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Amos: Chapter 4

He reproves Israel for oppression, 1-3, for idolatry, 4-5, and for their refusal to be returned and reformed, 6-13.

1 Hear this word, you heifers of Bashan, who are in the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their masters, "Bring, and let us drink."

2 The Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness, that, "Behold, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fish-hooks,

3 And you shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her, and you shall cast them into the palace," says the LORD.

4 "Come to Beth-el and transgress. At Gilgal multiply transgression. Bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years.

5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the voluntary-offerings. For this pleases you, O children of Israel," says the Lord GOD.

6 "And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in all your places, yet you have not returned to me," says the LORD.

7 "And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest. And I caused it to rain upon one city, and did not cause it to rain upon another city. One piece was rained upon, and the piece on which it did not rain withered.

8 So two or three cities wandered to one city, to drink water, but they were not satisfied. Yet you have not returned to me," says the LORD.

9 "I have smitten you with blasting and mildew. When your gardens, your vineyards, your fig-trees, and your olive-trees increased, the cutting-locust devoured them. Yet you have not returned to me," says the LORD.

10 "I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt. Your young men I have slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses, and I have made the ill savor of your camps to come up to your nostrils. Yet you have not returned to me," says the LORD.

11 "I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were as a fire-brand plucked out of the burning. Yet you have not returned to me," says the LORD.

12 "Therefore, thus I will do to you, O Israel. And because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.

13 For behold, he who forms the mountains, creates the wind, declares to man what is his thought, makes the morning darkness, and treads upon the high places of the earth, Yahweh, the God of hosts, is his name."