Amos - 5

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1Listen to this word which I utter against you, it is a dirge, House of Israel: 2She has fal en down, never to rise again, the virgin Israel. There she lies on her own soil, with no oneto lift her up. 3For Lord Yahweh says this: The town which used to put a thousand in the field wil be left with ahundred, and the one which used to put a hundred will be left with ten, to fight for the House of Israel. 4For Yahweh says this to the House of Israel: Seek me out and you wil survive, 5but do not seek out Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba, for Gilgal is going intocaptivity and Bethel will be brought to nothing. 6Seek out Yahweh and you wil survive or else he wil sweep like fire upon the House of Joseph andburn it down, with no one at Bethel able to quench the flames. 7They turn justice into wormwood and throw uprightness to the ground. 8He it is who makes the Pleiades and Orion, who turns shadow dark as death into morning and day todarkest night, who summons the waters of the sea and pours them over the surface of the land. Yahweh is hisname. 9He brings destruction on the strong and ruin comes on the fortress. 10They hate the man who teaches justice at the city gate and detest anyone who declares the truth. 11For trampling on the poor man and for extorting levies on his wheat: although you have built housesof dressed stone, you wil not live in them; although you have planted pleasant vineyards, you wil not drink winefrom them: 12for I know how many your crimes are and how outrageous your sins, you oppressors of the upright,who hold people to ransom and thrust the poor aside at the gates. 13That is why anyone prudent keeps silent now, since the time is evil. 14Seek good and not evil so that you may survive, and Yahweh, God Sabaoth, be with you as you claimhe is. 15Hate evil, love good, let justice reign at the city gate: it may be that Yahweh, God Sabaoth, wil takepity on the remnant of Joseph. 16Therefore Yahweh Sabaoth, the Lord, says this: In every public square there wil be lamentation, inevery street they will cry out, 'Alas! Alas!' The farmer wil be called on to mourn, the professional mourners tolament, 17and there wil be wailing in every vineyard, for I mean to pass through among you, Yahweh says. 18Disaster for you who long for the Day of Yahweh! What will the Day of Yahweh mean for you? It wilmean darkness, not light, 19as when someone runs away from a lion, only to meet a bear; he goes into his house and puts hishand on the wal , only for a snake to bite him. 20Will not the Day of Yahweh be darkness, not light, total y dark, without a ray of light? 21I hate, I scorn your festivals, I take no pleasure in your solemn assemblies. 22When you bring me burnt offerings . . . your oblations, I do not accept them and I do not look at yourcommunion sacrifices of fat cattle. 23Spare me the din of your chanting, let me hear none of your strumming on lyres, 24but let justice flow like water, and uprightness like a never-failing stream! 25Did you bring me sacrifices and oblations those forty years in the desert, House of Israel? 26Now you must shoulder Sakkuth your king and the star of your God, Kaiwan, those idols you made foryourselves; 27for I am about to drive you into captivity beyond Damascus, Yahweh says -- God Sabaoth is hisname.
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