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Amos: Chapter 5

A lamentation for Israel, 1-3. An exhortation to repentance, 4-20. God rejects their hypocritical service, 21-27.

1 Hear this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel.

2 "The virgin of Israel has fallen. She shall no longer rise! She is forsaken upon her land. There is no one to raise her up."

3 For thus says the Lord GOD: "The city that went out by one thousand shall leave one hundred, and that which went forth by one hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel."

4 For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: "Seek me, and you shall live.

5 But do not seek Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and do not pass to Beer-sheba, for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el shall come to nothing.

6 Seek the LORD, and you shall live, lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be no one to quench it in Beth-el.

7 You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness on the earth,

8 Seek him who makes the seven stars and Orion, turns the shades of death into the morning, makes the day dark with night, who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth. YAHWEH is his name.

9 He strengthens the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.

10 They hate him who rebukes in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks uprightly.

11 Because your treading is upon the poor and you take burdens of wheat from him, therefore you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them. And you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine.

12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins. They afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate.

13 Therefore, the prudent shall keep silence in that time, for it is an evil time.

14 Seek good, and not evil, so that you may live. Then the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as you have spoken.

15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate. It may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph."

16 Therefore, Yahweh, the God of hosts, the Lord, says thus: "Wailing shall be in all streets, and they shall say in all the highways, 'Alas! Alas!' And they shall call the farmer to mourning, and those who are skillful in lamentation to wailing.

17 And in all vineyards there shall be wailing, for I will pass through you," says the LORD.

18 "Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! To what end is it for you? The day of the LORD is darkness, and not light,

19 As if a man fled 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.

20 Shall the day of the LORD not be darkness, rather than light, even very dark, and no brightness in it?

21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.

22 Though you offer me burnt-offerings and your food-offerings, I will not accept them, neither will I regard the peace-offerings of your fat beasts.

23 Take away from me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your harps.

24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

25 "Have you offered to me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? 26 But you have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which you made for yourselves. 27 Therefore, I will cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus," says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.