New International Reader's Version

Amos 1

1These are the words of Amos. He was a shepherd from the town of Tekoa. Here is the vision he saw concerning Israel. It came to him two years before the earthquake. At that time Uzziah was king of Judah. Jeroboam, the son of Jehoash, was king of Israel. Here are the words of Amos.

He said,

“The Lord roars like a lion from Jerusalem.
    His voice sounds like thunder from Zion.
The grasslands of the shepherds turn brown.
    The top of Mount Carmel dries up.”

The Lord Judges Israel’s Neighbors

The Lord says,

“The people of Damascus have sinned again and again.
    So I will judge them.
They used threshing sleds with iron teeth
    to crush Gilead’s people.
So I will send fire to destroy the palace of King Hazael.
    It will burn up the forts of his son Ben-Hadad.
I will break down the city gate of Damascus.
    I will kill the king
    who lives in the Valley of Aven, that evil place.
He holds the ruler’s scepter in Beth Eden.
    The people of Aram will be taken away to Kir as prisoners,”
    says the Lord.

The Lord says,

“The people of Gaza have sinned again and again.
    So I will judge them.
They captured whole communities.
    They sold them to Edom.
So I will send fire to destroy the walls of Gaza.
    It will burn up its forts.
I will kill the king of Ashdod.
    He holds the ruler’s scepter in Ashkelon.
I will use my power against Ekron.
    Every single Philistine will die,”
    says the Lord and King.

The Lord says,

“The people of Tyre have sinned again and again.
    So I will judge them.
They captured whole communities.
    They sold them to Edom.
They did not honor the treaty
    of friendship they had made.
10 So I will send fire to destroy the walls of Tyre.
    It will burn up its forts.”

11 The Lord says,

“The people of Edom have sinned again and again.
    So I will judge them.
They chased Israel with swords
    that were ready to strike them down.
    They killed the women of the land.
They were angry all the time.
    Their anger was like a fire that blazed out.
    It could not be stopped.
12 So I will send fire to destroy the city of Teman.
    It will burn up Bozrah’s forts.”

13 The Lord says,

“The people of Ammon have sinned again and again.
    So I will judge them.
They ripped open the pregnant women in Gilead.
    They wanted to add land to their territory.
14 So I will set fire to destroy the walls of Rabbah.
    It will burn up its forts.
War cries will be heard on that day of battle.
    Strong winds will blow on that stormy day.
15 Ammon’s king will be carried away.
    So will his officials,”
    says the Lord.

The Message

Amos 1

1The Message of Amos, one of the shepherds of Tekoa, that he received on behalf of Israel. It came to him in visions during the time that Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam II son of Joash was king of Israel, two years before the big earthquake.

Swallowing the Same Old Lies

The Message:

God roars from Zion,
    shouts from Jerusalem!
The thunderclap voice withers the pastures tended by shepherds,
    shrivels Mount Carmel’s proud peak.

3-5 God’s Message:

“Because of the three great sins of Damascus
    —make that four—I’m not putting up with her any longer.
She pounded Gilead to a pulp, pounded her senseless
    with iron hammers and mauls.
For that, I’m setting the palace of Hazael on fire.
    I’m torching Ben-hadad’s forts.
I’m going to smash the Damascus gates
    and banish the crime king who lives in Sin Valley,
    the vice boss who gives orders from Paradise Palace.
The people of the land will be sent back
    to where they came from—to Kir.”
        God’s Decree.

6-8 God’s Message:

“Because of the three great sins of Gaza
    —make that four—I’m not putting up with her any longer.
She deported whole towns
    and then sold the people to Edom.
For that, I’m burning down the walls of Gaza,
    burning up all her forts.
I’ll banish the crime king from Ashdod,
    the vice boss from Ashkelon.
I’ll raise my fist against Ekron,
    and what’s left of the Philistines will die.”
        God’s Decree.

9-10 God’s Message:

“Because of the three great sins of Tyre
    —make that four—I’m not putting up with her any longer.
She deported whole towns to Edom,
    breaking the treaty she had with her kin.
For that, I’m burning down the walls of Tyre,
    burning up all her forts.”

11-12 God’s Message:

“Because of the three great sins of Edom
    —make that four—I’m not putting up with her any longer.
She hunts down her brother to murder him.
    She has no pity, she has no heart.
Her anger rampages day and night.
    Her meanness never takes a timeout.
For that, I’m burning down her capital, Teman,
    burning up the forts of Bozrah.”

13-15 God’s Message:

“Because of the three great sins of Ammon
    —make that four—I’m not putting up with her any longer.
She ripped open pregnant women in Gilead
    to get more land for herself.
For that, I’m burning down the walls of her capital, Rabbah,
    burning up her forts.
Battle shouts! War whoops!
    with a tornado to finish things off!
The king has been carted off to exile,
    the king and his princes with him.”
        God’s Decree.