The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen 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
before the earthquake. And he said, Jehovah will
roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the pastures of
the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
Thus says Jehovah: For three transgressions of
Damascus, yea, for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof;
because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:
but I will send a fire into the house of Hazael,
and it shall devour the palaces of Ben-hadad. And
I will break the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the
valley of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden;
and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, says Jehovah.
Thus says Jehovah: For three transgressions of
Gaza, yea, for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because
they carried away captive the whole people, to deliver them up to Edom:
but I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, and
it shall devour the palaces thereof. And I will
cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from
Ashkelon; and I will turn my hand against Ekron; and the remnant of the
Philistines shall perish, says the Lord Jehovah.
Thus says Jehovah: For three transgressions of
Tyre, yea, for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because
they delivered up the whole people to Edom, and remembered not the
brotherly covenant: but I will send a fire on
the wall of Tyre, and it shall devour the palaces thereof.
Thus says Jehovah: For three transgressions of
Edom, yea, for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because
he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and
his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever:
but I will send a fire upon Teman, and it shall
devour the palaces of Bozrah. Thus says
Jehovah: For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, yea, for four,
I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up
the women with child of Gilead, that they may enlarge their border.
But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah,
and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of
battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind;
and their king shall go into captivity, he and
his princes together, says Jehovah.
Thus says Jehovah: For three transgressions of
Moab, yea, for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because
he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:
but I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall
devour the palaces of Kerioth; and Moab shall die with tumult, with
shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet; and
I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the
princes thereof with him, says Jehovah. Thus
says Jehovah: For three transgressions of Judah, yea, for four, I will
not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have rejected the law
of Jehovah, and have not kept his statutes, and their lies have caused
them to err, after which their fathers did walk:
but I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall
devour the palaces of Jerusalem. Thus says
Jehovah: For three transgressions of Israel, yea, for four, I will not
turn away the punishment thereof; because they have sold the righteous for
silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes- they
that pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn
aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father go unto the
same maiden, to profane my holy name: and
they lay themselves down beside every altar upon clothes taken in pledge;
and in the house of their God they drink the wine of such as have been
fined. Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them,
whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the
oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
Also I brought you up out of the land of Egypt,
and led you forty years in the wilderness, to possess the land of the
Amorite. And I raised up of your sons for
prophets, and of your young men for Nazirites. Is it not even thus, O ye
children of Israel? says Jehovah. But ye gave
the Nazirites wine to drink, and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy
not. Behold, I will press you in your
place, as a cart presseth that is full of sheaves.
And flight shall perish from the swift; and the
strong shall not strengthen his force; neither shall the mighty deliver
himself; neither shall he stand that handleth
the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself;
neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself;
and he that is courageous among the mighty shall
flee away naked in that day, says Jehovah.
Hear this word that Jehovah hath spoken against
you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out
of the land of Egypt, saying, You only have I
known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will visit upon you
all your iniquities. Shall two walk together,
except they have agreed? Will a lion roar in the
forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he
have taken nothing? Can a bird fall in a snare
upon the earth, where no gin is set for him? shall a snare spring
up from the ground, and have taken nothing at all?
Shall the trumpet be blown in a city, and the
people not be afraid? shall evil befall a city, and Jehovah hath not done
it? Surely the Lord Jehovah will do nothing,
except he reveal his secret unto his servants the prophets.
The lion hath roared; who will not fear? The Lord
Jehovah hath spoken; who can but prophesy?
Publish ye in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the
palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the
mountains of Samaria, and behold what great tumults are therein, and what
oppressions in the midst thereof. For they know
not to do right, says Jehovah, who store up violence and robbery in their
palaces. Therefore thus says the Lord Jehovah:
An adversary there shall be, even round about the land; and he
shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be
plundered. Thus says Jehovah: As the shepherd
rescueth out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so
shall the children of Israel be rescued that sit in Samaria in the corner
of a couch, and on the silken cushions of a bed.
Hear ye, and testify against the house of Jacob,
says the Lord Jehovah, the God of hosts. For in
the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him, I will
also visit the altars of Beth-el; and the horns of the altar shall be cut
off, and fall to the ground. And I will smite
the winter-house with the summer-house; and the houses of ivory shall
perish, and the great houses shall have an end, says Jehovah.
Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in
the mountain of Samaria, that oppress the poor, that crush the needy, that
say unto their lords, Bring, and let us drink.
The Lord Jehovah hath sworn by his holiness,
that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that they shall take you away with
hooks, and your residue with fish-hooks. And ye
shall go out at the breaches, every one straight before her; and ye shall
cast yourselves into Harmon, says Jehovah.
Come to Beth-el, and transgress; to Gilgal,
and multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every
morning, and your tithes every three days;
and offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that
which is leavened, and proclaim freewill-offerings and publish them: for
this pleaseth you, O ye children of Israel, says the Lord Jehovah.
And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in
all your cities, and want of bread in all your places; yet have ye not
returned unto me, says Jehovah. And I also have
withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the
harvest; and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain
upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it
rained not withered. So two or three cities
wandered unto one city to drink water, and were not satisfied: yet have ye
not returned unto me, says Jehovah. I have
smitten you with blasting and mildew: the multitude of your gardens and
your vineyards and your fig-trees and your olive-trees hath the
palmer-worm devoured: yet have ye not returned unto me, says Jehovah.
I have sent among you the pestilence after the
manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have
carried away your horses; and I have made the stench of your camp to come
up even into your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, says
Jehovah. I have overthrown cities among
you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a brand
plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, says
Jehovah. Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O
Israel; and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy
God, O Israel. For, lo, he that formeth the
mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his
thought; that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high
places of the Earth-jehovah, the God of hosts, is his name.
Hear ye this word which I take up for a
lamentation over you, O house of Israel. The
virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is cast down upon
her land; there is none to raise her up. For thus
says the Lord Jehovah: The city that went forth a thousand shall have a
hundred left, and that which went forth a hundred shall have ten left, to
the house of Israel. For thus says Jehovah unto
the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live;
but seek not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and
pass not to Beer-sheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and
Beth-el shall come to nought. Seek Jehovah, and
ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it
devour, and there be none to quench it in Beth-el.
Ye who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down
righteousness to the earth, seek him that
maketh the Pleiades and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the
morning, and maketh the day dark with night; that calleth for the waters
of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth (Jehovah is
his name); that bringeth sudden destruction upon
the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress.
They hate him that reproveth in the gate, and
they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
Forasmuch therefore as ye trample upon the poor,
and take exactions from him of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone,
but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye
shall not drink the wine thereof. For I know how
manifold are your transgressions, and how mighty are your sins-ye that
afflict the just, that take a bribe, and that turn aside the needy in the
gate from their right. Therefore he that
is prudent shall keep silence in such a time; for it is an evil time.
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live; and
so Jehovah, the God of hosts, will be with you, as ye say.
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish
justice in the gate: it may be that Jehovah, the God of hosts, will be
gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. Therefore
thus says Jehovah, the God of hosts, the Lord: Wailing shall be in all
the broad ways; and they shall say in all the streets, Alas! Alas! and
they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful in
lamentation to wailing. And in all vineyards
shall be wailing; for I will pass through the midst of thee, says
Jehovah. Woe unto you that desire the day of
Jehovah! Wherefore would ye have the day of Jehovah? It is darkness, and
not light. As if a man did flee from a lion, and
a bear met him; or went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall,
and a serpent bit him. Shall not the day of
Jehovah be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in
it? I hate, I despise your feasts, and I will
take no delight in your solemn assemblies. Yea,
though ye offer me your burnt-offerings and meal-offerings, I will not
accept them; neither will I regard the peace-offerings of your fat beasts.
Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs;
for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. But
let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
Did ye bring unto me sacrifices and offerings in
the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
Yea, ye have borne the tabernacle of your king
and the shrine of your images, the star of your god, which ye made to
yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go
into captivity beyond Damascus, says Jehovah, whose name is the God of
Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and to them
that are secure in the mountain of Samaria, the notable men of the chief
of the nations, to whom the house of Israel come!
Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go
ye to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines: are they
better than these kingdoms? or is their border greater than your border?
-ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the
seat of violence to come near; that lie upon beds
of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out
of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
that sing idle songs to the sound of the viol;
that invent for themselves instruments of music, like David;
that drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves
with the chief oils; but they are not grieved for the affliction of
Joseph. Therefore shall they now go captive with
the first that go captive; and the revelry of them that stretched
themselves shall pass away. The Lord Jehovah hath
sworn by himself, says Jehovah, the God of hosts: I abhor the excellency
of Jacob, and hate his palaces; therefore will I deliver up the city with
all that is therein. And it shall come to pass,
if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die.
And when a man's uncle shall take him up, even
he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall
say unto him that is in the innermost parts of the house, Is there yet any
with thee? and he shall say, No; then shall he say, Hold thy peace; for we
may not make mention of the name of Jehovah.
For, behold, Jehovah commandeth, and the great
house shall be smitten with breaches, and the little house with clefts.
Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow
there with oxen? that ye have turned justice into gall, and the
fruit of righteousness into wormwood; ye that
rejoice in a thing of nought, that say, Have we not taken to us horns by
our own strength? For, behold, I will raise up
against you a nation, O house of Israel, says Jehovah, the God of hosts;
and they shall afflict you from the entrance of Hamath unto the brook of
Thus the Lord Jehovah showed me: and, behold, he
formed locusts in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth;
and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.
And it came to pass that, when they made an end
of eating the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord Jehovah, forgive, I
beseech thee: how shall Jacob stand? for he is small.
Jehovah repented concerning this: It shall not
be, says Jehovah. Thus the Lord Jehovah showed
me: and, behold, the Lord Jehovah called to content by fire; and it
devoured the great deep, and would have eaten up the land.
Then said I, O Lord Jehovah, cease, I beseech
thee: how shall Jacob stand? for he is small.
Jehovah repented concerning this: this also shall
not be, says the Lord Jehovah. Thus he showed
me: and, behold, the Lord stood beside a wall made by a plumb-line, with a
plumb-line in his hand. And Jehovah said unto me,
Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumb-line. Then said the Lord,
Behold, I will set a plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel; I will
not again pass by them any more; and the high
places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be
laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
Then Amaziah the priest of Beth-el sent to
Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the
midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.
For thus Amos says, Jeroboam shall die by the
sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of his land.
Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go,
flee thou away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy
there: but prophesy not again any more at
Beth-el; for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a royal house.
Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was
no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son; but I was a herdsman, and a
dresser of sycomore-trees: and Jehovah took me
from following the flock, and Jehovah said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my
people Israel. Now therefore hear thou the word
of Jehovah: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy
word against the house of Isaac; therefore
thus says Jehovah: Thy wife shall be a harlot in the city, and thy sons
and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided
by line; and thou thyself will die in a land that is unclean, and Israel
shall surely be led away captive out of his land.
Thus the Lord Jehovah showed me: and, behold, a
basket of summer fruit. And he said, Amos, what
seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said Jehovah unto
me, The end is come upon my people Israel; I will not again pass by them
any more. And the songs of the temple shall be
wailings in that day, says the Lord Jehovah: the dead bodies shall be
many: in every place shall they cast them forth with silence.
Hear this, O ye that would swallow up the needy,
and cause the poor of the land to fail, saying,
When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell grain? and the sabbath,
that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great,
and dealing falsely with balances of deceit; that
we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes, and
sell the refuse of the wheat? Jehovah hath sworn
by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.
Shall not the land tremble for this, and every
one mourn that dwelleth therein? yea, it shall rise up wholly like the
River; and it shall be troubled and sink again, like the River of Egypt.
And it shall come to pass in that day, says the
Lord Jehovah, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will
darken the earth in the clear day. And I will
turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I
will bring sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I
will make it as the mourning for an only son, and the end thereof as a
bitter day. Behold, the days come, says the
Lord Jehovah, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of
bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of Jehovah.
And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from
the north even to the east; they shall run to and fro to seek the word of
Jehovah, and shall not find it. In that day
shall the fair virgins and the young men faint for thirst.
They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say,
As thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, As the way of Beer-sheba liveth; they
shall fall, and never rise up again.
I saw the Lord standing beside the altar: and he
said, Smite the capitals, that the thresholds may shake; and break them in
pieces on the head of all of them; and I will slay the last of them with
the sword: there shall not one of them flee away, and there shall not one
of them escape. Though they dig into Sheol,
thence shall my hand take them; and though they climb up to heaven, thence
will I bring them down. And though they hide
themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence;
and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will
I command the serpent, and it shall bite them.
And though they go into captivity before their
enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I
will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
For the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, is he that
toucheth the land and it melteth, and all that dwell therein shall mourn;
and it shall rise up wholly like the River, and shall sink again, like the
River of Egypt; it is he that buildeth his
chambers in the heavens, and hath founded his vault upon the earth; he
that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face
of the earth; Jehovah is his name. Are ye not as
the children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? says
Jehovah. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt, and the
Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
Behold, the eyes of the Lord Jehovah are upon the
sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; save
that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, says Jehovah.
For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the
house of Israel among all the nations, like as grain is sifted in a
sieve, yet shall not the least kernel fall upon the earth.
All the sinners of my people shall die by the
sword, who say, The evil shall not overtake nor meet us.
In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of
David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise
up its ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old;
that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and
all the nations that are called by my name, says Jehovah that doeth this.
Behold, the days come, says Jehovah, that the
plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that
soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills
shall melt. And I will bring back the captivity
of my people Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit
them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they
shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
And I will plant them upon their land, and they
shall no more be plucked up out of their land which I have given them,
says Jehovah thy God.