Amos 8

Basket of Fruit and Israel’s Captivity

Thus the Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God showed me, and behold, there was a basket of summer fruit.
He said, “What do you see, Amos?” And b I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the  Lord said to me, “The c end has come for My people Israel. I will
Lit pass him by
e spare them no longer.
Or They will howl the palace songs
“The g songs of the palace will turn to h wailing in that day,” declares the Lord  God. “Many will be the i corpses; in every place
Lit he has thrown
they will cast them forth
Or hush!
in silence.”

Hear this, you who
Or snap at
m trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land,
saying, When will the n new moon
Lit pass by
be over,
So that we may sell grain,
And the p sabbath, that we may open the wheat market,
To make the
Lit ephah
bushel smaller and the shekel bigger,
And to r cheat with
Lit balances of deception
dishonest scales,
So as to t buy the helpless for
Lit silver
And the needy for a pair of sandals,
And that we may sell the refuse of the wheat?”

The  Lord has v sworn by the w pride of Jacob,
Indeed, I will x never forget any of their deeds.
Because of this will not the land y quake
And everyone who dwells in it z mourn?
Indeed, all of it will aa rise up like the Nile,
And it will be tossed about
And subside like the Nile of Egypt.
It will come about in that day,” declares the Lord  God,
“That I will make the ab sun go down at noon
And ac make the earth dark in
Lit a day of light
broad daylight.
10 “Then I will ae turn your festivals into mourning
And all your songs into
Or a dirge
And I will bring ag sackcloth on everyone’s loins
And baldness on every head.
And I will make it ah like a time of mourning for an only son,
And the end of it will be like a bitter day.

11 Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord  God,
When I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water,
But rather ai for hearing the words of the  Lord.
12 People will stagger from sea to sea
And from the north even to the east;
They will go to and fro to aj seek the word of the  Lord,
But they will not find it.
13 In that day the beautiful ak virgins
And the young men will al faint from thirst.
14 As for those who swear by the
Or Ashimah
an guilt of Samaria,
Who say, ‘As your god lives, O ao Dan,’
And, ‘As the way of ap Beersheba lives,’
They will fall and aq not rise again.”

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