Amos


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Amos

 

     1[1-2] The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah ruler of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash ruler of Israel, two years before the earthquake. He said:  “Yahweh’s voice will shout from Zion, and thunder from Jerusalem; and the fields of the shepherds will mourn, and the top of Mount Carmel will wither.”

[3-5] Yahweh says:  “For three sins of Damascus, yes for four, I won’t stop its punishment; because they’ve chosen to crush Gilead with hardness; but I’ll send a fire into the house of Hazael (ruler of Syria), and it’ll burn up the great houses of Ben Hadad (son of the ruler of Syria). I’ll open the locks on the door of Damascus, and kill the people from the valley of Bethaven, along with the one who rules from the house of Eden (a Levite); and the people of Syria will be taken as prisoners to Kir (Mesopotamia),” says Yahweh.

[6-8] Yahweh says: “For three sins of Gaza (city of the Philistines), yes for four, I won’t stop its punishment; because they carried away the whole community, to give them over to Edom (Idumea); but I’ll send a fire on the wall of Gaza, and it’ll burn up its great houses. I’ll kill the people from Ashdod (Esdud), along with the one who rules from Ashkelon (Askelon); and I’ll turn My hand against Ekron (city of the Philistines); and all the rest of the Philistines will die,” says Yahweh God.

[9-10] Yahweh says: “For three sins of Tyre, yes for four, I won’t stop its punishment; because they gave over the whole community to Edom (Idumea), and didn’t remember the promise they made with their kin; but I’ll send a fire on the wall of Tyre, and it’ll burn up all its great houses.”

[11-12] Yahweh says: “For three sins of Edom (Idumea), yes for four, I won’t stop its punishment; because they chased their kin in the war, and had no pity, and they were always angry and always stayed in a rage; but I’ll send a fire on Teman, and it’ll burn up the great houses of Bozrah.”

[13-15] Yahweh says, “For three sins of the people of Ammon (descendants of Lot), yes for four, I won’t stop its punishment; because they’ve cut open the pregnant women of Gilead (descendants of Manasseh), that they may have more land. But I’ll start a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it’ll burn up its great houses, with shouting in the day of war, with a storm in the day of the hurricane; and their ruler along with the officials will be taken as prisoners,” says Yahweh.

2[1-3] Yahweh says, “For three sins of Moab (descendants of Lot), yes for four, I won’t stop its punishment; because they burned the bones of the ruler of Edom (Idumea) into lime; but I’ll send a fire on Moab, and it’ll burn up the great houses of Kerioth; and Moab will die in chaos, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet; and I’ll kill their judge, and all its officials, too,” says Yahweh.

[4-5] Yahweh says, “For three sins of Judah, yes for four, I won’t stop its punishment; because they’ve rejected Yahweh’s Law, and haven’t kept My laws, and their lies have led them astray, because they followed after their ancestors; but I’ll send a fire on Judah, and it’ll burn up the great houses of Jerusalem.”

[6-8] Yahweh says, “For three sins of Israel, yes for four, I won’t stop its punishment; because they’ve sold the good people for a price, and the poor for a pair of shoes; They crush the souls of the poor, and cause the weak to sin; and a man and his father have sex with the same woman, to make a mockery of My Holy Name; and they lay down beside every altar on clothes taken from people who owe them debts; and in the house of their false god they drink the wine of those who have been fined.

[9-12] Yet I destroyed the Amorite (Canaanites) before them, who were as tall as cedars, and who were as strong as oaks; I destroyed their children coming from them, and uprooted them from the land beneath them. Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt, and led you forty years in the wilderness, to take the their land. I raised up some of your people for preachers, and some of them for Nazirites (dedicated ones). Isn’t this true, people of Israel?” says Yahweh. “But you gave those dedicated to Me wine to drink, and told the preachers, ‘Don’t preach!’

[13-16] See, I’ll crush you in your place, as a wagon full of grain crushes. There won’t be any safe place for those who are fast; the strong won’t strengthen their forces or save themselves; nor will those who handle weapons be strong; and those who are fast on foot won’t escape; nor will those who ride fast save themselves; and those who are brave among the strong will run away naked on that day,” says Yahweh.

3[1-6] Hear this word that Yahweh has spoken against you, people of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt, who said, “You are the only ones I’ve chosen out of all the families of the earth. So I’ll punish you for all of your sins.” Do two walk together, unless they’ve agreed? Will a lion roar in the bush, when it has no prey? Does a young lion cry out of its den, if it’s caught nothing? Can a bird fall in a trap on the earth, where no trap is set for it? Does a trap spring up from the ground, when there is nothing to catch? Does the trumpet alarm sound in a city, without the people being afraid? Does anything evil happen to a city, and Yahweh hasn’t let it happen?

[7-9] Surely Yahweh God will do nothing, unless first making it known to God’s workers, the preachers. When the lion has roared, who won’t fear? When Yahweh God has spoken, who can do anything but preach it? Tell them in the great houses at Ashdod (city of the Philistines), and in the great houses in the land of Egypt, and say, “Gather yourselves on the mountains of Samaria, where I saw the unrest, and the abused that are there.”

[10-15] “Without a doubt, they don’t know how to do what’s right,” says Yahweh, “Who collect others stuff with violence in their great houses.” So Yahweh God says, “An enemy will overrun the land; and tear down your safe havens, and your strong places will be raided.” Yahweh says, “As the shepherd saves two legs, or a piece of an ear out of the mouth of the lion, so the people of Israel will be saved who live in Samaria in a bedroom, and in Damascus on a bed.” “Listen, and speak out against the house of Jacob,” says Yahweh God, the God of All Creation. “For in the day that I punish Israel for its sins, I’ll also punish the altars of Bethel; and the horns of the altar will be cut off, and fall to the ground. I’ll punish the winter house along with the summer house; and the fancy houses, and the great houses will all be destroyed,” says Yahweh.

4[1-5] Listen to this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who abuse the poor and crush the needy, who beg their bosses, “Please come and let us have a drink.” Yahweh God has promised by God’s Own Name that, “The days will come on you that they’ll take you away with hooks, and the last of you with large fish hooks. You’ll try to escape at the breaks in the wall, everyone running straight before them; and you’ll throw yourselves off a high place,” says Yahweh. “Go to Bethel, and sin; to Gilgal, and sin some more. Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days, offer a thanksgiving sacrifice of that which is leavened, and call for free will offerings and brag about them because this pleases you, you people of Israel,” says Yahweh God.

[6-10] “I’ve also given you no food between your teeth in all your cities, and need of food in every town; yet you haven’t come back to Me,” says Yahweh. “I’ve also withheld the rain from you, when there were still three months to the harvest; and I caused it to rain on one city, and caused it not to rain on another city. One place was rained on, and the place where it didn’t rain withered. So two or three cities staggered to another city to drink water, and weren’t satisfied, yet you haven’t come back to Me,” says Yahweh. “I sent on you diseases in your gardens and vineyards many times; and your fig trees and olive trees have been eaten up by worms, yet you haven’t come back to Me,” says Yahweh. “I sent troubles among you like I did on Egypt. I’ve killed your young men with war, and have carried away your animals; and I’ve put the stink of war camps in your noses, yet you haven’t come back to Me,” says Yahweh.

[11-13] “I’ve overthrown some of you, as when I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a burning stick plucked out of the fire; yet you haven’t come back to Me,” says Yahweh. “So I’ll do this to you, Israel; Get ready to meet your Maker, Israel, because I’ll do this to you. See, I , Yahweh, who forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and tells human beings what their thoughts are; who makes the morning darkness, and walks on the high places of the earth, the God of All Creation, is My Name.”

5[1-3] Listen to this word which I take up for a mourning over you, O house of Israel. “The young girl of Israel has fallen and can’t get up. She’s fallen down on her land and there’s no one to help her up.” Yahweh God says, “The city that had 1,000 people will only have 100 left, and that which had 100 will only have ten left to the house of Israel.”

[4-9] Yahweh says to the house of Israel, “Look for Me, and you’ll live; but don’t look for Bethel, nor go into Gilgal, and don’t go to Beersheba because Gilgal will surely be taken as prisoners, and Bethel will come to nothing. Look for Yahweh, and you’ll live; or God will break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and burn it up, and there’ll be no one to put it out in Bethel. You who turn justice to sorrow, and throw what’s right in the dust, look for God who made the seven stars of Pleiades and the Orion constellation, who turns the fear of death into the light of morning, and makes the day turn dark at night; who calls for the waters of the sea, and rains them out all over the earth; Yahweh is God’s Name, who brings sudden disaster on the strong, so that their strong places are destroyed.

[10-15] You hate whoever speaks out against evil in public, and you hate whoever speaks what’s right. Because you’ve trampled on the poor, and put a food tax on them, and you’ve built houses of cut stone, you won’t live in them. You’ve planted nice vineyards, but you won’t drink its wine. For I know how many times you offended them, and how great your sins are, you, who abuse those who are right, who take a bribe, and take the needy into the courts. So a sensible person keeps silent in a time like this because it’s an evil time. Look for good, and not evil, that you may live; and so Yahweh, the God of All Creation, will be with you, as you say. Hate evil, love good, and do what’s right in the courts. It may be that Yahweh, the God of All Creation, will be gracious to the rest of Joseph’s people.”

[16-20] So Yahweh God, the God of All Creation, says “Tears will fall along the highways; and they’ll say in all the streets, ‘Oh no! Oh no!’ and they’ll call the farmer to mourning, and those who are used to mourning to crying. In all the vineyards there will be crying; for I’ll pass My judgment on you,” says Yahweh. “Sorrow will come to you who want the day of Yahweh! Why do you want the day of Yahweh to come? It’s darkness, and not light, as if someone ran from a lion, and met a bear; Or someone went into the house and leaned their hand on the wall, and a snake bit them. Won’t the day of Yahweh be darkness, and not light, total darkness with no light in it?

[21-27] I hate, and reject your feasts, and I can’t stand your sacred assemblies. Yes, though you offer Me your tithes and offerings, I won’t accept them; nor will I accept the best peace offerings. Take away from Me the noise of your songs! I won’t listen to the music of your instruments. But let justice flow like the rivers, and goodness like a deep creek. “Did you bring Me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, house of Israel? Yes, you’ve carried the tent of your ruler, your false god, and the preacher of your false god, which you made for yourselves. So I’ll cause you to be taken as prisoners beyond Damascus,” says Yahweh, whose name is the God of All Creation.

6[1-7] Sorrow will come to those who relax in Zion, and to those who are safe on the mountain of Samaria, who are the most important people of the nations, to whom the house of Israel comes! Go to Calneh (Niffer?), and see; and from there go to the great city of Hamath (in Syria); then go down to Gath of the Philistines. Are they better than your realms? Or is their land greater than your land? Those who think the evil day is far away, and cause mean people to rule with prejudice; who lie on fancy beds, and relax on their couches, and eat the best cuts of meat; who play on their stringed instruments and invent musical instruments for themselves, like David; who drink wine in bowls, and rub themselves with the best oils; but they aren’t grieved for those who are abused of Joseph’s people. So now they’ll be taken with the first of those who are taken; and their feasting and relaxing will end.

[8-11] “I, Yahweh God, have promised by My Own Name,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation,
“I hate the pride of Jacob, and their royal houses. So I’ll give up the city and everything in it. If there are ten people left in one house, they’ll die. “When someone’s relative carries them to those who burn the bodies, to bring the bodies out of the house, and they ask them who’s still in the house, saying, ‘Are there still any with you?’ And they answer, ‘No;’ then they’ll say, ‘Hush! Without a doubt we must not mention the name of Yahweh.’ “See, when Yahweh says it, the big house will be torn to pieces, and the little house to bits.

[12-14] Do horses run on the rocky cliffs? Does anyone plow with cows there? But you’ve turned justice into poison, and the rewards of goodness into sorrow; you who celebrate when there’s nothing to celebrate, who say, ‘Haven’t we taken land for ourselves by our own strength?’ See, I’ll raise up against you a nation, house of Israel,” says Yahweh, the God of All Creation; “and they’ll take you prisoner from the entrance of Hamath to the valley of the Arabah Desert.”

7[1-6] Then Yahweh God showed me and I saw that God made locusts in the beginning of the late growth; and I saw that it was the late growth after the ruler’s first harvest. When they finished eating all the grass of the land, then I said, “Yahweh God forgive us, I beg you! Who will help Jacob up, who is so small?” So Yahweh didn’t do it. “It won’t happen,” said Yahweh. Then Yahweh God showed me and I saw that Yahweh God called for judgment by fire; and it dried up the great sea, and would have burnt up the land. Then I said, “Yahweh God, stop, I beg you! Who will help Jacob up, who is so small.” So Yahweh didn’t do it. “This won’t happen either,” said Yahweh God.

[7-9] Then God showed me and I saw that God stood beside a wall made straight by a plumb line, and was holding the plumb line. Yahweh said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then God said, “See, I’ll set a plumb line among My people Israel. I won’t pass over their sin any more. The places of worship of Isaac will be in ruins, the holy places of Israel will be destroyed; and I’ll come against the house of Jeroboam in war.”

[10-13] Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam ruler of Israel, saying, “Amos has plotted against you among the people of Israel. He has upset the land by his words. Amos says, ‘Jeroboam will die in war, and Israel will be taken prisoner and led out of their land.’” Amaziah also said to Amos, “You preacher, go and run away into the land of Judah, and eat and preach there, but don’t preach at Bethel again any more; for it’s the ruler’s place of worship, and royal house!”

[14-17] Then Amos answered Amaziah, “I wasn’t a preacher, nor was I the child of a preacher; but I took care of animals, and farmed sycamore trees; and Yahweh took Me from following the flock, and told me, ‘Go, preach to My people Israel.’ So listen to the word of Yahweh, who says, ‘You say, ‘Don’t preach against Israel, and don’t preach against the house of Isaac.’ So Yahweh says this, ‘Your wife will be made a whore in the city, and your sons and daughters will fall in war, and your land will be divided into parts; and you yourself will die in a land that is unfit, and Israel will be taken prisoner out of their land.’”

8[1-3] Then Yahweh God showed me and I saw a basket of summer fruit. God said, “Amos, what do you see?” I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then Yahweh said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel. I won’t pass over their sin any more. The songs of the place of worship will be in tears in that day,” says Yahweh God. “The dead bodies will be many. In every place they’ll throw them out in silence.

[4-8] Hear this, you who want to take advantage of the needy, and cause the poor of the land to die, saying, ‘When will the holiday be over, so that we may sell our foodstuff? And the Seventh Day, that we may sell our foodstuff, making the amount of food small, and the dollar large, and using false business practices; that we may buy the poor for a price, and the needy for a pair of shoes, and sell the husks with the grain?’” Yahweh has promised by the pride of Jacob, “ I won’t ever forget what they’ve done. Won’t the land shake in fear for this, and everyone mourn who lives in it? Yes, it’ll rise up high like a flood; and it’ll be stirred up and sink again, like the River of Egypt.

[9-11] In that day,” says Yahweh God, “I’ll cause the sun to go down at midday, and I’ll make the earth grow dark in the daylight. I’ll turn your feasts into sorrow, and all your songs will be in tears; and I’ll make you put on mourning clothes, and everyone will cut their hair. I’ll make it like mourning for an only child, and the end of it like a very sad day. See, the days come,” says Yahweh God, “that I’ll send a time of great need in the land, but not a need of food, nor a need of water, but a need to hear the Word of Yahweh God.

[12-14] They’ll wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east; they’ll run back and forth to search for the Word of Yahweh, but they won’t find it. In that day the beautiful young girls and the young men will faint for want of it. Those who swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, ‘As your god lives, Dan;’ and, ‘As the way of Beersheba lives;’ they’ll fall, and won’t get up again.”

9[1-4] I saw God standing beside the altar, who said to me, “Hit the top of the pillars, that the walls may shake; and hit all of them on the head; and I’ll kill the last of them with war and none of them will run away and escape. Though they dig into Hell, I’ll find them there; and though they climb up to heaven, I’ll bring them down from there. Though they hide themselves in the top of Mount Carmel, I’ll search and take them out of there; and though they hide from My sight in the bottom of the sea, I’ll tell the sea serpent to bite them there. Though they’re taken as prisoners by their enemies, I’ll call for war there, and it’ll kill them. I’ll send them evil, and not good.

[5-8] For I, Yahweh, the God of All Creation, am who touches the land and it’s destroyed, and all who live in it will mourn; and it’ll flood like the river, and sink again, like the River of Egypt. It is I, who have built My levels in the heavens, and have put My rainbow on the earth; and who calls for the waters of the sea, and rains them out all over the earth; Yahweh is My name. Are you not as dark as the Ethiopian people to Me, you people of Israel?” says Yahweh. “Haven’t I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt, and the Philistines from Caphtor (Crete), and the Syrians from Kir (Mesopotamia)? See, I, Yahweh God, see this sinful realm, and I’ll destroy it from off the face of the earth; but I won’t totally destroy the house of Jacob,” says Yahweh.

[9-12] “See, I’ll say it, and I’ll shake the house of Israel among all the nations, as grain is sifted in a sifter, yet not one grain will fall on the earth. All the sinners of My people will die in war, who say, ‘We won’t be punished for our evil.’ In that day I’ll raise up the body of My Loved One (David) who is fallen, and heal its wounds, and I’ll raise it from death, and I’ll remake it as it was; who will be given the rest of Edom (Idumea), and all the nations who are called by My name,” says Yahweh who does this.

[13-15] “See, the days come,” says Yahweh, “that the farmer who plants will overtake those who harvest, and the one treading grapes those who plant the seed; and sweet wine will drip from the mountains, and flow from the hills. I’ll bring My people Israel back from where they were taken, and they’ll rebuild the ruined cities, and live in them; and they’ll plant vineyards, and drink wine from them. They’ll also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. I’ll plant them on their land, and never again will they be taken out of their land which I’ve given them,” says Yahweh your God.

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