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Amos: Chapter 9

The certainty of the desolation, 1-10. The restoring of the tabernacle of David, 11-15.

1 I saw the Lord standing upon the altar, and he said, "Smite the lintel of the door, so that the posts may shake. Cut them in the head, all of them. I will slay the last of them with the sword. He who flees of them shall not flee away, and he who escapes of them shall not be delivered.

2 Though they dig into the place of the dead, from there my hand shall take them. Though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down.

3 Though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out from there. Though they are hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, from there I will command the serpent, and he shall bite them.

4 Though they go into captivity before their enemies, from there I will command the sword, and it shall slay them. And I will set my eyes upon them for evil, and not for good."

5 And the Lord GOD of hosts is he who touches the land, and it shall melt, and all who dwell in it shall mourn. And it shall rise up wholly like a flood, and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.

6 It is he who builds his upper chambers in the heaven and has founded his vault on the earth, he who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the face of the earth—Yahweh is his name.

7 "Are you not as children of the Cushites to me, O children of Israel?" says the LORD. "Have I not brought up Israel from the land of Egypt, the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Assyrians from Kir?

8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth, except that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob," says the LORD.

9 "For behold, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet the least grain shall not fall upon the earth.

10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, who say, 'The evil shall not overtake nor fall upon us.'

11 In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that has fallen, and close up its breaches. And I will raise up its ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old,

12 So that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, who are called by my name," says the LORD who does this.

13 "Behold, the days come," says the LORD, "that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes shall overtake him who sows seed. And the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.

14 And I will bring back the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them. And they shall plant vineyards, and drink their wine. They shall also make gardens, and eat their fruit.

15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no longer be pulled up out of their land which I have given them," says the LORD your God.