words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel
in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash
king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his
voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the
top of Carmel shall wither.
Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus,
and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed
Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:
But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall
devour the palaces of Benhadad.
I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant
from the plain of Aven, and him that holds the sceptre from the house of Eden:
and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, says the LORD.
says the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn
away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity,
to deliver them up to Edom:
But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall
devour the palaces thereof:
And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that
holds the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and
the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, says the Lord GOD.
Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and
for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered
up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant:
I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.
says the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn
away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword,
and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his
wrath for ever:
I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.
says the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four,
I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women
with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:
But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall
devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest
in the day of the whirlwind:
And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes
together, says the LORD.
Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and
for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones
of the king of Edom into lime:
But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the
palaces of Kirioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the
sound of the trumpet:
And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and
will slay all the princes thereof with him, says the LORD.
Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and
for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised
the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused
them to go astray, after the which their fathers have walked:
But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the
palaces of Jerusalem.
Thus says the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel,
and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the
righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the
poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in
unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:
And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge
by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their
destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars,
and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots
I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness,
to possess the land of the Amorite.
And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young
men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O all of you children of Israel? says
all of you gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying,
I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.
the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his
force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
Neither shall he stand that handles the bow; and he that
is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rides the horse
he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, says
this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against
the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,
You only have I known of all the families of the earth:
therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will
a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?
Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no animal
trap is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing
a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil
in a city, and the LORD has not done it?
Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his
secret unto his servants the prophets.
The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has
spoken, who can but prophesy?
Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in
the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria,
and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst
they know not to do right, says the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in
thus says the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even round about the land;
and he shall bring down your strength from you, and your palaces shall be spoiled.
says the LORD; As the shepherd takes out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or
a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in
Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.
Hear all of you, and testify in the house of Jacob, says
the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,
That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of
Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar
shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.
And I will strike the winter house with the summer house;
and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end,
says the LORD.
this word, all of you cattle of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which
oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and
let us drink.
Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that
he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.
And all of you shall go out at the breaches, every cow at
that which is before her; and all of you shall cast them into the palace, says
to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices
every morning, and your tithes after three years:
And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim
and publish the free offerings: for this likes you, O all of you children of Israel,
says the Lord GOD.
And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your
cities, and lack of bread in all your places: yet have all of you not returned
unto me, says the LORD.
And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were
yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused
it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon
it rained not withered.
So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink
water; but they were not satisfied: yet have all of you not returned unto me,
says the LORD.
have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards
and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them:
yet have all of you not returned unto me, says the LORD.
I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of
Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses;
and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have
all of you not returned unto me, says the LORD.
I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and
Gomorrah, and all of you were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have
all of you not returned unto me, says the LORD.
Therefore thus will I do unto you, O Israel: and because
I will do this unto you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.
For, lo, he that forms the mountains, and creates the wind,
and declares unto man what is his thought, that makes the morning darkness, and
treads upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.
all of you this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house
virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land;
there is none to raise her up.
For thus says the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a
thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall
leave ten, to the house of Israel.
For thus says the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek all
of you me, and all of you shall live:
But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not
to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come
the LORD, and all of you shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house
of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel.
All of you who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off
righteousness in the earth,
Seek him that makes the seven stars and Orion, and turns
the shadow of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night: that
calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth:
The LORD is his name:
That strengthens the spoiled against the strong, so that
the spoiled shall come against the fortress.
They hate him that rebukes in the gate, and they detest
him that speaks uprightly.
Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and
all of you take from him burdens of wheat: all of you have built houses of hewn
stone, but all of you shall not dwell in them; all of you have planted pleasant
vineyards, but all of you shall not drink wine of them.
For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty
sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in
the gate from their right.
Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for
it is an evil time.
Seek good, and not evil, that all of you may live: and so
the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as all of you have spoken.
the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that
the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD, says thus;
Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas!
alas! and they shall call the farmer to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation
in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through you, says the LORD.
unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of
the LORD is darkness, and not light.
As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or
went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness
hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
all of you offer me burnt offerings and your food offerings, I will not accept
them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
Take you away from me the noise of your songs; for I will
not hear the melody of your viols.
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as
a mighty stream.
all of you offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years,
O house of Israel?
But all of you have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch
and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which all of you made to yourselves.
will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, says the LORD, whose name
is The God of hosts.
Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain
of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel
all of you unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go all of you to Hamath the great:
then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or
their border greater than your border?
All of you that put far away the evil day, and cause the
seat of violence to come near;
That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon
their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst
of the stall;
chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music,
drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they
are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that
go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.
Lord GOD has sworn by himself, says the LORD the God of hosts, I detest the excellency
of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all
that is therein.
it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die.
a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burns him, to bring out the bones
out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is
there yet any with you? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold your tongue:
for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.
For, behold, the LORD commands, and he will strike the great
house with breaches, and the little house with clefts.
Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with
oxen? for all of you have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness
of you which rejoice in a thing of nothing, which say, Have we not taken to us
horns by our own strength?
But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house
of Israel, says the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the
entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.
Thus has the Lord GOD showed unto me; and, behold, he formed
grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo,
it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.
And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating
the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I plead to you: by whom
shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, says the LORD.
has the Lord GOD showed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by
fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.
Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I plead to you: by whom
shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, says
the Lord GOD.
he showed me: and, behold, the LORD stood upon a wall made by a plumb-line, with
a plumb-line in his hand.
And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what see you? And I said,
A plumb-line. Then said the LORD, Behold, I will set a plumb-line in the midst
of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:
And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the
sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of
Jeroboam with the sword.
Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king
of Israel, saying, Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of
Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.
For thus Amos says, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and
Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.
Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O you seer, go, flee you away
into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:
But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the
king's chapel, and it is the king's court.
Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet,
neither was I a prophet's son; but I was a herdsman, and a gatherer of sycomore
the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy
unto my people Israel.
Now therefore hear you the word of the LORD: You says, Prophesy
not against Israel, and drop not your word against the house of Isaac.
thus says the LORD; Your wife shall be an harlot in the city, and your sons and
your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be divided by line;
and you shall die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity
out of his land.
has the Lord GOD showed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.
8:2 And he
said, Amos, what see you? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the
LORD unto me, The end has come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass
by them any more.
the songs of the temple shall be wailings in that day, says the Lord GOD: there
shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.
this, O all of you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land
When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we
may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying
the balances by deceit?
That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a
pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
The LORD has sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I
will never forget any of their works.
Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn
that dwells therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast
out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
And it shall come to pass in that day, says the Lord GOD,
that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the
I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and
I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I
will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
the days come, says the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a
famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall
run back and forth to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
8:13 In that
day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Your god,
O Dan, lives; and, The manner of Beersheba lives; even they shall fall, and never
rise up again.
saw the LORD standing upon the altar: and he said, Strike the lintel of the door,
that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay
the last of them with the sword: he that flees of them shall not flee away, and
he that escapes of them shall not be delivered.
Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them;
though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I
will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in
the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the
sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and
not for good.
the Lord GOD of hosts is he that touches the land, and it shall melt, and all
that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and
shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
It is he that builds his stories in the heaven, and has
founded his troop in the earth; he that calls for the waters of the sea, and pours
them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.
Are all of you not as children of the Ethiopians unto me,
O children of Israel? says the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land
of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from
off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of
Jacob, says the LORD.
For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel
among all nations, like corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain
fall upon the earth.
All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which
say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that
is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and
I will build it as in the days of old:
That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the
heathen, which are called by my name, says the LORD that does this.
Behold, the days come, says the LORD, that the plowman shall
overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that sows seed; and the mountains
shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel,
and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant
vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the
fruit of them.
I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of
their land which I have given them, says the LORD your God.