Amos 5

“Seek Me that You May Live”

1Hear this word which I take up for you as a a  dirge, O house of Israel:
2She has fallen, she will b  not rise again
The c  virgin Israel.
She lies neglected on her land;
There is d  none to raise her up.

3For thus says the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God, The city which goes forth a thousand strong
Will have a f  hundred left,
And the one which goes forth a hundred strong
Will have g  ten left to the house of Israel.”

4For thus says the  Lord to the house of Israel, h  Seek Me i  that you may live.
5“But do not
Lit seek
resort to k  Bethel
And do not come to l  Gilgal,
Nor cross over to m  Beersheba;
For Gilgal will certainly go into captivity
And Bethel will
Or become iniquity
come to trouble.
6 o  Seek the  Lord that you may live,
Or He will break forth like a p  fire
Or in the house
O house of Joseph,
And it will consume with none to quench it for Bethel,
7 For those who turn r  justice into wormwood
Lit they have put down
cast righteousness down to the earth.”

8He who made the t  Pleiades and Orion
And u  changes deep darkness into morning,
Lit And He darkened
Who also w  darkens day into night,
Who x  calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the surface of the earth,
The y   Lord is His name.
9It is He who z  flashes forth with destruction upon the strong,
So that aa  destruction comes upon the fortress.

10They hate him who ab  reproves in the
I.e. the place where court was held
And they ad  abhor him who speaks with integrity.
11Therefore because you
Another reading is trample upon
impose heavy rent on the poor
And exact a tribute of grain from them,
Though you have built af  houses of well-hewn stone,
Yet you will not live in them;
You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will ag  not drink their wine.
12For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great,
You who ah  distress the righteous and accept bribes
Lit they turn
turn aside the poor in the
I.e. the place where court was held
13Therefore at
Lit that time
such a time the prudent person al  keeps silent, for it is an evil time.

14Seek good and not evil, that you may live;
And thus may the  Lord God of hosts be with you,
am  Just as you have said!
15 an  Hate evil, love good,
And establish justice in the
I.e. the place where court was held
Perhaps the  Lord God of hosts
ap  May be gracious to the aq  remnant of Joseph.

16Therefore thus says the  Lord God of hosts, the Lord, “There is ar  wailing in all the plazas,
And in all the streets they say, ‘Alas! Alas!’
They also call the as  farmer to mourning
Lit those who know lamentation
au  professional mourners to lamentation.
17And in all the av  vineyards there is wailing,
Because I will pass through the midst of you,” says the  Lord.

18Alas, you who are longing for the aw  day of the  Lord,
For what purpose will the day of the  Lord be to you?
It will be ax  darkness and not light;
19As when a man ay  flees from a lion
And a bear meets him,
Or Then
Or goes home, leans his hand against the wall
And a snake bites him.
20 Will not the day of the  Lord be ba  darkness instead of light,
Even gloom with no brightness in it?

21I hate, I bb  reject your festivals,
Nor do I
Lit like to smell
bd  delight in your solemn assemblies.
22Even though you be  offer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
I will not accept them;
And I will not even look at the bf  peace offerings of your fatlings.
23Take away from Me the noise of your songs;
I will not even listen to the sound of your harps.
24“But let bg  justice roll down like waters
And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Or You presented Me with the sacrifices and a grain offering
bi  Did you present Me with sacrifices and grain offerings in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel?
26 bj  You also carried along
Or Sakkuth (Saturn) or shrine of your Moloch
Sikkuth your king and
Or Kaiwan (Saturn) or stands of
Kiyyun, your images
Or your star gods
the star of your gods which you made for yourselves.
27Therefore, I will make you go into exile beyond Damascus,” says the  Lord, whose name is the God of hosts.
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