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Fraud and Hypocrisy on Holy Days

Listen to this, you who trample on the needy
        to wipe out the oppressed from the land,
who say, “When will the New Moon be over so that we can sell grain?
    When will the Sabbath end so that we can open the grain bins?
    Then we will make the bushel[a] smaller and make the shekel weight heavier.[b]
    We will cheat with dishonest scales.
We will buy the poor for silver
    and the needy for a pair of sandals.
    We will sell the chaff with the grain.”

A Famine of the Lord’s Word

The Lord swears by the Pride of Jacob,
    “I will never forget any of their deeds!”

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  1. Amos 8:5 Literally the ephah
  2. Amos 8:5 Merchants cheated by measuring out the grain they were selling with an undersized bushel and weighing the silver they received with an overweight shekel.