is no one to raise her up.” 3 For thus says the Lord Yahweh:

“The city that went forth a thousand shall have a hundred left,
and that which went forth one hundred shall have ten left to the house of Israel.”

4 For thus says Yahweh to the house of Israel:

“Seek me, and you will live; 5 but don’t seek Bethel,
nor enter into Gilgal,
and don’t pass to Beersheba:
for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,
and Bethel shall come to nothing. 6 Seek Yahweh, and you will live;
lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
and it devour, and there be no one to quench it in Bethel. 7 You who turn justice to wormwood,
and cast down righteousness to the earth: 8 seek him who made the Pleiades and Orion,
and turns 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 on the surface of the earth, Yahweh is his name, 9 who brings sudden destruction on the strong,
so that destruction comes on the fortress. 10 They hate him who reproves in the gate,
and they abhor him who speaks blamelessly. 11 Forasmuch therefore as you trample on the poor,
and take taxes from him of wheat:
You have built houses of cut stone,
but you will not dwell in them.
You have planted pleasant vineyards,
but you shall not drink their wine. 12 For I know how many your offenses,
and how great are your sins—
you who afflict the just,
who take a bribe,
and who turn aside the needy in the courts. 13 Therefore a prudent person keeps silent in such a time,
for it is an evil time. 14 Seek good, and not evil,
that you may live;
and so Yahweh, the God of Armies, will be with you,
as you say. 15 Hate evil, love good,
and establish justice in the courts.
It may be that Yahweh, the God of Armies, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.”

16 Therefore thus says Yahweh, the God of Armies, the Lord:

“Wailing will be in all the broad ways;
and they will say in all the streets, ‘Alas! Alas!’
and they will call the farmer to mourning,
and those who are skillful in lamentation to wailing. 17 In all vineyards there will be wailing;
for I will pass through the midst of you,” says Yahweh. 18 “Woe to you who desire the day of Yahweh!
Why do you long for the day of Yahweh?
It is darkness,
and not light. 19 As if a man fled from a lion,
and a bear met him;
Or he went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall,
and a snake bit him. 20 Won’t the day of Yahweh be darkness, and not light?
Even very dark, and no brightness in it?

21 I hate, I despise your feasts,
and I can’t stand your solemn assemblies. 22 Yes, though you offer me your burnt offerings and meal offerings,
I will not accept them;
neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat animals. 23 Take away from me the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps. 24 But let justice roll on like rivers,
and righteousness like a mighty stream. 25 “Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, house of Israel? 26 You also carried the tent of your king and the shrine of your images, the star of your god, which you made for yourselves. 27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus,” says Yahweh, whose name is the God of Armies.