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The Basket of Fruit

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

“The end[a] has come upon my people Israel;
    I will spare them no longer.(A)
The songs of the temple[b] shall become wailings on that day,”
            says the Lord God;
“the dead bodies shall be many,
    cast out in every place. Be silent!”(B)

Hear this, you who trample on the needy,
    and bring to ruin the poor of the land,(C)
saying, “When will the new moon be over
    so that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath,
    so that we may offer wheat for sale?
We will make the ephah smaller and the shekel heavier
    and practice deceit with false balances,(D)
buying the poor for silver
    and the needy for a pair of sandals
    and selling the sweepings of the wheat.”(E)

The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
Surely I will never forget any of their deeds.(F)
Shall not the land tremble on this account,
    and everyone mourn who lives in it,
and all of it rise like the Nile,
    and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?(G)

On that day, says the Lord God,
    I will make the sun go down at noon
    and darken the earth in broad daylight.(H)
10 I will turn your feasts into mourning
    and all your songs into lamentation;
I will bring sackcloth on all loins
    and baldness on every head;
I will make it like the mourning for an only son
    and the end of it like a bitter day.(I)

11 The time is surely coming, says the Lord God,
    when I will send a famine on the land,
not a famine of bread or a thirst for water,
    but of hearing the words of the Lord.(J)
12 They shall wander from sea to sea
    and from north to east;
they shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the Lord,
    but they shall not find it.(K)

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  1. 8.2 In Heb the word for end is related to the word for summer fruit
  2. 8.3 Or palace