Amos 1-6New Living Translation (NLT)
1 This message was given to Amos, a shepherd from the town of Tekoa in Judah. He received this message in visions two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam II, the son of Jehoash,[a] was king of Israel.
2 This is what he saw and heard:
“The Lord’s voice will roar from Zion
God’s Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors
3 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Damascus have sinned again and again,[b]
6 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Gaza have sinned again and again,
9 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Tyre have sinned again and again,
11 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Edom have sinned again and again,
13 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Ammon have sinned again and again,
2 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Moab have sinned again and again,[d]
God’s Judgment on Judah and Israel
4 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Judah have sinned again and again,
6 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Israel have sinned again and again,
9 “But as my people watched,
13 “So I will make you groan
3 Listen to this message that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel—against the entire family I rescued from Egypt:
2 “From among all the families on the earth,
Witnesses against Guilty Israel
3 Can two people walk together
7 Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything
8 The lion has roared—
10 “My people have forgotten how to do right,”
12 This is what the Lord says:
“A shepherd who tries to rescue a sheep from a lion’s mouth
13 “Now listen to this, and announce it throughout all Israel,[h]” says the Lord, the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
14 “On the very day I punish Israel for its sins,
Israel’s Failure to Learn
4 Listen to me, you fat cows[i]
4 “Go ahead and offer sacrifices to the idols at Bethel.
6 “I brought hunger to every city
7 “I kept the rain from falling
9 “I struck your farms and vineyards with blight and mildew.
10 “I sent plagues on you
11 “I destroyed some of your cities,
12 “Therefore, I will bring upon you all the disasters I have announced.
13 For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains,
A Call to Repentance
5 Listen, you people of Israel! Listen to this funeral song I am singing:
2 “The virgin Israel has fallen,
3 The Sovereign Lord says:
“When a city sends a thousand men to battle,
4 Now this is what the Lord says to the family of Israel:
“Come back to me and live!
8 It is the Lord who created the stars,
10 How you hate honest judges!
14 Do what is good and run from evil
16 Therefore, this is what the Lord, the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, says:
“There will be crying in all the public squares
Warning of Coming Judgment
18 What sorrow awaits you who say,
21 “I hate all your show and pretense—
25 “Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, Israel? 26 No, you served your pagan gods—Sakkuth your king god and Kaiwan your star god—the images you made for yourselves. 27 So I will send you into exile, to a land east of Damascus,[o]” says the Lord, whose name is the God of Heaven’s Armies.
6 What sorrow awaits you who lounge in luxury in Jerusalem,[p]
8 The Sovereign Lord has sworn by his own name, and this is what he, the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, says:
“I despise the arrogance of Israel,[r]
9 (If there are ten men left in one house, they will all die. 10 And when a relative who is responsible to dispose of the dead[s] goes into the house to carry out the bodies, he will ask the last survivor, “Is anyone else with you?” When the person begins to swear, “No, by . . . ,” he will interrupt and say, “Stop! Don’t even mention the name of the Lord.”)
11 When the Lord gives the command,
12 Can horses gallop over boulders?
14 “O people of Israel, I am about to bring an enemy nation against you,”
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