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Amos 8 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

The Vision of the Ripe Fruit

This is what the Lord God showed me: I saw a basket of summer fruit. He said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”

I said, “A basket of summer fruit.”

Then the Lord said to me, “The end[a] has come to my people Israel. I will not ignore their sins anymore. Their temple songs will become funeral songs.” This is what the Lord God said. “There will be dead bodies everywhere. In silence, people will take out the dead bodies and throw them onto the pile.[b]

Merchants Only Want to Make Money

Listen to me, you who trample on helpless people.
    You are trying to destroy the poor of this country.
You merchants say,
    “When will the New Moon be over so that we can sell grain?
When will the Sabbath be over
    so that we can bring out more wheat to sell?
We can raise the price
    and make the measure smaller.[c]
We can fix the scales
    and cheat the people.[d]
The poor cannot pay their loans,
    so we will buy them as slaves.
We will buy those helpless people
    for the price of a pair of sandals.
Oh, and we can sell the wheat
    that was spilled on the floor.”

The Lord made a promise. He used his name, “Pride of Jacob,” and made this promise:

“I will never forget what those people did.
There will be an earthquake
    that will shake the whole land because of what they did.
Everyone living there will cry for those who died.
    The land will be tossed around.
The whole land will rise and fall like the Nile River in Egypt.”

The Lord God also said,
“At that time I will make the sun set at noon
    and make the land dark on a clear day.
10 I will change your festivals into days of crying for the dead.
    All your songs will be songs of sadness for those who are dead.
I will put mourning clothes on every body
    and baldness on every head.[e]
I will cause mourning everywhere,
    like that for an only son who has died.
It will be a very bitter end.”

A Famine of God’s Word

11 The Lord God says,

“Look, the days are coming
    when I will cause a famine in the land.
The people will not be hungry for bread.
    They will not be thirsty for water.
    No, they will be hungry for words from the Lord.
12 The people will wander around the country,
    from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean Sea,
    and from the north part of the country to the east.
They will go back and forth looking for a message from the Lord,
    but they will not find it.
13 At that time the beautiful young men and women
    will become weak from thirst.
14 They made promises by the sin of Samaria,[f]
    They said, ‘Dan,[g] as surely as your god lives, we promise ….’
    And they said, ‘As surely as the god of Beersheba[h] lives, we promise ….’
But they will fall
    and never get up again.”

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 8:2 end This Hebrew word sounds like the word for “summer fruit.”
  2. Amos 8:3 In silence … the pile Or “People will be saying, ‘Hush!’” See Amos 6:10.
  3. Amos 8:5 We … smaller Literally, “We will make the ephah small and the shekel large.”
  4. Amos 8:5 We … people Literally, “Cheat with lying balances.”
  5. Amos 8:10 baldness … head People shaved their heads to show that they were very sad or upset.
  6. Amos 8:14 sin of Samaria The calf god in Samaria.
  7. Amos 8:14 Dan One of Israel’s holy places was in this city.
  8. Amos 8:14 Beersheba A town in Judah. This name means “well of the oath.”
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Amos 8 New International Version (NIV)

A Basket of Ripe Fruit

This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. “What do you see, Amos?” he asked.

“A basket of ripe fruit,” I answered.

Then the Lord said to me, “The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.

“In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord, “the songs in the temple will turn to wailing.[a] Many, many bodies—flung everywhere! Silence!

Hear this, you who trample the needy
    and do away with the poor of the land,

saying,

“When will the New Moon be over
    that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
    that we may market wheat?”
skimping on the measure,
    boosting the price
    and cheating with dishonest scales,
buying the poor with silver
    and the needy for a pair of sandals,
    selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: “I will never forget anything they have done.

“Will not the land tremble for this,
    and all who live in it mourn?
The whole land will rise like the Nile;
    it will be stirred up and then sink
    like the river of Egypt.

“In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord,

“I will make the sun go down at noon
    and darken the earth in broad daylight.
10 I will turn your religious festivals into mourning
    and all your singing into weeping.
I will make all of you wear sackcloth
    and shave your heads.
I will make that time like mourning for an only son
    and the end of it like a bitter day.

11 “The days are coming,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
    “when I will send a famine through the land—
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
    but a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.
12 People will stagger from sea to sea
    and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the Lord,
    but they will not find it.

13 “In that day

“the lovely young women and strong young men
    will faint because of thirst.
14 Those who swear by the sin of Samaria
    who say, ‘As surely as your god lives, Dan,’
    or, ‘As surely as the god[b] of Beersheba lives’—
    they will fall, never to rise again.

Footnotes:

  1. Amos 8:3 Or “the temple singers will wail
  2. Amos 8:14 Hebrew the way
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