Hear this, O ye that [a]swallow up the poor, that ye may make the needy of the land to fail,

Saying, When will the [b]new month be gone, that we may sell corn? and the Sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, and make [c]the Ephah small and the shekel great, and falsify the weights by deceit?

That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for shoes: yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat.

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 8:4 By staying the sale of food, and necessary things which you have gotten into your own hands, and so cause the poor to spend quickly that little that they have, and at length for necessity to become your slaves.
  2. Amos 8:5 When the dearth was once come they were so greedy of gain, that they thought the holy day to be an hindrance unto them.
  3. Amos 8:5 That is, the measure small, and the price great.