Amos - 8


1This is what Lord Yahweh showed me: A basket of ripe fruit. 2'What do you see, Amos?' he asked. 'A basket of ripe fruit,' I said. Then Yahweh said, 'The time is ripefor my people Israel; I wil not continue to overlook their offences. 3That day, the palace songs will turn to howls, -declares the Lord Yahweh- the corpses wil be manythat are thrown down everywhere. Keep silent!' 4Listen to this, you who crush the needy and reduce the oppressed to nothing, 5you who say, 'When wil New Moon be over so that we can sel our corn, and Sabbath, so that we canmarket our wheat? Then, we can make the bushel-measure smaller and the shekel-weight bigger, byfraudulently tampering with the scales. 6We can buy up the weak for silver and the poor for a pair of sandals, and even get a price for thesweepings of the wheat.' 7Yahweh has sworn by the pride of Jacob, 'Never wil I forget anything they have done.' 8Wil not the earth tremble for this and al who live on it lament, as it al rises together like the Nile inEgypt, it swel s and then subsides like the Egyptian Nile? 9'On that Day- declares the Lord Yahweh- I shal make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth inbroad daylight. 10I shall turn your festivals into mourning and all your singing into lamentation; I shall make you all wearsacking round your waists and have al your heads shaved. I shal make it like the mourning for an only child,and it wil end like the bitterest of days. 11'The days are coming- declares the Lord Yahweh- when I shal send a famine on the country, nothunger for food, not thirst for water, but famine for hearing Yahweh's word. 12People wil stagger from sea to sea, will wander from the north to the east, searching for Yahweh'sword, but wil not find it. 13'That Day, fine girls and stalwart youths will faint from thirst. 14The people who swear by the Sin of Samaria, who say, "Long live your god, Dan!" and "Hurrah for thepilgrimage to Beersheba!" will all fal , never to rise again.'
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