Amos 1-9New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Judgment on Neighbor Nations
1 The words of Amos, who was among the sheepherders from Tekoa, which he [a]envisioned in visions concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam son of Joash, king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
2 He said,
3 Thus says the Lord,
6 Thus says the Lord,
9 Thus says the Lord,
11 Thus says the Lord,
13 Thus says the Lord,
Judgment on Judah and Israel
2 Thus says the Lord,
“For three transgressions of Moab and for four
4 Thus says the Lord,
6 Thus says the Lord,
9 “Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them,
All the Tribes Are Guilty
2 “You only have I [ab]chosen among all the families of the earth;
9 Proclaim on the citadels in Ashdod and on the citadels in the land of Egypt and say, “Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria and see the great tumults within her and the oppressions in her midst. 10 But they do not know how to do what is right,” declares the Lord, “these who hoard up [aj]violence and devastation in their citadels.”
11 Therefore, thus says the Lord God,
“An enemy, even one surrounding the land,
12 Thus says the Lord,
“Just as the shepherd [al]snatches from the lion’s mouth a couple of legs or a piece of an ear,
“Yet You Have Not Returned to Me”
4 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan who are on the mountain of Samaria,
4 “Enter Bethel and transgress;
6 “But I gave you also cleanness of teeth in all your cities
“Seek Me that You May Live”
5 Hear this word which I take up for you as a dirge, O house of Israel:
3 For thus says the Lord [av]God,
“The city which goes forth a thousand strong
4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel,
“Seek Me that you may live.
8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion
10 They hate him who reproves in the [bb]gate,
14 Seek good and not evil, that you may live;
16 Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts, the Lord,
“There is wailing in all the plazas,
18 Alas, you who are longing for the day of the Lord,
21 “I hate, I reject your festivals,
25 “[bk]Did you present Me with sacrifices and grain offerings in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel? 26 You also carried along [bl]Sikkuth your king and [bm]Kiyyun, your images, [bn]the star of your gods which you made for yourselves. 27 Therefore, I will make you go into exile beyond Damascus,” says the Lord, whose name is the God of hosts.
“Those at Ease in Zion”
6 Woe to those who are at ease in Zion
4 Those who recline on beds of ivory
9 And it will be, if ten men are left in one house, they will die. 10 Then one’s [bw]uncle, or his [bx]undertaker, will lift him up to carry out his bones from the house, and he will say to the one who is in the innermost part of the house, “Is anyone else with you?” And that one will say, “No one.” Then he will [by]answer, “Keep quiet. For [bz]the name of the Lord is not to be mentioned.” 11 For behold, the Lord is going to command that the great house be smashed to pieces and the small house to fragments.
12 Do horses run on rocks?
Warning Through Visions
7 Thus the Lord [cf]God showed me, and behold, He was forming a locust-swarm [cg]when the spring crop began to sprout. And behold, the spring crop was after the king’s [ch]mowing. 2 And it came about, [ci]when it had finished eating the vegetation of the land, that I said,
4 Thus the Lord God showed me, and behold, the Lord God was calling to contend with them by fire, and it consumed the great deep and began to consume the [cl]farm land. 5 Then I said,
“Lord God, please stop!
7 Thus He showed me, and behold, the Lord was standing [cn]by a [co]vertical wall with a plumb line in His hand. 8 The Lord said to me, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,
“Behold I am about to put a plumb line
Amos Accused, Answers
10 Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent word to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of Israel; the land is unable to endure all his words. 11 For thus Amos says, ‘Jeroboam will die by the sword and Israel will certainly go from its land into exile.’” 12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Go, you seer, flee away to the land of Judah and there eat bread and there do your prophesying! 13 But no longer prophesy at Bethel, for it is a sanctuary of the king and a royal [cq]residence.”
14 Then Amos replied to Amaziah, “I am not a prophet, nor am I the son of a prophet; for I am a herdsman and a [cr]grower of sycamore figs. 15 But the Lord took me from [cs]following the flock and the Lord said to me, ‘Go prophesy to My people Israel.’ 16 Now hear the word of the Lord: you are saying, ‘You shall not prophesy against Israel nor shall you [ct]speak against the house of Isaac.’ 17 Therefore, thus says the Lord, ‘Your wife will become a harlot in the city, your sons and your daughters will fall by the sword, your land will be parceled up by a measuring line and you yourself will die [cu]upon unclean soil. Moreover, Israel will certainly go from its land into exile.’”
Basket of Fruit and Israel’s Captivity
8 Thus the Lord [cv]God showed me, and behold, there was a basket of summer fruit. 2 He said, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel. I will [cw]spare them no longer. 3 [cx]The songs of the palace will turn to wailing in that day,” declares the Lord God. “Many will be the corpses; in every place [cy]they will cast them forth [cz]in silence.”
4 Hear this, you who [da]trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land, 5 saying,
“When will the new moon [db]be over,
7 The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob,
11 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God,
God’s Judgment Unavoidable
9 I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and He said,
“Smite the capitals so that the thresholds will shake,
5 The Lord [di]God of hosts,
7 “Are you not as the sons of Ethiopia to Me,
The Restoration of Israel
11 “In that day I will raise up the fallen [dl]booth of David,
13 “Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord,
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