Amos 9

Fifth Vision: The Lord beside the Altar

1I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, a and He said:

Strike the capitals of the pillars b
so that the thresholds shake;
knock them down on the heads of all the people.
Then I will kill the rest of them with the sword. c
None of those who flee will get away; d
none of the fugitives will escape.
2 If they dig down to
Sheol: A Hebrew word for either the grave or the realm of the dead
Sheol, f
from there My hand will take them;
if they climb up to heaven, g
from there I will bring them down.
3 If they hide themselves
on the top of Carmel,
from there I will track them down h
and seize them;
if they conceal themselves
from My sight on the sea floor, i
from there I will command
the sea serpent to bite them. j
4 And if they are driven
by their enemies into captivity, k
from there I will command
the sword to kill them. l
I will fix My eyes on them
for harm and not for good. m

5 The Lord, the God of
Hosts/hosts: Military forces consisting of God's angels, sometimes including the sun, moon, and stars, and occasionally, Israel
He touches the earth; o
it melts, and all who dwell in it mourn;
all of it rises like the Nile
and subsides like the Nile of Egypt. p
6 He builds His upper chambers
in the heavens q
and lays the foundation of His vault
on the earth. r
He summons the waters of the sea
and pours them out on the face of the earth. s
Yahweh/Yah: Or The Lord; the personal name of God in Hebrew; "Yah" is the shortened form of the name.
Yahweh is His name. u

Announcement of Judgment

7 Israelites, are you not like the
Cush/ Cushite: The lands of the Nile in southern Egypt, including Nubia and Northern Sudan; the people who lived in that region
Cushites to Me? w
This is the Lord’s declaration.

Didn’t I bring Israel from the land of Egypt,
the Philistines from Caphtor,
Probably Crete
and the Arameans from Kir? z
8 Look, the eyes of the Lord God
are on the sinful kingdom, aa
and I will destroy it
from the face of the earth. ab
However, I will not totally destroy
the house of Jacob ac
this is the Lord’s declaration

9 for I am about to give the command,
and I will shake the house of Israel ad
among all the nations,
as one shakes a sieve,
but not a pebble will fall to the ground.
10 All the sinners among My people ae
who say: “Disaster will never overtake
Or You will not let disaster come near

or confront us,” ag
will die by the sword.

Announcement of Restoration

11 In that day
I will restore the fallen booth ah of David: ai
I will repair its gaps,
restore its ruins, aj
and rebuild it as in the days of old, ak
12 so that they may possess
the remnant of Edom al
and all the nations
that are called by My name
LXX reads so that the remnant of man and all the nations . . . may seek [Me]; Ac 15:17

this is the Lord’s declaration
He will do this.

13 Hear this! The days are coming
this is the Lord’s declaration

when the plowman will overtake the reaper ao
and the one who treads grapes,
the sower of seed.
The mountains will drip with sweet wine,
and all the hills will flow with it. ap
14 I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel.
Or restore My people Israel from captivity
They will rebuild and occupy ruined cities, as
plant vineyards and drink their wine,
make gardens and eat their produce. at
15 I will plant them on their land,
and they will never again be uprooted
from the land I have given them. au
Yahweh your God has spoken.

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