Amos 4

Israel's Guilt and Punishment

1 Hear this word, you a cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria,
Who oppress the b poor,
Who crush the needy,
Who say to 1 your husbands, "Bring wine, let us c drink!"
2 d The Lord GOD has sworn by His holiness:
"Behold, the days shall come upon you
When He will take you away e with fishhooks,
And your posterity with fishhooks.
3 f You will go out through broken walls,
Each one straight ahead of her,
And you will 2 be cast into Harmon,"
Says the LORD.

4 "Come g to Bethel and transgress,
At h Gilgal multiply transgression;
i Bring your sacrifices every morning,
j Your tithes every three 3 days. 4
5 k Offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven,
Proclaim and announce l the freewill offerings;
For this you love,
You children of Israel!"
Says the Lord GOD.

Israel Has Not Returned to the Lord

6 "Also I gave you 5 cleanness of teeth in all your cities.
And lack of bread in all your places;
m Yet you have not returned to Me,"
Says the LORD.

7 "I also withheld rain from you,
When there were still three months to the harvest.
I made it rain on one city,
I withheld rain from another city.
One part was rained upon,
And where it did not rain the part withered.
8 So two or three cities wandered to another city to drink water,
But they were not satisfied;
Yet you have not returned to Me,"
Says the LORD.

9 "I n blasted you with blight and mildew.
When your gardens increased,
Your vineyards,
Your fig trees,
And your olive trees,
o The locust devoured them;
Yet you have not returned to Me,"
Says the LORD.

10 "I sent among you a plague p after the manner of Egypt;
Your young men I killed with a sword,
Along with your captive horses;
I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils;
Yet you have not returned to Me,"
Says the LORD.

11 "I overthrew some of you,
As God overthrew q Sodom and Gomorrah,
And you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning;
Yet you have not returned to Me,"
Says the LORD.

12 "Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel;
Because I will do this to you,
r Prepare to meet your God, O Israel!"

13 For behold,
He who forms mountains,
And creates the 6 wind,
s Who declares to man what 7 his 7 thought is,
And makes the morning darkness,
t Who treads the high places of the earth -
u The LORD God of hosts is His name.

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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