Amos 4-7 New International Version (NIV)
Israel Has Not Returned to God
4 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
6 “I gave you empty stomachs in every city
7 “I also withheld rain from you
9 “Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards,
10 “I sent plagues among you
11 “I overthrew some of you
12 “Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel,
13 He who forms the mountains,
A Lament and Call to Repentance
5 Hear this word, Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:
2 “Fallen is Virgin Israel,
3 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Israel:
“Your city that marches out a thousand strong
4 This is what the Lord says to Israel:
“Seek me and live;
7 There are those who turn justice into bitterness
8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
11 You levy a straw tax on the poor
There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes
14 Seek good, not evil,
16 Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord God Almighty, says:
“There will be wailing in all the streets
The Day of the Lord
18 Woe to you who long
21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
25 “Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
Woe to the Complacent
6 Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
The Lord Abhors the Pride of Israel
8 The Sovereign Lord has sworn by himself—the Lord God Almighty declares:
“I abhor the pride of Jacob
9 If ten people are left in one house, they too will die. 10 And if the relative who comes to carry the bodies out of the house to burn them[f] asks anyone who might be hiding there, “Is anyone else with you?” and he says, “No,” then he will go on to say, “Hush! We must not mention the name of the Lord.”
11 For the Lord has given the command,
12 Do horses run on the rocky crags?
14 For the Lord God Almighty declares,
Locusts, Fire and a Plumb Line
7 This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king’s share had been harvested and just as the late crops were coming up. 2 When they had stripped the land clean, I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, forgive! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”
3 So the Lord relented.
“This will not happen,” the Lord said.
4 This is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: The Sovereign Lord was calling for judgment by fire; it dried up the great deep and devoured the land. 5 Then I cried out, “Sovereign Lord, I beg you, stop! How can Jacob survive? He is so small!”
6 So the Lord relented.
“This will not happen either,” the Sovereign Lord said.
“A plumb line,” I replied.
Then the Lord said, “Look, I am setting a plumb line among my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.
9 “The high places of Isaac will be destroyed
Amos and Amaziah
10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent a message to Jeroboam king of Israel: “Amos is raising a conspiracy against you in the very heart of Israel. The land cannot bear all his words. 11 For this is what Amos is saying:
“‘Jeroboam will die by the sword,
12 Then Amaziah said to Amos, “Get out, you seer! Go back to the land of Judah. Earn your bread there and do your prophesying there. 13 Don’t prophesy anymore at Bethel, because this is the king’s sanctuary and the temple of the kingdom.”
14 Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor the son of a prophet, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. 15 But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ 16 Now then, hear the word of the Lord. You say,
“‘Do not prophesy against Israel,
17 “Therefore this is what the Lord says:
“‘Your wife will become a prostitute in the city,
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