Amos

From the Greek Septuagint text as was used by First Century Christians
A prophecy that was given to the Prophet Amos while he was living in the ten-tribe Kingdom of IsraEl,
concerning the future destruction of many nations that lived around and/or had dealings with his nation,
as well as what would happen to both Judah and IsraEl. According to archaeologists, it was written in 758-BCE.
However, our Bible-based estimates place this closer to 800-BCE.

Chapter 1

1 These are the words of Amos [which tell] of things that took place [while he was at] Kiriath JaiRim in Tekoa, and of the things that he saw concerning JeruSalem in the days of UzziAh the king of Judah, and in the days of JeroBoam (son of JoAsh) the king of IsraEl, two years before the earthquake.

2 The Lord spoke out of ZionÉ
From JeruSalem, he spoke and said this:
'Over shepherds' pastures, you'll mourn,
And over the drought on [Mount] Carmel.'

3 And the Lord said:
'Because of these three godless deeds of Damascus (and even four),
I won't turn [my] attention from them.
For they used iron saws to saw open,
Those in GileAd with [babies] in their wombs.

4 'So, to the house of HazaEl, I'll send fire,
And burn the foundations of the sons of Hadad.
Damascus and those in On's plains, I'll destroy;
I'll cut the men of Edem to bits;
And Assyria's best men will be captured, says Jehovah.'

6 Then the Lord said:
'For Gaza's three godless deeds (and even four),
I won't turn [my] attention from them.
For they captured Solomon's captives,
And handed them over to Edom.

7 'So to Gaza's walls, I'll send fire,
Which will eat her to her foundations.
8 I'll also destroy those in AshDod;
And from AshKelon, I'll remove a whole tribe.
Then I'll bring My hand against EkRon,
And destroy the remaining Philistines, says Jehovah.'

9 And the Lord said:
'Because of Tyre's three godless deeds (and even four),
I won't turn [my] attention from them.
For they locked away Solomon's captives in EdomÉ
Forgetting their treaty of brothers.

10 'So, to the walls of Tyre, I'll send fire,
Which will eat her to her foundations.'

11 And the Lord said:
'Because of Edom's three godless deeds (and even four),
I won't turn [my] attention from them.
For they chased their brothers with swords,
And [cut down] the mothers throughout the land.
They seized [the mothers] by force,
To prove the awesome terror they brought,
And continued to do this until they had won.

12 'So, I will send fire against Teman,
Which will eat her to her foundations.'

13 And the Lord said:
'Because of the three godless deeds
Of the sons of AmMon (and even four),
I won't turn [my] attention from them.
For in GileAd, they had ripped open,
[Women] with [babies] in their wombs,
Just to widen their borders.

14 'So I'll light a fire upon RabBah's walls,
Which will eat her to her foundations.
Then I'll raise cries of war in that dayÉ
And they'll shake in the day she's consumed.
15 Then, into captivity, I'll send her king,
Along with her rulers and priests, says Jehovah.'

Chapter 2

1 And the Lord said:
'Because of Moab's three godless deeds (and even four),
I won't turn [my] attention from them.
For, the king of Edom's bones, they burned into dust.

2 'So, I will send fire upon Moab,
And it will devour their cities' foundations.
Then Moab will be left without any strengthÉ
She'll hear cries and the blowing of trumpets.

3 'I'll destroy all her judges and rulersÉ
Yes, I'll kill them all, says Jehovah.'

4 And the Lord said:
'Because of the three [lawless] deeds
Of the sons of Judah (and even four),
I won't turn [my] attention from them.
For they pushed [aside all My] Laws,
And refused to follow My orders.

'So, I will cause them to wander,
And follow the foolish idols they've made,
Whom they've followed [since the time of] their fathers.

5 'Then, I will send fire upon Judah,
And wipe JeruSalem to her foundations.'

6 And the Lord said:
'Because of IsraEl's three godless deeds (and even four),
I won't turn [my] attention from them.
For, from the righteous and needy,
They demanded silver for sandalsÉ
7 [Things they need] to walk on the dust of the ground.

'They trampled the heads of the poor,
And turned the humble away.
Then, with the very same slaves,
Fathers and sons both had sex,
So they could profane the Name of their God.

8 'Then, with their old clothes and rough cords,
They erected booths next to My Altar,
Where they drank the wine they'd extortedÉ
There at the [Temple] of God!

9 'For them, I wiped out the Amorites,
Though they'd become strong as the oaks,
And as tall as the cedarsÉ
I removed all the fruit from their boughs,
As well as their roots underneath them.

10 'From the land of Egypt, I took them,
And led them through the desert for the next forty years,
So they could inherit the Amorite's land.

11 'Then I took their sons as [my] Prophets,
And their young men to serve as My [Nazarites]É
Sons of IsraEl; isn't this what I did, asks Jehovah?

12 'But, to those [Nazarites], you offered wine,
And you told the Prophets not to foretell!
13 So because of this, I'll roll over you,
Like a wagon loaded with stubble.

14 'Then all hope of flight into exile
By those who can run, will be lost;
For the strong won't be able to maintain their strength,
And no way will the soldiers save their own lives.

15 'Then your bowmen will not be able to stand;
Those fleet of foot won't escape;
Horseman won't save their own lives;
16 The strong won't have mighty hearts;
And in that day, they'll flee naked, says Jehovah.'

Chapter 3

1 O house of IsraEl;
Listen to these words of Jehovah,
Which He has pronounced against youÉ
To those tribes that He led out of Egypt,
This is what He has declared:

2 'I have known only you,
Among all the tribes of earth;
And because of this (because of your sins),
I will take vengeance upon you!

3 'Can two walk together unless they've agreed? No!
4 Will a lion roar from the woods,
If he hasn't [caught] any game? No!
Will a cub call out from his lair,
If he hasn't captured his prey? No!
5 Will a bird fall to the ground,
If it hasn't [been shot by] a hunter? No!
Will a snare fall closed without catching? No!
6 Will the sound of the trumpet be heard in a town,
Without terrorizing its people? No!
Will harm ever come to a city,
Unless it's been sent by Jehovah? No!

7 'There's nothing that God Jehovah will do,
Unless it's revealed to His servants, the Prophets.
8 So, as when a lion lets out a roar,
And all who hear it are fearful;
When Jehovah God has something to say,
What [Prophet] will not prophesy?

9 'So, you must make this pronouncement,
To Assyria and those down in Egypt!
Tell them to gather on Samaria's hills,
And as they gaze at the wonders within her,
They'll see the tyranny that's in her midst.
10 Then, those who treasure misery and injustice,' said the Lord,
'Will never see what is coming.'

11 So Jehovah, The God, sends this this message:
'Tyre and all that's around it,
Will soon become desolation.
For, I will remove all their strength,
And then rip their regions to pieces!'

12 Jehovah says:
'As a shepherd will pull from the mouth of a lion,
Two legs or part of an ear;
That's how IsraEl's sons will be ripped
(Those dwelling in Samaria and Damascus),
By a tribe that they haven't known.

13 'So, listen to this, O you priestsÉ
And to the house of Jacob, proclaim it,'
Says Jehovah, the Almighty God!

14 'In the day of My vengeance upon IsraEl,
I'll destroy their altar at BethEl.
Yes, because of the godless things being done,
They'll cut off the horns of the altar,
And then it will fall to the ground!

15 'I will also send them confusion,
And I'll strike the bins in their barns,
Where all their harvests are stored.
Their ivory houses, I'll also destroy,
As well as the homes roundabout them,' says Jehovah.'

Chapter 4

1So, hear these words, O heifers of BaShan;
Yes, you in Samaria's mountainsÉ
You who are tyrants to the needy,
And you who trample the poor...
Those poor ones who must beg their masters,
To give them something to drink!

2 For by all that He deems to be holy,
God has sworn against them, this oath:
'Look, the days will soon come,
When they'll take your families and you,
And throw you into hot cauldrons.
3 You'll be led away naked in lines,
And they'll scatter [your bones] on Mount Hermon,' says Jehovah.

4 'For, when you went up to BethEl,
You went there to do irreverent things.
And at GilGal, you did even worseÉ
Though you brought sacrifices in the mornings,
And on the third day, you brought in your tithes;
5 Thereafter, you read outside of the Law,
And demanded [special] offerings for confessions.

'So against you, I've made this pronouncementÉ
Because IsraEl's sons have loved all these things;
6 To your cities, I now will send toothaches,
And I will send famines of breadÉ
For you left Me and never returned,' says Jehovah.

7 'So I'll hold back the rain on your crops for three months,
Then, I will [send] rain to one town,
But I'll not send rain on anotherÉ
I will send rain to one portion,
And not send rain to another,
So it will be very dry in that place.

8 'Then, those from two or three cities,
Will go to one city to drinkÉ
But no way will they then get filled,
Because they haven't turned back to Me,' says Jehovah.

9 'Then I'll strike you with jaundice and fire;
And all the vineyards and gardens you've gained,
As well as groves of olives and figs,
Will all be eaten by bugsÉ
But you still won't turn back [to Me],' says Jehovah.

10 'Then from Egypt, I'll send you a plague;
And your young men, I'll kill by the sword.
After that, I will take all your horses;
And because this will just make you angry,
Into your camps, I'll send fireÉ
Yet to Me, you still won't return,' says Jehovah.

11 'Like Sodom and GomorRah, I'll wipe you awayÉ
I'll make you like coals that are pulled from the flamesÉ
Yet to Me, you still won't return,' says Jehovah.

12 'Because of such things, O IsraEl;
Both this and that, I'll then do to you,
Until you are ready to call to your God!

13 'Look! I'm the one who sends thunderÉ
I'm the one who created the wind,
And the one who tells men about My concerns.

'For I send the dawn and the fog,
And I ride across the heights of the earthÉ
I'm Jehovah, the Almighty God!'

Chapter 5

1 So, hear the word of Jehovah;
For against you, He sang this lament:
'The house of IsraEl will fall,
And thereafter, she will not be raised.
2 IsraEl (the virgin) will trip in her land,
And there will be no one to lift her.'

3 For, thus says Jehovah, [her] God:
'From the city that a thousand had left,
[Will return], only a hundred;
And the town from which left a hundred,
Ten from IsraEl's house will return.'

4 For, thus says Jehovah to the house of IsraEl:
5 'Inquire of Me and you'll live!
Do not [travel to] BethEl,
And into GilGal, don't enterÉ
Don't go the Well of the Oath!
For those going to GilGal will be captured,
And BethEl will be wiped away.'

6 So, inquire of Jehovah and live,
As the house of JoSeph has done,
And then you won't have to be burned!
For [fire] will come and consume,
And no one will douse IsraEl's flames.

7 He's the One who determines what's right from the heights,
And sets righteous [standards] for the lands,
8 He's the One who made everythingÉ
The One who made it all different.

He's the One who turns shadows into morning,
And day into the darkness of night;
He's the One who calls water out of the seas,
And pours them back onto the face of the groundÉ
He's called Jehovah, the Almighty God.

9 He's the One who divides the conflicts and strengths,
And sends misery into the strongholds,
10 Where they shout at Prophets that come to their gates,
And show hatred for those who speak holy wordsÉ
11 Those who strike the poor with their fists,
And steal their choicest of treasures.

'I can see the paneled houses you've builtÉ
Houses in which you won't live.
I can also see the vineyards you've plantedÉ
Vineyards from which you won't drink the wine.

12 'For I know all the [bad] things you've done,
And of how you've trampled the righteousÉ
How you've inflated your prices,
And turned the needy away from your gates.
13 And during that time, I silently watched,
As [you were becoming] more evil.'

14 So now, ask for the good (not the bad),
In order that you will be able to live.
If you'll ask the Almighty to be with you,
He'll provide the things you request,
Whenever you are willing to say,
15 'We hate what is bad and love what is good!'

Bring back justice to your [city] gates,
So Jehovah God, the Almighty,
May show mercy on the remnants of JoSeph.

16 'These are all of the reasons,'
Says Jehovah, the Almighty God,
'That you'll beat your chests in your squares,
And say, Woe [is me] in your streets!

'Then the farmers will be called to do mourningÉ
They'll beat on their chests and they'll wail.
17 They'll know all the ways to beat on their chests;
Because I will go through their midst,' says Jehovah.

18 Woe to those who wish for the Day of the Lord;
For, after they ask what the Lord's Day will bring,
They'll find that it only brings darkness, not light!

19 It will be as when a man's fleeing a lion,
Or when he's attacked by a bear,
And he rushes back inside his house,
And then, grabs hold of its wallsÉ
Just to be bitten by snakes.

20 For the Day of the Lord will bring darkness, not lightÉ
It will bring dimness, not something that's bright!

21 'I have detested and I've pushed away,
All of your holiday feastsÉ
In your festivals, I [find no delight].
22 So, should you bring whole burnt-offerings to Me,
Along with other sacrifices;
I won't receive them in favor,
Or approve of your gifts for salvation.

23 'So, take away the sounds of your hymns,
For I don't wish to hear the tunes of your psalms!
24 So the waters of judgment will pour down upon you,
And the river of righteousness, you will not cross.

25 'O you house of IsraEl;
You brought Me victims to be sacrificed,
During the forty years in the desert.
26 But then, you chose Moloch's tent,
And the star of Raiphan to serve as your godsÉ
You molded idols of them for yourselves!
27 So beyond Damascus, I'll move you,'
Says Jehovah, the Almighty God.

Chapter 6

1 Woe to those treating Zion with contempt,
And those who put trust in Samaria's hillsÉ
Those who've harvested heads from the nationsÉ
Those to whom the house of IsraEl has turned.

2 Now, pass through them all and take a good look;
Travel to Hamath of RabBah,
And to Gath of the Philistines.
Is yours the best of those kingdoms?
Are your borders larger than theirs?

3 An evil day will soon come,
To those hanging onto false SabbathsÉ
4 Those who lie down in their ivory beds,
And waste their lives upon their divans.

They eat the kids of the flocks,
And suckling young calves from the midst of the herds.
5 They clap along as [music] is played,
And think themselves well established
(Not as something that's passing away).

6 They drink [the best] filtered wine;
They wear the best of colognes;
And about the destruction of JoSeph,
They still remain unconcerned.
7 But soon they'll be led into exile,
And their feasting and lounging will end.

8 So, Jehovah swore this oath by Himself:
'Because I abhor all the insults of Jacob,
And I've detested their fortified towns;
I will now lift them away,
Along with all those who live there.

9 'And if ten should survive in a house,
They will thereafter all die.
10 They'll walk away from their [loved ones],
And not retrieve their bones from their homes.

'They'll just ask those in charge of their homes
If any are still left among them;
And they will answer, No longer.
Then, another will say, Just be quietÉ
Don't mention the Name of the Lord.
11 For, {Look!) He's the One who gave them the order,
To strike our mansions with fractures,
And to shred our small homes!

12 Will horses run in the rocks? No!
Will stallions stay silent near mares? No!
Yet, justice you've turned into rage,
And righteous fruit into something that's bitter.

13 You were glad [when you heard] bad reports,
And you said, 'We've grown horns, because of our strength!'

14 So, watch out, O house of IsraEl;
For He's arousing a nation against you,
Which will [surround you] and then hem you in,
To keep you from fleeing to HamAth,
Or from running to the river in the west.

Chapter 7

1 Then {Look!} the Lord showed me a breed of locusts that arrived early in the morning, led by Gog, the grasshopper king.

2 And after these [locusts] devoured all the grass in the land, I said: 'O Lord, please be kind; for, who will raise Jacob again, since so few now remain? 3 O Lord; please change Your mind about this thing that You're doing!'

But the Lord replied, 'That won't happen.'

4 Then {Look!} the Lord took me and showed me that he'd called fire down upon them as their punishmentÉ and [this fire] devoured the depths [of the great sea], as well as a portion [of the land]. 5 And I said, 'O Lord God, please stop! Who will raise Jacob again, now that so few are left? O Lord, please change your mind about doing this!

6 But the Lord replied, 'That won't happen.'

7 Then the Lord [took me] and showed me somethingÉ {Look!} there was Jehovah standing upon a straight wall holding a plumb line in His hand. 8 And the Lord asked me, 'What do you see, Amos?'

And I replied, 'A plumb line.'

Then the Lord said to me:
'{Look!} In the midst of IsraEl, my people,
I will now set a plumb line,
And past it, I will enter no longer.

9 'I'll wipe their shrines to laughter away,
And their sites of mystic rites will lie ruined;
For against the house of [King] JeroBoam,
I will now send the broadsword.'

10 And thereafter, AmaziAh (the priest of BethEl) sent [a message] to JeroBoam (the king of IsraEl) saying: 'Amos is hatching a plot against you there in the midst of the house of IsraEl, and there's no way that the land will be able to endure the things that he's saying. 11 For Amos is [telling the people] that JeroBoam will be destroyed by the broadsword, and that IsraEl will be led away from this land as captives.'

12 Then AmaziAh said to Amos (there in front of everyone): 'Get out of here and go to the land of Judah! Spend the rest of your life there and do all your prophesying there! 13 You may no longer prophesy here in BethEl, for this is the sanctuary of the king and the place of his royal palace!'

14 But I (Amos) replied to AmaziAh: 'I wasn't a Prophet or the son of a Prophet, I was just a herder of sheep and someone who picked the fruit of mulberry trees. 15 But then the Lord took me away from my sheep and said to me, Go and prophesy over My people IsraEl!

16 'So now, listen to what Jehovah told me. Because you've warned me not to prophesy over IsraEl, and you've said, There's no way that armies will be led against the house of Jacob, 17 Jehovah said this:

'Your wife will become a whore in the city,
And your sons and daughters will fall by the sword.
Then they'll measure your land with a plumb line,
And you'll come to your end in a place that's unclean.

'For, IsraEl will be led away from this landÉ
As captives, they'll be carried away.'

Chapter 8

1 Then {Look!} the Lord came and showed me the cage of a bird hunter, 2 and he asked, 'What do you see, Amos?'

And I replied, 'A bird cage.'

Then the Lord said to me:
'My people, IsraEl, have come to their end;
For no longer will I overlook them.
3 So, screams will come from their stock pens,
As well as from their temple, in that day, says Jehovah.
For there, many [people] will fall,
And to every place, I'll bring silence.

4 'Hear this, O you destroying the needy,
And you who tyrannize the poorÉ
5 Yes, all of you who keep asking,
When will the [New Moon] be over,
So we can go back to our trading?

And, When will the Sabbaths be done,
So we can open our [cash drawers],
Then measure out small and [unfairly],
By adding weights as we measure,
And by using unbalanced scalesÉ
6 So that, from the needy and poor,
We can take all the silver,
In return for sandals and [clothes]?'

7 Then Jehovah swore this oath against Jacob's pride:
'Do you think I'll forget all these things,
And allow you to see victory? No!'

8 And [He said] concerning these things:
'Won't the land be disturbed,
And won't all who live there start mourning?
For their consumption will rise like a river,
And they'll sink as they would in deep water.

9 'And at that time this will happen, says Jehovah:
The sun will set at midday,
And the land will get dark in the daylight.
10 Then your holiday feasts will turn into mourning,
And all your songs into wailing.

'Upon every loin, I'll bring sackcloth,
And baldness I'll bring upon every head.
I'll appoint them as those who mourn loved ones,
And turn their happy days into grief.

11 '{Look!} The days are coming, says Jehovah,
When upon this land, I'll send famine.
But it won't be a famine of bread,
Nor a famine of waterÉ
But a famine of hearing the Word of the Lord.

12 'From sea to sea, the waters will shake,
And [people] will run from the north to the east,
Seeking the word of Jehovah.
But then, no way will they find it.

13 'In that day, all of your pretty virgins
And all your [handsome] young men,
Will be wilting from thirst.

14 'And those who swear oaths by Samaria's Redeemer,
And say, O Dan, as your god lives,
Or, As your god lives, O BeerSheba,
Will fall and not rise again.'

Chapter 9

1 Then I saw the Lord standing at the Altar, and he said:
'Strike the Propitiatory and shake all its gates.
Cut off all of their heads,
And kill the rest with the broadsword!
There's no way that they can escape,
And no way that they can be saved!

2 'If they should [hide] in the place of the dead;
My hand will [reach down and] grab them.
And if they should [fly] into the sky;
From there, I will lead them back down.

3 'If they should hide on [Mount] Carmel,
I'll search for them there and I'll grab them.
And if they hide from my eyes in the depths of the seas,
I'll send a dragon to bite them.

4 'If their enemies should take them as captives;
I'll instruct their broadswords to kill themÉ
Yes, it's all for the bad, not for the good,
That I have set my eyes upon them.

5 'For Jehovah, the Lord God Almighty,
Has grabbed hold of the land and ordered a shaking.
Then, all who dwell there will mournÉ
It will rise and fall like the Nile.

6 'And the One who built His [home] in the skiesÉ
The One who founded the earthÉ
The One who calls water out of the seas,
And pours it back on the landÉ
The One whose Name is Jehovah, says this:

7 'You aren't like sons of Cush before me,
O you sons of IsraEl.
I'm the One who led you from Egypt,
And from the Cappadocian Philistines,
Then from the Syrians of Kir.

8 '{Look!} My eyes watch the kingdoms of sinners,
Whom I then remove from the face of the earth.
But the one that I won't completely remove,
Is the house of [My servant] Jacob,
says Jehovah.

9 'But, {Look!} I will [soon] issue My orders,
And cause IsraEl's house to be threshed,
[Along with] the rest of the nations,
In the same way that you'd winnow with a shovelÉ
And no broken pieces will [be overlooked].

10 'Then, it will be by the broadsword,
That the sinners among My people will endÉ
Yes, all of those who now say:

Such bad thing will never approach usÉ
No these things won't happen to us!

11 'And in that day, the tent of David that has fallen,
Will thereafter stand once again,
And its [broken] things, I'll rebuildÉ
The things I cut down, I will raiseÉ
I'll rebuild it as it had been before.

12 'Then, those who are left of the nations,
May inquire of those who have called on My Name,
says Jehovah (the One who will do all these things).

13 'For the days are coming, says Jehovah,
When harvests will last to the threshing,
And grapes will stay stay ripe until planting.
The mountains will trickle down sweetness,
And [there will be] crops upon all the hills.

14 'Then, I will bring back My people
(Those who were taken awayÉ
The IsraElites who were captured),
And they will rebuild all their cities
(Yes, they will all live there again).
Then, they will plant vineyards and drink their own wineÉ
They will plant gardens and eat their own fruit!

15 'Upon their own ground, I will plant them,
And from this land that I gave them,
They won't be plucked up thereafter,
Says Jehovah, The God.'

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