Chapters: 5 6
|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 her up.
|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 Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel
shall come to nought.
|Seek 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 earth,
|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 fortress.
|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 time.
|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 wailing.
|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 light.
|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 him.
|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 beasts.
|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 Israel?
|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 Israel came!
|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?
|Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the
seat of violence to come near;
|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 music, like David;
|That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with
the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of
|Therefore now shall they go captive with the first
that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall
|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 therein.
|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 clefts.
|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 hemlock:
|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 Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.
|Thus hath the Lord GOD showed 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 showed 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 showed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon
a wall made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.
|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 sword.
|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
|Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee
thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy
|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 sycamore fruit:
|And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and
the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
|Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou
sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the
house of Isaac.
|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
|Thus hath the Lord GOD showed 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.
|And 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 silence.
|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 works.
|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 day.
|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 Beersheba 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 delivered.
|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 them:
|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
|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
|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
|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 earth.
|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 old:
|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
|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.