The Coming Day of Bitter Mourning

Amos 8

1 Thus the Lord GOD showed me: Behold, a basket of summer fruit.

2 And He said, "Amos, what do you see?" So I said, "A basket of summer fruit." Then the LORD said to me:
a "The end has come upon My people Israel;
b I will not pass by them anymore.
3 And c the songs of the temple
Shall be wailing in that day,"
Says the Lord GOD -
"Many dead bodies everywhere,
d They shall be thrown out in silence."

4 Hear this, you who 1 swallow up the needy,
And make the poor of the land fail,
5 Saying:
"When will the New Moon be past,
That we may sell grain?
And e the Sabbath,
That we may 2 trade wheat?
f Making the ephah small and the shekel large,
Falsifying the scales by g deceit,
6 That we may buy the poor for h silver,
And the needy for a pair of sandals -
Even sell the bad wheat?"

7 The LORD has sworn by i the pride of Jacob:
"Surely j I will never forget any of their works.
8 k Shall the land not tremble for this,
And everyone mourn who dwells in it?
All of it shall swell like 3 the River, 4
Heave and subside
l Like the River of Egypt.

9 "And it shall come to pass in that day," says the Lord GOD,
m "That I will make the sun go down at noon,
And I will darken the earth in 5 broad daylight;
10 I will turn your feasts into n mourning,
o And all your songs into lamentation;
p I will bring sackcloth on every waist,
And baldness on every head;
I will make it like mourning for an only son,
And its end like a bitter day.

11 "Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD,
"That I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine of bread,
Nor a thirst for water,
But q of hearing the words of the LORD.
12 They shall wander from sea to sea,
And from north to east;
They shall run to and fro, seeking the word of the LORD,
But shall r not find it.

13 "In that day the fair virgins
And strong young men
Shall faint from thirst.
14 Those who s swear by t the 6 sin 6 of Samaria,
Who say,
'As your god lives, O Dan!'
And, 'As the way of u Beersheba lives!'
They shall fall and never rise again."

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