Amos 8

Fourth Vision: A Basket of Summer Fruit

1The Lord God showed me this: A basket of summer fruit. 2He asked me, “What do you see, Amos?” aI replied, “A basket of summer fruit.” bThe Lord said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel; c I will no longer spare them. d 3In that day the temple
Or palace
songs f will become wailingg – this is the Lord God’s declaration. “Many dead bodies, thrown everywhere! h Silence!” i

4 Hear this, you who trample on the needy j
and do away with the poor of the land, k
5 asking, “When will the New Moon be over
so we may sell grain, l
and the Sabbath,
so we may market wheat? m
We can reduce the measure
while increasing the price
Lit reduce the ephah and make the shekel great

and cheat with dishonest scales. o
6 We can buy the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals p
and even sell the chaff!”

7The Lord has sworn q by the Pride of Jacob:
= the Lord or the promised land

I will never forget all their deeds. t
8 Because of this, won’t the land quake u
and all who dwell in it mourn? v
All of it will rise like the Nile; w
it will surge and then subside
like the Nile in Egypt. x

9 And in that day
this is the declaration of the Lord God

I will make the sun go down at noon; y
I will darken the land in the daytime. z
10 I will turn your feasts into mourning aa
and all your songs into lamentation; ab
I will cause everyone
Lit every loin
to wear
sackcloth: Garment made of poor quality material and worn as a sign of grief and mourning
sackcloth ae
and every head to be shaved. af
I will make that grief
like mourning for an only son ag
and its outcome like a bitter day.

11 Hear this! The days are coming
this is the declaration of the Lord God

when I will send a famine through the land:
not a famine of bread or a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the Lord. ah
12 People will stagger from sea to sea
and roam from north to east,
seeking the word of the Lord, ai
but they will not find it.
13 In that day the beautiful young women, aj
the young men also, will faint from thirst. ak
14 Those who swear by the
guilt/guilty: The liability to be punished for a fault, a sin, an act, or an omission unless there is forgiveness or atonement; the term normally concerns an objective fact, not a subjective feeling.
guilt of Samaria am
and say, “As your god lives, Dan,” an
or “As the way
LXX reads god
Or power
of Beer-sheba livesaq
they will fall, never to rise again. ar
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