Amos 8:6 {5}
Good News Translation
We can sell worthless wheat at a high price. We'll find someone poor who can't pay his debts, not even the price of a pair of sandals, and we'll buy him as a slave."

Contemporary English Version
and mix dust in the grain. Those who are needy and poor don't have any money. We will make them our slaves for the price of a pair of sandals."

Douay-Rheims Bible
Saying: When will the month be over, and we shall sell our wares: and the sabbath, and we shall open the corn: that we may lessen the measure, and increase the sicle, and may convey in deceitful balances,

New American Bible
We will buy the destitute for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals; even the worthless grain we will sell!”

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Saying: When will the month be over, and we shall sell our wares: and the sabbath, and we shall open the corn: that we may lessen the measure, and increase the sicle, and may convey in deceitful balances,

Amos 8:4 And the hinges of the temple shall screak in that day, saith the Lord God: many shall die: silence shall be cast in every place.

Amos 2:6 Thus saith the Lord: For three crimes of Israel, and for four I will not convert him: because he hath sold the just man for silver, and the poor man for a pair of shoes.

Leviticus 25:39-42 If thy brother constrained by poverty, sell himself to thee: thou shalt not oppress him with the service of bondservants. . . .

Nehemiah 5:1-5,8 Now there was a great cry of the people, and of their wives against their brethren the Jews. . . .

Joel 3:3,6 And they have cast lots upon my people: and the boy they have put in the stews, and the girl they have sold for wine, that they might drink. . . .

Context
The Basket of Ripe Fruit
5Hear this, you that crush the poor, and make the needy of the land to fail, 6Saying: When will the month be over, and we shall sell our wares: and the sabbath, and we shall open the corn: that we may lessen the measure, and increase the sicle, and may convey in deceitful balances,7That we may possess the needy for money, and the poor for a pair of shoes, and may sell the refuse of the corn?…
Cross References
Amos 2:6
Thus saith the Lord: For three crimes of Israel, and for four I will not convert him: because he hath sold the just man for silver, and the poor man for a pair of shoes.

Amos 3:9
Publish it in the houses of Azotus, and in the houses of the land of Egypt, and say: Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the many follies in the midst thereof, and them that suffer oppression in the inner rooms thereof.

Amos 4:1
Hear this word, ye fat kine that are in the mountains of Samaria: you that oppress the needy, and crush the poor: that say to your masters: Bring, and we will drink.

Additional Translations
Let us buy the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the chaff with the wheat!”That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yes, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for shoes; and we will trade in every kind of fruit.

that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; and that we may sell the refuse of the wheat.

that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes, and sell the refuse of the wheat.

That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; and even sell the refuse of the wheat?

that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes, and sell the sweepings with the wheat?'"

To purchase with money the poor, And the needy for a pair of sandals, Yea, the refuse of the pure corn we sell.
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