Amos 1-9 English Standard Version (ESV)
1 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds[a] 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[b] before the earthquake.
Judgment on Israel's Neighbors
2 And he said:
“The Lord roars from Zion
3 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Damascus,
6 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Gaza,
9 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Tyre,
11 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Edom,
13 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of the Ammonites,
2 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Moab,
Judgment on Judah
4 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Judah,
Judgment on Israel
6 Thus says the Lord:
“For three transgressions of Israel,
9 “Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them,
12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine,
13 “Behold, I will press you down in your place,
Israel's Guilt and Punishment
3 Hear this word that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel, against the whole family that I brought up out of the land of Egypt:
2 “You only have I known
3 “Do two walk together,
7 “For the Lord God does nothing
9 Proclaim to the strongholds in Ashdod
11 Therefore thus says the Lord God:
“An adversary shall surround the land
12 Thus says the Lord: “As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who dwell in Samaria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part[i] of a bed.
13 “Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob,”
4 “Hear this word, you cows of Bashan,
4 “Come to Bethel, and transgress;
Israel Has Not Returned to the Lord
6 “I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
7 “I also withheld the rain from you
9 “I struck you with blight and mildew;
10 “I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt;
11 “I overthrew some of you,
12 “Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel;
13 For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind,
Seek the Lord and Live
5 Hear this word that I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel:
2 “Fallen, no more to rise,
3 For thus says the Lord God:
“The city that went out a thousand
4 For thus says the Lord to the house of Israel:
“Seek me and live;
6 Seek the Lord and live,
8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
10 They hate him who reproves in the gate,
14 Seek good, and not evil,
16 Therefore thus says the Lord, the God of hosts, the Lord:
“In all the squares there shall be wailing,
Let Justice Roll Down
18 Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord!
21 “I hate, I despise your feasts,
25 “Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel? 26 You shall take up Sikkuth your king, and Kiyyun your star-god—your images that you made for yourselves, 27 and I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,” says the Lord, whose name is the God of hosts.
Woe to Those at Ease in Zion
6 “Woe to those who are at ease in Zion,
4 “Woe to those who lie on beds of ivory
8 The Lord God has sworn by himself, declares the Lord, the God of hosts:
“I abhor the pride of Jacob
9 And if ten men remain in one house, they shall die. 10 And when one's relative, the one who anoints him for burial, shall take him up to bring the bones out of the house, and shall say to him who is in the innermost parts of the house, “Is there still anyone with you?” he shall say, “No”; and he shall say, “Silence! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”
11 For behold, the Lord commands,
7 This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, he was forming locusts when the latter growth was just beginning to sprout, and behold, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings. 2 When they had finished eating the grass of the land, I said,
“O Lord God, please forgive!
4 This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, the Lord God was calling for a judgment by fire, and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the land. 5 Then I said,
“O Lord God, please cease!
7 This is what he showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A plumb line.” Then the Lord said,
“Behold, I am setting a plumb line
10 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. 11 For thus Amos has said,
“‘Jeroboam shall die by the sword,
12 And Amaziah said to Amos, “O seer, go, flee away to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there, 13 but never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a temple of the kingdom.”
14 Then Amos answered and said to Amaziah, “I was[s] no prophet, nor a prophet's son, but I was a herdsman and a dresser of sycamore figs. 15 But the Lord took me from following the flock, and the Lord said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16 Now therefore hear the word of the Lord.
“You say, ‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
17 Therefore thus says the Lord:
“‘Your wife shall be a prostitute in the city,
The Coming Day of Bitter Mourning
8 This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit. 2 And he said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me,
“The end[t] has come upon my people Israel;
4 Hear this, you who trample on the needy
7 The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
9 “And on that day,” declares the Lord God,
11 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God,
13 “In that day the lovely virgins and the young men
The Destruction of Israel
9 I saw the Lord standing beside[x] the altar, and he said:
“Strike the capitals until the thresholds shake,
2 “If they dig into Sheol,
5 The Lord God of hosts,
7 “Are you not like the Cushites to me,
9 “For behold, I will command,
The Restoration of Israel
11 “In that day I will raise up
13 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord,
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