Amos 9

God’s Judgment Unavoidable

1I saw the Lord standing beside the a  altar, and He said, Smite the capitals so that the b  thresholds will shake,
And c  break them on the heads of them all!
Then I will d  slay the rest of them with the sword;
They will e  not have a fugitive who will flee,
Or a refugee who will escape.
2Though they dig into f  Sheol,
From there will My hand take them;
And though they g  ascend to heaven,
From there will I bring them down.
3Though they hide on the summit of Carmel,
I will h  search them out and take them from there;
And though they i  conceal themselves from My sight on the floor of the sea,
From there I will command the j  serpent and it will bite them.
4And though they go into k  captivity before their enemies,
From there I will command the sword that it slay them,
And I will l  set My eyes against them for evil and not for good.”

5The Lord
Heb YHWH, usually rendered  Lord , and so throughout the ch
 God of hosts,
The One who n  touches the land so that it melts,
And o  all those who dwell in it mourn,
And all of it rises up like the Nile
And subsides like the Nile of Egypt;
6The One who builds His
Or stairs
q  upper chambers in the heavens
And has founded His vaulted dome over the earth,
He who r  calls for the waters of the sea
And s  pours them out on the face of the earth,
t  The  Lord is His name.

7Are you not as the sons of u  Ethiopia to Me,
O sons of Israel?” declares the  Lord.
Have I not brought up Israel from the land of Egypt,
And the v  Philistines from Caphtor and the w  Arameans from x  Kir?
8Behold, the y  eyes of the Lord  God are on the sinful kingdom,
And I will z  destroy it from the face of the earth;
Nevertheless, I will aa  not totally destroy the house of Jacob,”
Declares the  Lord.
9For behold, I am commanding,
And I will ab  shake the house of Israel among all nations
As grain is shaken in a sieve,
But not a
Or pebble
kernel will fall to the ground.
10All the ad  sinners of My people will die by the sword,
Those who say, ‘ ae  The calamity will not overtake or confront us.’

The Restoration of Israel

11In that day I will af  raise up the fallen
Or shelter or tabernacle
ah  booth of David,
And wall up its ai  breaches;
I will also raise up its ruins
And rebuild it as in the aj  days of old;
12 ak  That they may possess the remnant of al  Edom
And all the
Or Gentiles
nations who are an  called by My name,”
Declares the  Lord who does this.

13Behold, days are coming,” declares the  Lord,
“When the ao  plowman will overtake the reaper
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
When the ap  mountains will drip sweet aq  wine
And all the hills will be dissolved.
14“Also I will ar  restore the
Or fortunes
captivity of My people Israel,
And they will at  rebuild the ruined cities and live in them;
They will also au  plant vineyards and drink their wine,
And make gardens and eat their fruit.
15I will also plant them on their land,
And av  they will not again be rooted out from their land
Which I have given them,”
Says the  Lord your God.

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