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God's judgment on Syria, &c.
CHAP. I, II.
God's wrath against Moab.
18 ¶ And it shall come to pass in that lence against the children of Judah, be-. day, that the mountains shall drop down cause they have shed innocent blood in new wine, and the hills shall flow with their land. milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow
20 But Judah shall dwell for ever,
with waters, and a fountain shall come and Jerusalem from generation to gene-
21 For I will cleanse their blood that I 19 Egypt shall be a desolation,and Edom have not cleansed: for the LORD dwelleth shall be a desolate wilderness, for the vio-in Zion.
anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his
12 But I will send a fire upon Teman,
HE words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah. 13 Thus saith the LORD; For three king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the years before the earthquake. 2 And he said, The LORD will roar from punishment thereof: because they have Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; ripped up the women with child of Giand the habitations of the shepherds shall lead, that they might enlarge their border: 14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
3 Thus saith the LORD; For three trans- Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces gressions of Damascus, and for four, I will thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, not turn away the punishment thereof; be-with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind: 15 And their king shall go into captivity, cause they have threshed Gilead with he and his princes together, saith the LORD. CHAP. II. threshing instruments of iron:
4 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Ben-hadad.
HUS saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I 5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, will not turn away the punishment thereof, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain because he burned the bones of the king of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre of Edom into lime: 2 But I will send a fire upon Moab, and from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, it shall devour the palaces of Kirioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, saith the LORD. 6 Thus saith the LORD; For three and with the sound of the trumpet: 3 And I will cut off the judge from the transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof: be-midst thereof, and will slay all the princes cause they carried away captive the whole thereof with him, saith the LORD. 4 T Thus saith the LORD; For three captivity, to deliver them up to Edom:
7 But I will send a fire on the wall of transgressions of Judah, and for four, I Gaza, which shall devour the palaces will not turn away the punishment thereof: because they have despised the law of the thereof: 8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from LORD, and have not kept his commandAshdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre ments, and their lies caused them to err, from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand after the which their fathers have walked: 5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD. it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem. 6 T Thus saith the LORD; For three 9 T Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof: will not turn away the punishment thereof: because they delivered up the whole cap-because they sold the righteous for silver, tivity to Edom, and remembered not the and the poor for a pair of shoes;
7 That pant after the dust of the earth 10 But I will send a fire on the wall of on the head of the poor, and turn aside the Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to prothereof.
11 Thus saith the LORD; For three fane my holy name: 8 And they lay themselves down upon transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof: be- clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and cause he did pursue his brother with the they drink the wine of the condemned in sword, and did cast off all pity, and his the house of their god.
God's judgment against Israel.
Israel reproved for oppression.
9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before 11 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; them, whose height was like the height of An adversary there shall be even round the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; about the land; and he shall bring down yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and thy strength from thee, and thy palaces his roots from beneath. shall be spoiled. 10 Also I brought you up from the land of 12 Thus saith the LORD: As the shepEgypt, and led you forty years through the herd taketh out of the mouth of the lion wilderness, to possess the land of the two legs, or a piece of an ear: so shall the Amorite. children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.
11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the LORD.
13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord God, the God of hosts, 12 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to 14 That in the day that I shall visit the drink; and commanded the prophets, say-transgressions of Israel upon him I will also ing, Prophesy not. visit the altars of Beth-el: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.
13 Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves. 14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
15 Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.
16 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.
15 And I will smite the winter-house with the summer-house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD. CHAP. IV.
TEAR this word, ye kine of Bashan,
that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.
2 The Lord God hath sworn by his holiness, that lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fish-hooks.
EAR this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I 3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, every cow at that which is before her; and 2 You only have I known of all the fa- ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the milies of the earth: therefore I will punish LORD. you for all your iniquities.
3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
4 T Come to Beth-el and transgress: at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:
4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of 5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving his den, if he have taken nothing? with leaven, and proclaim and publish the 5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the free-offerings: for this liketh you, Oye earth, where no gin is for him? shall one children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD. take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not 7 And also I have withholden the rain done it? from you, when there were yet three months 7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upbut he revealeth his secret unto his ser- on one city, and caused it not to rain upon vants the prophets. another city: one piece was rained upon, The lion hath roared, who will not and the piece whereupon it rained not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can withered. but prophesy?
8 So two or three cities wandered unto 9 Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, one city, to drink water; but they were and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unand say, Assemble yourselves upon the to me, saith the LORD.
mountains of Samaria, and behold the great 9 I have smitten you with blasting and Famults in the midst thereof, and the op- mildew: when your gardens and your pressed in the midst thereof. vineyards and your fig-trees andyourolive10 For they know not to do right, saith trees increased, the palmer-worm devourthe LORD, who store up violence and rob-ed them: yet have ye not returned unto bery in their palaces. me, saith the LORD.
A lamentation for Israel.
CHAP. V, VI. An exhortation to repentance.
10 I have sent among you the pestilence |sions and your mighty sins: they afflict the after the manner of Egypt: your young just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside men have I slain with the sword, and have the poor in the gate from their right. taken away your horses; and I have made 13 Therefore the prudent shall keep the stink of your camps to come up unto silence in that time; for it is an evil time. your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a fire-brand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD."
14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye 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 unto the remnant of Joseph.
12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, 16 Therefore the LORD, the God of O Israel: and because I will do this unto hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. be in all streets; and they shall say in all 13 For lo, he that formeth the mountains, the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall and createth the wind, and declareth unto call the husbandman to mourning, and such man what is his thought, that maketh the as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. morning darkness, and treadeth upon the 17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: high places of the earth, The LORD, The for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. God of hosts, is his name.
18 Wo unto you that 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 did flee 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 not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not 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.
4 ¶ For thus saith the LORD unto the 22 Though ye offer me burnt-offerings house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall and your meat-offerings, I will not accept live: them; neither will I regard the peace-of5 But seek not Beth-el, nor enter into ferings of your fat beasts. Gilgal, and pass not to Beer-sheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el shall come to nought.
23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; 24 But let judgment run down as walest he break out like fire in the house of ters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. Joseph, and devour it, and there be none 25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices to quench it in Beth-el. and offerings in the wilderness forty years, 7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, O house of Israel?
and leave off righteousness in the earth, 26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of 8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars your Moloch and Chiun your images, the and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death star of your god, which ye made to yourinto the morning, and maketh the day selves.
dark with night: that calleth for the waters 27 Therefore will I cause you to go into of the sea, and poureth them out upon the captivity beyond Damascus, saith the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: LORD, whose name is The God of hosts. 9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against
the strong, so that the spoiled shall come Wo to them that are at ease in Zion,
against the fortress.
and trust in the mountain of Sama10 They hate him that rebuketh in the ria, which are named chief of the nations, gate, and they abhor him that speaketh to whom the house of Israel came! uprightly. 2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and 11 Forasmuch therefore as your tread- from thence go ye to Hamath the great: ing is upon the poor, and ye take from him then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of they better than these kingdoms? or their hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in border greater than your border? them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards,| 3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and but ye shall not drink wine of them. cause the seat of violence to come near; 12 For I know your manifold transgres- 4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and
Israel threatened with desolation.
Amaziah complains of Amos.
stretch themselves upon their couches, and 6 The LORD repented for this: This eat the lambs out of the flock, and the also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD. calves out of the midst of the stall; 7 T Thus he shewed me: and behold, 5 That chant to the sound of the viol, the LORD. stood upon a wall made by a and invent to themselves instruments of plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand. music, like David; 8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, That drink wine in bowls, and anoint what seest thou? and I said, A plumb-line. themselves with the chief ointments: but Then said the LORD, Behold, I will set a they are not grieved for the affliction of plumb-line in the midst of my people Israel: Joseph. will not again pass by them any more: 9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.
10 Then Amaziah the priest of Beth
8 The Lord God hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor el sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.
9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die.
Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words.
11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.
12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go flee thee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:
10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue : for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD. 14 ¶ Then answered Amos, and said to 11 For behold, the LORD commandeth, Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was I and he will smite the great house with a prophet's son; but I was a herdman, breaches, and the little house with clefts.. and a gatherer of sycamore fruit:
13 But prophesy not again any more at Beth-el: for it is the king's chapel, and it is the king's court.
12 T Shall horses run upon the rock? 15 And the LORD took me as I followed will one plough there with oxen? for ye the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, have turned judgment into gall, and the prophesy unto my people Israel. fruit of righteousness into hemlock:
16 Now therefore hear thou the word 13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not which say, Have we not taken to us horns against Israel, and drop not thy word by our own strength? against the house of Isaac. 14 But behold, I will raise up against 17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the wife shall be a harlot in the city, and thy LORD the God of hosts; and they shall af-sons and thy daughters shall fall by the flict you from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of the wilderness.
Tme, and behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and lo, it was the latter "growth after the king's mowings.
HUS hath the Lord Gop shewed unto
sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.
HUS hath the Lord Gop shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer
2 And it came to pass, that when they 2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? had made an end of eating the grass of the And I said, A basket of summer fruit. land, then I said, O Lord Gop, forgive, Then said the LORD unto me, The end is beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? come upon my people of Israel; I will for he is small. not again pass by them any more.
3 The LonD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GoD: 4 Thus hath the Lord GoD shewed there shall be many dead bodies in every unto me and behold, the Lord God called place; they shall cast them forth with to contend by fire, and it devoured the silence.
great deep, and did eat up a part.
4 ¶ Hear this, Oye that swallow up the 5 Then said I, O Lord Gop, cease, I needy, even to make the poor of the land beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? to fail, for he is small.
5 Saying, When will the new-moon be
Oppression of the poor reproved. CHAP. IX.
gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by deceit ?
6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, sell the refuse of the wheat?
The tabernacle is restored.
4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
and 5 And the Lord GoD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all 7 The LORD hath sworn by the excel- that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall lency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. any of their works. 6 It is he that buildeth his stories in the 8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? heaven, and hath founded his troop in the and it shall rise up wholly as a flood: and earth; he that calleth for the waters of the it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name. flood of Egypt.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
11 ¶ Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
7 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought_up Israel out of 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 off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.
9 For lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
11 In that day will I raise up the ta13 In that day shall the fair virgins and bernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise young men faint for thirst. 14 They that swear by the sin of Sama-up his ruins, and I will build it as in the ria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, days of old: The manner of Beer-sheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again. CHAP. IX.
12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
SAW the LORD standing upon the altar: 13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts may shake and cut them in that the ploughman shall overtake the reapthe head all of them; and I will slay the er, and the treader of grapes him that sowlast of them with the sword: he that fleeth eth seed; and the mountains shall drop of them shall not flee away, and he that sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. 14 And I will bring again the captivity escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall of my people of Israel, and they shall build mine hand take them; though they climb up the waste cities, and inhabit them; and to heaven, thence will I bring them down: they shall plant vineyards, and drink the 3 And though they hide themselves in wine thereof; they shall also make garthe top of Carmel, I will search and take dens, and eat the fruit of them. them out thence; and though they be hid
15 And I will plant them upon their land, from my sight in the bottom of the sea, and they shall no more be pulled up out of thence will I command the serpent, and he their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.
shall bite them:
THE vision of Obadiah. Thus saith the
2 Behold, I have made thee small among
3 The pride of thine heart hath deheard a rumour from the LORD, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen, Arise ceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts 683 ye, and let us rise up against her in battle. of the rock, whose habitation is high; that