Amos 8

The Coming Day of Bitter Mourning

a This is what the Lord  God showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit. And he said, b Amos, what do you see?” And I said, c “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the  Lord said to me,

d “The end
The Hebrew words for  end and  summer fruit sound alike
has come upon my people Israel;
I will never again pass by them.
f The songs of the temple
Or palace
h shall become wailings
Or  The singing women of the palace shall wail
in that day,”

declares the Lord  God.
j “So many dead bodies!”
“They are thrown everywhere!”
k Silence!”
Hear this, l you who trample on the needy
and bring the poor of the land to an end,
saying, “When will m the new moon be over,
that we may sell grain?
And n the Sabbath,
that we may offer wheat for sale,
that we may make o the ephah small and the shekel
An  ephah was about 3/5 bushel or 22 liters; a  shekel was about 2/5 ounce or 11 grams
and deal deceitfully with false balances,
that we may buy the poor for q silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals
and sell the chaff of the wheat?”
The  Lord has sworn by r the pride of Jacob:
“Surely s I will never forget any of their deeds.
t Shall not the land tremble on this account,
and everyone mourn who dwells in it,
u and all of it rise like the Nile,
and be tossed about v and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?”
“And on that day,” declares the Lord  God,
w “I will make the sun go down at noon
and darken the earth in broad daylight.
10  x I will turn your feasts into mourning
and all your songs into lamentation;
y I will bring sackcloth on every waist
z and baldness on every head;
aa I will make it like the mourning for an only son
and the end of it like a bitter day.
11  Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord  God,
“when ab I will send a famine on the land
not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water,
ac but of hearing the words of the  Lord.
12  ad They shall wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the  Lord,
ae but they shall not find it.
13  af “In that day the lovely virgins and the young men
shall ag faint for thirst.
14 Those who swear by ah the Guilt of Samaria,
and say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan,’
and, ‘As ai the Way of aj Beersheba lives,’
they shall fall, and never rise again.”
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