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God's blessing AI coasts of Palestine? will ye vender me n recompense? and if ye recompense me, swiftly and speedily will I return your recompense upon your own head;
5 Because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my goodly pleasant things:
6 The children also of Judah and the children of Jerusalem have ye sold unto the Grecians, that ye might remove them far from their border.
7 Behold, I will raise them out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will return your recompense upon your own head;
8 And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah, and they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a people far oft": for the Lord hath spoken it.
9 IT Prepare ye this among the Gentiles; Proclaim war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:
10 Beatyour.'plowshares into swords, and your pruuing-hooks into spears: tet the weak say, I am strong.
11 Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: tlnthercause iliy mighty ones to come down, 0 Lord.
12 Let the heathen he wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will J sit to judge all the heathen round about.
13 Put ye in the Sickic, for the harvest is ripe; come, get you down; for
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[the press is full, the fittsoverllow; lor t/ieir wickedness is great.
14 Multitudes, multitudes in the va'[ley of decision: for the day of tho Lord isnear in the valley of decision.
J5 The sun and the moon shall ba darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.
16 The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jeru salem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord ttrill be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
17 So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her more.
18 IT And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall How with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim.
19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judnh, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.
21 For I will cleanse their blood that 1 have not cleansed; for the Lotto dwelleth in Zion.
THE worda of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah kingof'Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam theson of Joash king of Israel, two years before the earthquake.
2 And he said, The Lord will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem ; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
3 Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for /bur, I will not turn away the punishment thcr-of; became they have
threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:
4 But 1 will send a fire into the lions? of Hazael, which shall devour the [ialac.es of Ben-hadad.
5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the Lord.
6 IT Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, 1 will not turn away the punishment thereof: Decause they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver
I them up to Kdom:
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7 But 1 will send Gaza, which shall devour the palaces •.hereof:
8 And I will cut ofT the inhabitants from Aahdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Askelon, and 1 will turn my hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the .Philistines shall perish, eaich the Lord God,
y If Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, 1 will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the \\ hole captivity to Kdom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant:
10 But lwill send a lire on the wall of Tynis, which shall devour the palaces thereof.
J1 IT Thus saith the Lord; For three transgressions of Kdom, and for four, 1 wi'l not turn away i/ie punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast oil'all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and lie kept his wrath for ever:
12 But 1 will send a fire upon Teniaii, winch shall devour the palaces
lo IT Thus saith the LonD; For three transgressions of the children of Am
vill kindle a fire in the' of Kabbah, aud it shall devour pulaces thereof, with shouting in day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:
15 And their king shall go into captivity', he and his princes together, s.iilh the Lord.
CHAP. H. rpKUS saith the Lord; For three JL transgression* of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishman thereof: because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime: •2 But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kirioih: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound ol tae trumpet:
3 And I will cut o(T the jud^e from tue miust tiiir-^f, and frill slay a'.l the lereof with him, saith the
CHAP, il, III. Israel's um/iankfutncss. fire on the wall of transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the Lord, and have not kept his commandments,and their he* caused them to err, after the whicn heir lathers have walked:
5 But I will send a fire upon Judali, and it shall devour the palaces of Je
6 H Thus saith the Lord; For three ransgressioosof Israel, and for four, L will not turn away Ute punishment thereof; because they sold the righle
for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
7 That pant after the dust of the' arlh on the head ol the poor, and turn iside the way of the meek: and a man .lid his father will go in unto the same imid, to profane my holy name:
8 And they lay themselves down upon lollies laid to pledge by every altar
and they drink the wine of the con learned In the house of their god.
9 1f Vet destroyed 1 the Amontes before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars,and he was strong
yet I destroyed his fruit from above,mid bis rootsfrom beneath.
10 Also i brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you lorty years
jh the wilderuess,to possess the land of the Amorite.
11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men, for Naz.aril.es. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the Lord.
12 But ye gave the Nazariles wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saymg, Prophesy not.
13 Behold, 1 am pressed under you is a cart is pressed that is full of sheav
ight enlarge the
14 Therefore the flight shall peris'from the swift, and the strong sha. not strengthen his force, neither sha!* the mighty deliver himself:
15 Neither shall he 6tand that hand leth the bow; and he thai is swift ol 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 Loud.
HEAR this word that the Lord hath spoken ngninsl you, 0 chil4 V TW suidi the Lord; Fct threcidren of Israel, against die whole lam
Urarf improved AMOS. i!y which 1 brought up from the land ()'' Egypt, saying,
2 Vouooly have I known of all Die families of the earth: therefore I will punish you lor all your iniquities.
3 Can two walk logether,except they be agreed?
4 Will a lion roar in the forest,when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken
a a snare upon the earth, where no gin is lor him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
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 done it?
7 Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his 6ecrel unto his servants the prophets.
8 The lion hath roared, wliowill not fear? the Lord God hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
9 IT Publish in the palaces at Asbdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and the oppressed in the midst thereof.
10 For they know not to do right, saith the Lord, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces.
11 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; An adversaryj/<erc.c/(rt//6eeven round about the land; and he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.
12 Thus saith the Lord; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the children of Israel he taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and In Damascus in a
13 tlcarye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord God, the God of hosts,
14 That in the day that 1 shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon hnn, I will also visit the altars of Beth-el: and the hornsof the altar ehall be cut oil", and fall to the ground.
15 And 1 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 Lono.
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 y.^u, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.
3 And ye shall go out atlhe breachis, every eoiu at t/iai tuhic/t is before icr; and ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the Loud.
4 1T Come to Beth-el,and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring jour sacrifices evcrj morning, and your tithes alter three years:
And oiler a sacrifice of thanksgivwith leaven, and proclaim and publish the free-offerings; lor this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, [saith the Lord Goo.
6 IT And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and
t of bread in nil your places: yet • ye not returned unto me, saith 'the Lord.
7 And also 1 have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and
icd it not to rain upon another city : one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.
8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet'have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens, and
our vineyards, and your fig-trees, nd your olive-trees increased, the palmer-worm devoured them; yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
10 1 have sent among you the pesti lence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have i slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the slink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
JL1 1 have overthrown some o( you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ve not
An exhortation CHAP. V. to repentance.
returned unto me, sait.li the Lord. ,gressions and your mighty sins: they 12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, affiictthe just, they Utke a bribe, and O Israel: and because 1 will do-this they turn aside (lie poor in the gate
unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
13 For, lo, he Hint fbrmeth the mountains and createlh the wind, and dee.areth unto man what w his Ihoughr, that. miiketh the morniiigclarkness,and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The Lok.d, The God of hosts, is his name.
HEAR ye this word which I take
0 For thus saith the Lord God; The
4 TT For thus saith the Loud unto the house of Israel, Seek ve me, and ye Khali 11
fi But seek not Belh-el, nor enter into G ilgal,and pass not lo Beer-sheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captiv'" ami Beth-el shall come lo nought.
6 Seek the Lord, and ye shall live: lest he break out like fire in the housi of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none lo quench il in Beth
7 Ye who (urn judgment to wormwood, and leave olV righteousness in
3 Seek him that maketh the seven starsandOrion,and inrnelh theshadow of death into lho morning, and maketh Hie day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth t hem out upon the face of the earth: The Lord W his name:
9 That strengthened the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.
10 They hate him that rebuke!h in the gate, and they abhor him thatj speaketh uprightly.
11 Forasmuch therefore Myourlreading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat- ye have built nouses of hewn etone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
J2 For I know your manifold traus
\Jvom their right.
1-1 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, nd establish judgment in the gate: it
may be that the Loud God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of
16 Therefore the Loud, the God of Kisis, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing hall be in all streets; and they slntil ay in all the highways, Alas! alas!
and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
17 And in all vineyards shall be wail ing: for 1 will pass through thee, saith the Lord.
IS Wo unto you that desire the day of the Lord! to what end is il for you ? the clay 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 inlo the house, and leaned his liaud on Hie wall, and a sprpent bil him.
20 Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in il?
2MT1 hate, 1 despiseyour feast-days, and 1 will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
22 Though ye offer me burnt-olTerngs and your meat-offerings, I will not accept them : neither will I reaid the peace-offerings of your fat beasts.
03 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for 1 will not hear he melody of thy viols.
2- 1 But let judgment run down ns waters, and righteousness as a mighty
2r. Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
26 But ye have borne the tabernacle !of your Moloch and Chiuu your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
27 Therefore will I cause you io go into cnntivity beyond Damascus, saith Israel'* wantonness AM US.
the LoRD,whose name is The God of I tak hosts.
WO to Uiem that are
2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the
titui.: then go down to Galh of the Philistines: be they better than tlieae kingdoms? or their border greater than your border? j
3 Ye that put far away the evd day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; "«
4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eatthe lambs out of the tlock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of music, like David;
6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
7 IT Therefore now shall I hey go captive with the first that go captive, ami -he banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.
8 The Lord God hath sworn by himself, saith the Lord the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is luere
9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in cue house, Uiat| they shall die.
10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burnetii him, to bring) out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto him that is by the sides of the iiouse, Is there yet any with ihee? and he shall say, JNo. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of
11 For, behold, the Lord command eth, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts.
12 IT Shall horses run upon the rock ?i will one plow there with oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and, Ihefniitof righteousness into hemlock:
13 Ye which rejoice in a thii uought, which say, Have we
shall be plagued. horns by ourown strength? J 14 Eut, behold,I will raise up against I you a nation, O Iiouse of Israel, saith the Lord, the God of hosts; and tliev shall afflict you from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of the wii derneas.
THUS hath the Lord God showed unto ine; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning of the shootuigupof the latter growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth alter the king's mowings.
2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then 1 said, O Lord Gon, forgive, 1 beseech thee; by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
The Lord repented for this: It shall not be, saith the Loan, •t IT Thus bath the Lord God showed titome; and,behold,the Lord Goo called to contend by fire, and it dinured the great deep, and did eat up i part.
6 Then said I, O Lord God, cease, I beseech thee? by whom shall Jacob arise? for he <V small.
ti The Loud repented for this: This also shall not be,saith the Lord Gon.
7 1T Thus lie showed ine; and,behold, the Loud stood upon a wall made by a plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his baud.
8 And the Loud said unto me, Amos what seestthou? And 1 said, A plumb line. Then said the Lord, Behold, 1 will set aplumb-line in the midst of my people Israel: 1 will not again pass by them any more:
9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Irsraelshall be laid waste; and i will rise against the Iiouse of Jeroboam with the sword.
10 TT Then Amaziah, the priest of Beth-el, sent to Jeroboam king of ls
el, saying, Amos hath conspired [Minst thee in the midst of the Iiouse of Israel: the land is not able to bear ill his words.
11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall
urejybeledaway captive out of their wn land.
12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O nol| thou seer, go, flee thee away into the