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Israel to be punished for his Oppressions. Former Chastisements ineffectual round about the land ; and he shall | holden the rain from you, when bring down thy strength from thee, there were yet three months to the and thy palaces shall be plundered. harvest; and I caused it to rain 12 Thus saith Jehovah: As the upon one city, and caused it not to shepherd rescueth out of the mouth rain upon another city: one piece of the lion two legs, or a piece of an was rained upon, and the piece ear, so shall the children of Israel be whereupon it rained not withered. rescued that sit in Samaria in the 8 So two or three cities wandered corner of a couch, and lon the unto one city to drink water, and silken cushions of a bed.

were not satisfied : yet have ye not 13 Hear ye, and testify against returned unto me, saith Jehovah. 9 the house of Jacob, saith the Lord I have smitten you with blasting Jehovah, the God of hosts. .14 For and mildew: the multitude of your in the day that I shall visit the gardens and your vineyards and transgressions of Israel upon him, I your fig-trees and your olive-trees will also visit the altars of Beth-el; hath the palmer-worm devoured: and the horns of the altar shall be yet have ye not returned unto me, cut off, and fall to the ground. 15 saith Jehovah. 10 I have sent And I will smite the winter-house among you the pestilence after the with the summer-house; and the manner of Egypt: your young men houses of ivory shall perish, and have I slain with the sword, 5 and 2 the great houses shall have an end, have carried away your horses ; and saith Jehovah.

I have made the stench of your 4

Hear this word, ye kine of camp. to come up even into your

Bashan, that are in the moun. nostrils : yet have ye not returned tain of Samaria, that oppress the unto me, saith Jehovah. 11 I have poor, that crush the needy, that say overthrown cities among you, as unto their lords, Bring, and let us when God overthrew Sodon and drink. 2 The Lord Jehovah hath Gomorrah, and ye were as a brand sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the plucked out of the burning: yet days shall come upon you, that have ye not returned unto me, saith they shall take you away with Jehovah. hooks, and your residue with fish 12 Therefore thus will I do unto hooks. 3 And ye shall go out at thee, . Israel; and because I will the breaches, , every one straight do this unto thee, prepare to meet before her; 3 and ye shall cast thy God, O Israel. 13 For, lo, he yourselves into Harmon, saith Je that formeth the mountains, and hovah.

createth the wind, and declareth 4 Come to Beth-el, and trans- unto man what is his thought; that gress; to Gilgal, and multiply trans- maketh the morning darkness, and gression; and bring your sacrifices treadeth upon the high places of the every morning, and your tithes every earth - Jehovah, the God of hosts, three days; 5 and offer a sacrifice of is his name. thanksgiving of that which is leav: 5 Hear ye this word which I take ings and publish them: for this house of Israel. 2 The virgin of pleaseth you, O ye children of Is- Israel is fallen; she shall no more rael, saith the Lord Jehovah. rise: she 6 is cast down upon her

6 And I also have given you clean- land; there is none to raise her up. ness of teeth in all your cities, and 3 For thus saith the Lord Jehovah; want of bread in all your places; yet The city that went forth a thousand have ye not returned unto me, saith shall have a hundred left, and that Jehovah. 7 And I also have with which went forth a hundred shall

have ten left, to the house of Israel. 1 According to some MSS., in Damascus on a 2 Or, many houses

5 Heb. with the captivity of your horses. 3 The text is obscure. 4 Heb.offer by burning. 6 Or, lieth forsaken

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Israel entreated to seek Jehovah. The Day of Jehovah 4 For thus saith Jehovah unto the ing shall be in all the broad ways; house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye and they shall say in all the streets, shall live; 5 but seek not Beth-el, Alas! alas ! and they shall call the nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not husbandman to mourning, and to Beer-sheba: for Gilgal shall such as are skilful in lamentation surely go into captivity, and Beth-el to wailing. 17 And in all vineyards shall come to nought. 6 Seek Je- shall be wailing; for I will pass hovah, and ye shall live; lest he through the midst of thee, saith break out like fire in the house of Jehovah. Joseph, and it devour, and there be 18 Woe unto you that desire the none to quench it in Beth-el. 7 Ye day of Jehovah! Wherefore would who turn justice to wormwood, and ye have the day of Jehovah? It is cast down righteousness to the earth, darkness, and not light. 19 As if 8 seek him that maketh the Pleiades a man did flee from a lion, and a and Orion, and turneth 2 the shadow bear met him; or went into the of death into the morning, and house and leaned his hand on the maketh the day dark with night; wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 that calleth for the waters of the Shall not the day of Jehovah be sea, and poureth them out upon the darkness, and not light? even very face of the earth (Jehovah is his dark, and no brightness in it? name); 9 that 3 bringeth sudden 21 'I hate, I despise your feasts, destruction upon the strong, so

and I will take no delight in your that destruction cometh upon the solemn assemblies. 22 Yea, though fortress.

ye offer me ?your burnt-offerings 10 They hate him that reproveth and meal-offerings, I will not accept in the gate, and they abhor him that them; neither will I regard the speaketh uprightly. 11 Forasmuch 8 peace-offerings of your fat beasts. therefore as ye trample upon the 23 Take thou away from me the poor, and take exactions from him noise of thy songs; for I will not of wheat: ye have built houses of hear the melody of thy viols. 24 hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell But let justice roll down as waters, in them; ye have planted pleasant and righteousness as a 9 mighty vineyards, but ye shall not drink stream. the wine thereof. 12 For I know 25 Did ye bring unto me sacrifices how manifold are your transgres- and 10 offerings in the wilderness sions, and how mighty are your forty years, 7 house of Israel? 26 sins — ye that afflict the just, that Yea, ye li have borne the tabertake a bribe, and that turn aside nacle of your king and the shrine the needy in the gate from their of your images, the star of your right. 13 Therefore he that is pru- god, which ye made to yourselves. dent shall keep silence in such a 27 Therefore will I cause you to go time; for it is an evil time.

into captivity beyond Damascus, 14 Seek good, and not evil, that saith Jehovah, whose name is the ve may live; and so Jehovah, the God of hosts. ye sayhost Hate theewithanam me 6 in zion, and to them that are the good, and establish justice in secure in the mountain of Samaria, the gate: it may be that Jeho- the notable men of the chief of the vah, the God of hosts, will be nations, to whom the house of Is

unto the remnant of rael come! 2 Pass ye unto Calneh, Joseph. 16 Therefore thus saith Jehovah, 4 Heb. and proclaim wailing to such as are

, the God of hosts, the Lord : Wail 6 Heb. will not smell a savor.

7 Or, burnt-offerings with your meal-offerings 1 Or, hecome vanity (Heb. Aren)

8 Or, thank-offerings 2 Or, deep darkness

9 Or, ever-flowing 10 Or, meal-oi 3 Or, causeth destruction to flash forth 11 Or, shall take up . . . And I

gracious

Luxuriousness and Impiety to be punished. Amos accused of Conspiracy and see; and from thence go ye to taken to us horns by our own Hamath the great; then go down strength? 14 For, behold, I will to Gath of the Philistines : are they raise up against you a nation, O better than these kingdoms? or is house of Israel, saith Jehovah, the their border greater than your bor. God of hosts; and they shall afflict der? 3 ye that put far away the you from the entrance of Hamath evil day, and cause the 1 seat of unto the brook of the Arabah. violence to come near; 4 that lie upom obeds of onion, and stretch 7 Thus the Lord Jehovah showed eat the lambs out of the flock, and custs in the beginning of the shootthe calves out of the midst of the ing up of the latter growth; and, lo, stall; 5 that sing idle songs to the it was the latter growth after the sound of the viol ; that invent for king's mowings. 2 And it came to themselves instruments of music, pass that, when they made an end 2 like David ; 6. that drink 3 wine of eating the grass of the land, then in bowls, and anoint themselves I said, O Lord Jehovah, forgive, with the chief oils; but they are I beseech thee: how shall Jacob not grieved for the affliction of stand? for he is small

. 3 Jehovah Joseph.

repented concerning this: It shall 7 Therefore shall they now go not be, saith Jehovah. captive with the first that go cap 4 Thus the Lord Jehovah showed tive; and the revelry of them that me: and, behold, the Lord Jehostretched themselves shall pass vah called to contend by fire; and it away. 8 The Lord Jehovah hath devoured the great deep, and would sworn by himself, saith Jehovah, have eaten up the 7 land. 5 Then the God of hosts : 'I abhor the ex- said I, O Lord Jehovah, cease, I becellency of Jacob, and hate his seech thee: how shall Jacob stand ? palaces; therefore will I deliver up for he is small. 6 Jehovah repented the city with all that is therein. 9 concerning this: This also shall not And it shall come to pass, if there be, saith the Lord Jehovah. remain ten men in one house, that ✓ Thus he showed me: and, bethey shall die. 10 And when a hold, the Lord stood 8 beside a wall man’s 5 uncle shall take him up, even made by a plumb-line, with a plumbhe that burneth hiin, to bring out line in his hand. 8 And Jehovah the bones out of the house, and said unto me, Amos, what seest shall say unto him that is in the thou? And I said, A plumb-line: innermost parts of the house, Is Then said the Lord, Behold, I will there yet any with thee? and he set a plumb-line in the midst of shall say, No; then shall he say, my people Israel; I will not again Hold thy peace; for we may not pass by them any more ; 9 and the make mention of the name of Je-high places of Isaac shall be deso, hovah. 11 For, behold, Jehovah late, and the sanctuaries of Israel commandeth, and 6 the great house shall be laid waste; and I will rise shall be smitten with breaches, and against the house of Jeroboam with the little house with clefts.

the sword. 12 Shall horses run upon the rock? 10 Then Amaziah the priest of will one plow there with oxen? that Beth-el sent to Jeroboam king of ye have turned justice into gall

, and Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired the fruit of righteousness into worm- against thee in the midst of the wood; 13 ye that rejoice in a thing house of Israel: the land is not able of nought, that say, Have we not to bear all his words. 11 For thus

Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by

the sword, and Israel shall surely be 3 Heb. in bowls of wine.

led away captive out of his land. Or, he will smite the great house

7 Heb. portion.

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1 Or, sitting

2 Or, like David's

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4 Or, pride

5 Or, kinsman

8 Or, upon

Israel's near End foreshadowed. Famine of the Word threatened 12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, the refuse of the wheat? 7 Jehovah O thou seer, go, flee thou away into hath sworn by the excellency of Jathe land of Judah, and there eat cob, Surely I will never forget any bread, and prophesy there: 13 but of their works. 8 Shall not the prophesy not again any more at land tremble for this, and every Beth-el; for it is the king's sanctu one mourn tbat dwelleth therein? ary, and it is a royal house. yea, it shall rise up wholly like the

14 Then answered Amos, and said River; and it shall be troubled and to Amaziah, I 1 was no prophet, sink again, like the River of Egypt. neither was I ?a prophet's son; but 9 And it shall come to pass in that Il was a herdsman, and a dresser of day, saith the Lord Jehovah, that sycomore-trees: 15 and Jehovah took I will cause the sun to go down at me from following the flock, and Je- noon, and I will darken the earth hovah said unto me, Go, prophesy in the clear day. 10 And I will unto my people Israel 16 Now turn your feasts into mourning, and therefore hear thou the word of Jo- all your songs into lamentation; and hovah: Thou sayest, Prophesy not I will bring sackcloth upon all loins, against Israel, and drop not thy and baldness upon every head; and word against the house of Isaac; I will make it as the mourning for 17 therefore thus saith Jehovah: an only son, and the end thereof as Thy wife shall be a harlot in the a bitter day. city, and thy sons and thy daughters 11 Behold, the days come, saith shall fall by the sword, and thy land the Lord Jehovah, that I will send shall be divided by line; and thou a famine in the land, not a famine thyself shalt die in a land that is of bread, nor a thirst for water, but unclean, and Israel shall surely be of hearing the words of Jehovah. led away captive out of his land. 12 And they shall wander from sea 8 Thus the Lord Jehovah showed to sea, and from the north even to

me: and, behold, a basket of the east; they shall run to and fro summer fruit. 2 And he said, to seek the word of Jehovah, and Amos, what seest thou ? And I shall not find it. 13 In that day said, A basket of summer fruit. shall the fair virgins and the young Then said Jehovah unto me, The men faint for thirst. 14 They that end is come upon my people Israel ; swear by the sin of Samaria, and I will not again pass by them any say; As thy, god, O Dan, liveth;

3 And the songs of the and, As the 6 way of Beer-sheba live 3 temple shall be wailings in that eth; they shall fall, and never rise day, saith the Lord Jehovah: the up again. dead bodies shall be many; in every 9 side the altar: and he said,

I saw the Lord standing 7 beplace *shall they cast them forth with silence.

Smite the capitals, that the thresh4 Hear this, Oye that would olds may shake; and break them swallow up the needy, and cause in pieces on the head of all of them ; the poor of the land to fail, 5 say- and I will slay the last of them with ing, "When will the new moon be the sword : 8 there shall not one of gone, that we may sell grain? and them flee away, and there shall not the sabbath, that we may 5 set forth one of them escape. 2 Though they wheat, making the ephah small, and dig into Sheol, thence

shall my hand the shekel great, and dealing falsely take them; and though they climb with balances of deceit ; 6 that we up to heaven, thence will I bring may buy the poor for silver, and the them down. 3 And though they needy for a pair of shoes, and sell hide themselves in the top of Car1 Or, am

mel, I will search and take them ? Or, one of the sons of the prophets See 1 K.

3 Or, paluce Or, have they cast them forth: be silent ! 8 Or, he that fleeth of them shall not

and he that escapeth of them shall not

more.

20. 35.

6 Or, manner

7 Or, upon

5 Heb.open.

Jehovah's Judgments unavoidable. The Final Restoration of God's People out thence; and though they be hid house of Israel among all the nafrom my sight in the bottom of the tions, like as grain is sifted in a sea, thence will I command the ser sieve, yet shall not the least kernel pent, and it shall bite them. 4 And fall upon the earth. 10 All the though they go into captivity be- sinners of my people shall die by fore their enemies, thence will I the sword, who say, The evil shall command the sword, and it shall not overtake nor meet us. slay them: and I will set mine eyes 11 In that day will I raise up the upon them for evil, and not for tabernacle of David that is fallen, good.

and close up the breaches thereof; 5 For the Lord, Jehovah of hosts, and I will raise up its ruins, and I is he that toucheth the land and it will build it as in the days of old ; melteth, and all that dwell therein 12 that they may possess the remshall mourn; and it shall rise up nant of Edom, and all the nations wholly like the River, and shall sink that 2 are called by my name, saith again, like the River of Egypt; 6 it Jehovah that doeth this. 13 Beis lie that buildeth his chambers in hold, the days come, saith Jehovah, the heavens, and hath founded his that the plowman shall overtake the vault upon the earth; he that call. reaper, and the treader of grapes eth for the waters of the sea, and him that soweth seed; and the poureth them out upon the face of mountains shall drop sweet wine, the earth ; Jehovah is his name. and all the hills shall melt. 14 And

7 Are ye not as the children of I will 3 bring back the captivity of the Ethiopians unto me, O children my people Israel, and they shall of Israel? saith Jehovah. Have build the waste cities, and inhabit pot I brought up Israel out of the them; and they shalí plant vineland of Egypt, and the Philistines yards, and drink the wine thereof; from Caphtor, and the Syrians from they shall also make gardens, and Kir? 8 Behold, the eyes of the eat the fruit of them. 15 And I Lord Jehovah are upon the sinful will plant them upon their land, and kingdom, and I will destroy it from they shall no more be plucked up off the face of the earth; save that out of their land which I have I will not utterly destroy the house given them, saith Jehovah thy of Jacob, saith Jehovah. 9 For, lo, God. I will command, and I will 1 sift the 1 Heb. cause to move to and fro.

8 Or, return to

2 Or, were

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