The Book of the Prophet Amos
1 The words of Amos, who was among the shepherds of Teko'a, which he
saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzzi'ah king of Judah and in the days
of Jerobo'am the son of Jo'ash, king of Israel, two years before the
earthquake. 2 And he said: "The LORD roars from Zion, and utters his voice
from Jerusalem; the pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the top of Carmel
3 Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Damascus, and for
four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they have threshed Gilead
with threshing sledges of iron. 4 So I will send a fire upon the house of
Haz'ael, and it shall devour the strongholds of Ben-ha'dad. 5 I will break
the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitants from the Valley of Aven,
and him that holds the scepter from Beth-eden; and the people of Syria
shall go into exile to Kir," says the LORD.
6 Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four,
I will not revoke the punishment; because they carried into exile a whole
people to deliver them up to Edom. 7 So I will send a fire upon the wall
of Gaza, and it shall devour her strongholds. 8 I will cut off the
inhabitants from Ashdod, and him that holds the scepter from Ash'kelon; I
will turn my hand against Ekron; and the remnant of the Philistines shall
perish," says the Lord GOD.
9 Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Tyre, and for four,
I will not revoke the punishment; because they delivered up a whole people
to Edom, and did not remember the covenant of brotherhood. 10 So I will
send a fire upon the wall of Tyre, and it shall devour her strongholds."
11 Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Edom, and for four,
I will not revoke the punishment; because he pursued his brother with the
sword, and cast off all pity, and his anger tore perpetually, and he kept
his wrath for ever. 12 So I will send a fire upon Teman, and it shall
devour the strongholds of Bozrah."
13 Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of the Ammonites, and
for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they have ripped up
women with child in Gilead, that they might enlarge their border. 14 So I
will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour her
strongholds, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day
of the whirlwind; 15 and their king shall go into exile, he and his
princes together," says the LORD.
1 Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Moab, and for four,
I will not revoke the punishment; because he burned to lime the bones of
the king of Edom. 2 So I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour
the strongholds of Ker'ioth, and Moab shall die amid uproar, amid shouting
and the sound of the trumpet; 3 I will cut off the ruler from its midst,
and will slay all its princes with him," says the LORD.
4 Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Judah, and for four,
I will not revoke the punishment; because they have rejected the law of
the LORD, and have not kept his statutes, but their lies have led them
astray, after which their fathers walked. 5 So I will send a fire upon
Judah, and it shall devour the strongholds of Jerusalem."
6 Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Israel, and for
four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they sell the righteous
for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes-- 7 they that trample the
head of the poor into the dust of the earth, and turn aside the way of the
afflicted; a man and his father go in to the same maiden, so that my holy
name is profaned; 8 they lay themselves down beside every altar upon
garments taken in pledge; and in the house of their God they drink the
wine of those who have been fined.
9 "Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them, whose height was like the
height of the cedars, and who was as strong as the oaks; I destroyed his
fruit above, and his roots beneath. 10 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. 11 And I raised up some of your sons for prophets,
and some of your young men for Nazirites. Is it not indeed so, O people of
Israel?" says the LORD.
12 "But you made the Nazirites drink wine, and commanded the prophets,
saying, 'You shall not prophesy.' 13 "Behold, I will press you down in
your place, as a cart full of sheaves presses down. 14 Flight shall perish
from the swift, and the strong shall not retain his strength, nor shall
the mighty save his life; 15 he who handles the bow shall not stand, and
he who is swift of foot shall not save himself, nor shall he who rides the
horse save his life; 16 and he who is stout of heart among the mighty
shall flee away naked in that day," says the LORD.
1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O people of
Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of
Egypt: 2 "You only have I known of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
3 "Do two walk together, unless they have made an appointment? 4 Does a
lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Does a young lion cry out
from his den, if he has taken nothing? 5 Does a bird fall in a snare on
the earth, when there is no trap for it? Does a snare spring up from the
ground, when it has taken nothing? 6 Is a trumpet blown in a city, and the
people are not afraid? Does evil befall a city, unless the LORD has done
it? 7 Surely the Lord GOD does nothing, without revealing his secret to
his servants the prophets. 8 The lion has roared; who will not fear? The
Lord GOD has spoken; who can but prophesy?"
9 Proclaim to the strongholds in Assyria, and to the strongholds in the
land of Egypt, and say, "Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of
Sama'ria, and see the great tumults within her, and the oppressions in her
midst." 10 "They do not know how to do right," says the LORD, "those who
store up violence and robbery in their strongholds." 11 Therefore thus
says the Lord GOD: "An adversary shall surround the land, and bring down
your defenses from you, and your strongholds shall be plundered."
12 Thus says the LORD: "As the shepherd rescues from the mouth of the
lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the people of Israel who
dwell in Sama'ria be rescued, with the corner of a couch and part of a
13 "Hear, and testify against the house of Jacob," says the Lord GOD,
the God of hosts, 14 "that on the day I punish Israel for his
transgressions, I will punish the altars of Bethel, and the horns of the
altar shall be cut off and fall to the ground. 15 I will smite the winter
house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the
great houses shall come to an end," says the LORD.
1 "Hear this word, you cows of Bashan, who are in the mountain of
Sama'ria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their
husbands, 'Bring, that we may drink!' 2 The Lord GOD has sworn by his
holiness that, behold, the days are coming upon you, when they shall take
you away with hooks, even the last of you with fishhooks. 3 And you shall
go out through the breaches, every one straight before her; and you shall
be cast forth into Harmon," says the LORD.
4 "Come to Bethel, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply
transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every
three days; 5 offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened,
and proclaim freewill offerings, publish them; for so you love to do, O
people of Israel!" says the Lord GOD.
6 "I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread
in all your places, yet you did not return to me," says the LORD.
7 "And I also withheld the rain from you when there were yet three
months to the harvest; I would send rain upon one city, and send no rain
upon another city; one field would be rained upon, and the field on which
it did not rain withered; 8 so two or three cities wandered to one city to
drink water, and were not satisfied; yet you did not return to me," says
9 "I smote you with blight and mildew; I laid waste your gardens and
your vineyards; your fig trees and your olive trees the locust devoured;
yet you did not return to me," says the LORD.
10 "I sent among you a pestilence after the manner of Egypt; I slew
your young men with the sword; I carried away your horses; and I made the
stench of your camp go up into your nostrils; yet you did not return to
me," says the LORD.
11 "I overthrew some of you, as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomor'rah,
and you were as a brand plucked out of the burning; yet you did not return
to me," says the LORD.
12 "Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel; because I will do this
to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!"
13 For lo, he who forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and
declares to man what is his thought; who makes the morning darkness, and
treads on the heights of the earth--the LORD, the God of hosts, is his
1 Hear this word which I take up over you in lamentation, O house of
Israel: 2 "Fallen, no more to rise, is the virgin Israel; forsaken on her
land, with none to raise her up."
3 For thus says the Lord GOD: "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."
4 For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live; 5
but do not seek Bethel, and do not enter into Gilgal or cross over to
Beer-sheba; for Gilgal shall surely go into exile, and Bethel shall come
6 Seek the LORD and live, lest he break out like fire in the house of
Joseph, and it devour, with none to quench it for Bethel, 7 O you who turn
justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth!
8 He who made the Plei'ades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the
morning, and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the
sea, and pours them out upon the surface of the earth, the LORD is his
name, 9 who makes destruction flash forth against the strong, so that
destruction comes upon the fortress.
10 They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who
speaks the truth. 11 Therefore because you trample upon the poor and take
from him exactions of wheat, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you
shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you
shall not drink their wine. 12 For I know how many are your
transgressions, and how great are your sins--you who afflict the
righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate. 13
Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time; for it is an
14 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God
of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. 15 Hate evil, and love good,
and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of
hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
16 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord: "In all
the squares there shall be wailing; and in all the streets they shall say,
'Alas! alas!' They shall call the farmers to mourning and to wailing those
who are skilled in lamentation, 17 and in all vineyards there shall be
wailing, for I will pass through the midst of you," says the LORD.
18 Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! Why would you have the
day of the LORD? It 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 with his hand
against the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 Is not the day of the LORD
darkness, and not light, and gloom with no brightness in it?
21 "I hate, I despise your feasts, and I take no delight in your solemn
assemblies. 22 Even though you offer me your burnt offerings and cereal
offerings, I will not accept them, and the peace offerings of your fatted
beasts I will not look upon. 23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;
to the melody of your harps I will not listen. 24 But let justice roll
down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
25 "Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings the forty years in the
wilderness, O house of Israel? 26 You shall take up Sakkuth your king, and
Kaiwan your star-god, your images, which you made for yourselves; 27
therefore I will take you into exile beyond Damascus," says the LORD,
whose name is the God of hosts.
1 "Woe to those who are at ease in Zion, and to those who feel secure
on the mountain of Sama'ria, the notable men of the first of the nations,
to whom the house of Israel come! 2 Pass over to Calneh, and see; and
thence go to Hamath the great; then go down to Gath of the Philistines.
Are they better than these kingdoms? Or is their territory greater than
your territory, 3 O you who put far away the evil day, and bring near the
seat of violence?
4 "Woe to those who lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon
their couches, and eat lambs from the flock, and calves from the midst of
the stall; 5 who sing idle songs to the sound of the harp, and like David
invent for themselves instruments of music; 6 who drink wine in bowls, and
anoint themselves with the finest oils, but are not grieved over the ruin
of Joseph! 7 Therefore they shall now be the first of those to go into
exile, and the revelry of those who stretch themselves shall pass away."
8 The Lord GOD has sworn by himself (says the LORD, the God of hosts):
"I abhor the pride of Jacob, and hate his strongholds; and I will deliver
up the city and all that is in it."
9 And if ten men remain in one house, they shall die. 10 And when a
man's kinsman, he who burns him, shall take him up to bring the bones out
of the house, and shall say to him who is in the innermost parts of the
house, "Is there still any one with you?" he shall say, "No"; and he shall
say, "Hush! We must not mention the name of the LORD."
11 For behold, the LORD commands, and the great house shall be smitten
into fragments, and the little house into bits. 12 Do horses run upon
rocks? Does one plow the sea with oxen? But you have turned justice into
poison and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood-- 13 you who rejoice
in Lo-debar, who say, "Have we not by our own strength taken Karnaim for
ourselves?" 14 "For behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house
of Israel," says the LORD, the God of hosts; "and they shall oppress you
from the entrance of Hamath to the Brook of the Arabah."
1 Thus the Lord GOD showed me: behold, he was forming locusts in the
beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and lo, it was the
latter growth after the king's mowings. 2 When they had finished eating
the grass of the land, I said, "O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee! How
can Jacob stand? He is so small!" 3 The LORD repented concerning this; "It
shall not be," said the LORD.
4 Thus the Lord GOD showed me: behold, the Lord GOD was calling for a
judgment by fire, and it devoured the great deep and was eating up the
land. 5 Then I said, "O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee! How can Jacob
stand? He is so small!" 6 The LORD repented concerning this; "This also
shall not be," said the Lord GOD.
7 He showed me: behold, the Lord was standing beside a wall built with
a plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand. 8 And the LORD said to me,
"Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A plumb line." Then the Lord said,
"Behold, I am setting a plumb line in the midst of my people Israel; I
will never again pass by them; 9 the high places of Isaac shall be made
desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste, and I will
rise against the house of Jerobo'am with the sword."
10 Then Amazi'ah the priest of Bethel sent to Jerobo'am king of Israel,
saying, "Amos has conspired against you in the midst of the house of
Israel; the land is not able to bear all his words. 11 For thus Amos has
said, 'Jerobo'am shall die by the sword, and Israel must go into exile
away from his land.'" 12 And Amazi'ah said to Amos, "O seer, go, flee away
to the land of Judah, and eat bread there, and prophesy there; 13 but
never again prophesy at Bethel, for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is
a temple of the kingdom." 14 Then Amos answered Amazi'ah, "I am no
prophet, nor a prophet's son; but I am a herdsman, and a dresser of
sycamore trees, 15 and the LORD took me from following the flock, and the
LORD said to me, 'Go, prophesy to my people Israel.' 16 "Now therefore
hear the word of the LORD. You say, 'Do not prophesy against Israel, and
do not preach against the house of Isaac.' 17 Therefore thus says the
LORD: 'Your wife shall be a harlot in the city, and your sons and your
daughters shall fall by the sword, and your land shall be parceled out by
line; you yourself shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall surely
go into ex ile away from its land.'"
1 Thus the Lord GOD showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit. 2 And
he said, "Amos, what do you see?" And I said, "A basket of summer fruit."
Then the LORD said to me, "The end has come upon my people Israel; I will
never again pass by them. 3 The songs of the temple shall become wailings
in that day," says the Lord GOD; "the dead bodies shall be many; in every
place they shall be cast out in silence."
4 Hear this, you who trample upon the needy, and bring the poor of the
land to an end, 5 saying, "When will the new moon be over, that we may
sell grain? And the sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may
make the ephah small and the shekel great, and deal deceitfully with false
balances, 6 that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair
of sandals, and sell the refuse of the wheat?"
7 The LORD has sworn by the pride of Jacob: "Surely I will never forget
any of their deeds. 8 Shall not the land tremble on this account, and
every one mourn who dwells in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be
tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?"
9 "And on that day," says the Lord GOD, "I will make the sun go down at
noon, and darken the earth in broad daylight. 10 I will turn your feasts
into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth
upon all loins, and baldness on every head; I will make it like the
mourning for an only son, and the end of it like a bitter day.
11 "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD, "when I will send
a famine on the land; not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but
of hearing the words of the LORD. 12 They shall wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the
LORD, but they shall not find it.
13 "In that day the fair virgins and the young men shall faint for
thirst. 14 Those who swear by Ash'imah of Sama'ria, and say, 'As thy god
lives, O Dan,' and, 'As the way of Beer-sheba lives,' they shall fall, and
never rise again."
1 I saw the LORD standing beside the altar, and he said: "Smite the
capitals until the thresholds shake, and shatter them on the heads of all
the people; and what are left of them I will slay with the sword; not one
of them shall flee away, not one of the m shall escape.
2 "Though they dig into Sheol, from there shall my hand take them;
though they climb up to heaven, from there I will bring them down. 3
Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, from there I will search
out and take them; and though they hide from my sight at the bottom of the
sea, there I will command the serpent, and it shall bite them. 4 And
though they go into captivity before their enemies, 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 The Lord, GOD of hosts, he who touches the earth and it melts, and
all who dwell in it mourn, and all of it rises like the Nile, and sinks
again, like the Nile of Egypt; 6 who builds his upper chambers in the
heavens, and founds his vault upon the earth; who calls for the waters of
the sea, and pours them out upon the surface of the earth--the LORD is his
7 "Are you not like the Ethiopians to me, O people of Israel?" says the
LORD. "Did I not bring up Israel from the land of Egypt, and the
Philistines from Caphtor and the Syrians from Kir? 8 Behold, the eyes of
the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the
surface of the ground; except that I will not utterly destroy the house of
Jacob," says the LORD. 9 "For lo, I will command, and shake the house of
Israel among all the nations as one shakes with a sieve, but no pebble
shall fall upon the earth. 10 All the sinners of my people shall die by
the sword, who say, 'Evil shall not overtake or meet us.'
11 "In that day I will raise up the booth of David that is fallen and
repair its breaches, and raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days
of old; 12 that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations
who are called by my name," says the LORD who does this.
13 "Behold, the days are coming," says the LORD, "when the plowman
shall overtake the reaper and the treader of grapes him who sows the seed;
the mountains shall drip sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.
14 I will restore the fortunes of my people Israel, and they shall rebuild
the ruined cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink
their wine, and they shall make gardens and eat their fruit. 15 I will
plant them upon their land, and they shall never again be plucked up out
of the land which I have given them," says the LORD your God.