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
As proof of their awesome terror,
And they 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 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,
Which 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 extorted
There at the [Temple] of God!

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

10 'From the land of Egypt, I took them,
And through the desert I led them
During 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].
O Sons of IsraEl;
Aren't these the things that I did,
asks Jehovah?

12 'But to those [Nazarites], you then 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 you'll find your bowmen unable to stand;
Those fleet of foot will not 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
That He is pronouncing against youÉ
To those tribes that He led out of Egypt.
For, this is what He's 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 snap shut 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 that 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 her wonders,
They'll see the tyranny within her.
10 Then, those who treasure misery and injustice
Will never see what is coming,' said the Lord

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 'And listen to this, O you priestsÉ
Then to the house of Jacob, proclaim it,

Says Jehovah, the Almighty God!

14 'In the day of My vengeance upon IsraEl,
I'll destroy your altar at BethEl.
And because of the godless things that you've done,
They'll cut off the horns of your altar
And knock it down to the ground!

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

Chapter 4

1 'So, hear these words, O heifers of BaShanÉ
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,
Against them, God swore this oath:
Look, the days will soon come
When they'll gather you and your families
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 pronouncement,
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 '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 in that place, it will be very dry.

8 'Then, those from two or three cities
Will go to one city to drinkÉ
But no way will they be satisfied,
Because they will not have turned back to Me,
says Jehovah.

9 'Then I'll strike you with jaundice and fire;
And the vineyards and gardens you've gained
As well as your 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.
Thereafter, I'll take all your horsesÉ
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 am 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 am 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 'And thus says Jehovah, [her] God:
From a city that a thousand had left,
Only a hundred will return;
And from a town that a hundred had left,
Only ten from IsraEl's house will return.

4 'For, thus says Jehovah to the house of IsraEl:
5 Inquire of Me and you'll liveÉ
Do not [travel to] BethEl,
And into GilGal, don't enter,
Or 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 doneÉ
And then you won't have to be burned!
For [fire] will come and consume,
And no one will douse IsraEl's flames.

7 'For from the heights, it's Jehovah who determines what's right
And who sets the earth's righteous [standards],
8 Because He is it's Creator,
And the One who made it all different.

'He's the One who turns shadows into morning
And the day into the darkness of night;
He's the One who calls water out of the seas
And pours it 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 Of those who shout at the Prophets
That arrive at their gates,
Because they hate those who speak holy words.
11 They're 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 'Now, ask for the good (not the bad)
So that you can continue to live.
If you'll ask the Almighty to be with you,
He'll provide the things that you need
Whenever you are willing to say,
15 We hate what is bad and love what is good!

'If you'll bring justice to your [city] gates;
Jehovah the Almighty God
Will show mercy on the remnants of JoSeph.

16 'For, it's because of such things,
Says Jehovah, the Almighty God,
That you'll beat your chests in your squares,
And cry,
Woe [is me] in your streets!

'Then the farmers will be called to do mourningÉ
They'll be wailing and beating their chests.
17 Yes 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 brings only darkness, not light!

19 'It's as when a man is fleeing a lion
Or being attacked by a bear,
And he rushes to his house and 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 brightness!

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,
Since I don't wish to hear the tunes of your psalms!
24 For the waters of judgment will pour down on you,
And the river of righteousness, you will not cross.

25 'O house of IsraEl;
You brought victims to Me 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 nations,
And 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 ivory beds
And waste their lives upon their divans.

'They eat the kids of the flocks
And the 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 the insults of Jacob
And detested their fortified cities;
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 die.
10 Yes 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!

'But you've replaced true justice with rage
And righteous fruit into something that's bitter.
13 You are also glad to hear bad reports,
And you say,
We're so strong that we have grown horns!

14 'So house of IsraEl, be careful,
For I'm arousing a nation against you
That 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, being led by Gog the grasshopper king. 2 These [locusts] came to devour all the grass in the land. So I shouted, '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 also called fire down upon them as their punishmentÉ and [this fire] devoured everything to 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!} he was standing on a straight wall with 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 beyond it, I will no longer pass.

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 am now sending the broadsword.'

10 Well after that, AmaziAh (the priest of BethEl) sent [a message] to JeroBoam (the king of IsraEl) that said: '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 And later, AmaziAh said this 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 the Lord 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 this is what was said by Jehovah:
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 in fact be led from this landÉ
They'll be carried away as captives.'

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 told me, 'This was said by Jehovah:
My people, IsraEl, have now reached their end,
For I'll no longer overlook what they're doing.
3 So in that day;
Screams will come from their temples and stock pensÉ
For there, many [people] will fall,
As to their place, I'll bring silence.

4 'So listen, O you who're destroying the needy,
And those tyrannizing the poorÉ
5 Yes, all of you who keep asking
When the [New Moons] will be over,
So you can go back to your trading,
And you who look for the Sabbaths to end
So you can open your [cash drawers],
Then measure out small and [unfairly]
By adding weights as you measure,
And by using unbalanced scales.
6 Then, from the needy and poor,
You can take all of their silver
In return for sandals and [clothes].

7 'And after that, Jehovah swore this oath against Jacob's pride:
Do you think that I'll forget about this
And I'll allow you to win? I won't!

8 'Then [He said]:
Won't this bring disturbance to the land,
And won't all who live there start mourning?
For destruction will rise like a river,
And in its deep waters they'll sink.

9 'Jehovah said:
Then the sun will set at midday,
And the land will get dark in the daylight.
10 So their holiday feasts will turn into mourning,
And all of their songs into wailing.

'Then 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 their happy days, I'll turn into grief.

11 'Look, the days are coming, says Jehovah,
When to this land, I'll send famineÉ
But it won't be a famine of bread
Nor a famine of water,
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 of 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 Well after that, I saw the Lord standing at the Altar, and he said:
'Strike the Propitiatory and shake all its gates,
Then 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 will 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 wild beast to bite them.

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

5 'For Jehovah, the Lord God Almighty
Has grabbed 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 'O sons of IsraEl;
To Me, you aren't like sons of Kush,
For I'm the One who led you from Egypt,
And from the Cappadocian Philistines,
Then from the Syrians of Kir.

8 '{Look!} For 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 things will never approach usÉ
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 remain 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 had been 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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