Amos 5
Berean Study Bible

A Lamentation against Israel

1Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lamentation I take up against you:

2“Fallen is Virgin Israel,

never to rise again.

She lies abandoned on her land,

with no one to raise her up.”

3This is what the Lord GOD says:

“The city that marches out a thousand strong

will only see a hundred return,

and the one that marches out a hundred strong

will have but ten left in the house of Israel.”

A Call to Repentance
(Joel 1:13-20; Zephaniah 2:1-3; Luke 13:1-5)

4For this is what the LORD says to the house of Israel:

“Seek Me and live!

5Do not seek Bethel or go to Gilgal;

do not journey to Beersheba,

for Gilgal will surely go into exile,

and Bethel will come to nothing.a

6Seek the LORD and live,

or He will spread like fire through the house of Joseph;

it will devour everything,

with no one at Bethel to extinguish it.

7You who turn justice into wormwood

and cast righteousness to the ground—

8He who made the Pleiades and Orion,

who turns darkness into dawn

and darkens day into night,

who summons the waters of the sea

and pours them over the face of the earth,

the LORD is His name.

9He flashes destruction on the strong,

so that fury comes upon the stronghold—

10you hate the one who reproves in the gate

and despise him who speaks with integrity.

11Therefore, because you trample on the poor

and exact from him a tax of grain,

you will never live in the stone houses you have built;

you will never drink the wine

from the lush vineyards you have planted.

12For I know your transgressions are many

and your sins are innumerable.

You oppress the righteous, taking bribes,

and depriving the poor of justice at the gates.

13Therefore, the prudent keep silent in such times,

for the days are evil.

14Seek good, not evil

so that you may live,

and the LORD, the God of Hosts,

will be with you, as you have claimed.

15Hate evil and love good;

establish justice in the gate.

Perhaps the LORD, the God of Hosts, will be gracious

to the remnant of Joseph.”

The Day of the LORD

16Therefore this is what the LORD, the God of Hosts, the Lord, says:

“There will be wailing in all the public squares

and cries of ‘Alas, Alas’ in all the streets.

The farmer will be summoned to mourn,

and the mourners to wail.

17There will be wailing in all the vineyards,

for I will pass through your midst,”

Says the LORD.

18Woe to you who long for the Day of the LORD!

What will the Day of the LORD be for you?

It will be darkness and not light.

19It will be like a man who flees from a lion

only to encounter a bear,

or who enters his house

and rests his hand against the wall,

only to have a serpent bite him.

20Will not the Day of the LORD

be darkness and not light,

even gloom with no brightness in it?

21I hate, I despise your feasts!

I cannot stand the stench of your solemn assemblies.

22Even though you offer Me burnt offerings and grain offerings,

I will not accept them;

for your peace offerings of fattened cattle,

I will have no regard.

23Take away from Me the noise of your songs!

I will not listen to the music of your harps.

24But let justice roll on like a river,

and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

25Did you bring Me sacrifices and offerings

forty years In the wilderness, O house of Israel?

26You have lifted up Sakkuth your king

and Kaiwan your star god,b

the idols you made for yourselves.

27Therefore, I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,”

says the LORD, whose name is the God of Hosts.



Footnotes:

5 a Hebrew Aven, a reference to Beth Aven (a derogatory term for Bethel); see Hosea 4:15
26 b Septuagint You have lifted up the shrine of Molech and the star of your god Rephan



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