Basket of Fruit and Israel’s Captivity
Thus the Lord [a]God showed me, and behold, there was a basket of summer fruit. He said, “What do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel. I will [b]spare them no longer. [c]The songs of the palace will turn to wailing in that day,” declares the Lord God. “Many will be the corpses; in every place [d]they will cast them forth [e]in silence.”
Hear this, you who [f]trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land, saying,
“When will the new moon [g]be over,
So that we may sell grain,
And the sabbath, that we may open the wheat market,
To make the [h]bushel smaller and the shekel bigger,
And to cheat with [i]dishonest scales,
So as to buy the helpless for [j]money
And the needy for a pair of sandals,
And that we may sell the refuse of the wheat?”
The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob,
“Indeed, I will never forget any of their deeds.
“Because of this will not the land quake
And everyone who dwells in it mourn?
Indeed, all of it will rise up like the Nile,
And it will be tossed about
And subside like the Nile of Egypt.
“It will come about in that day,” declares the Lord God,
“That I will make the sun go down at noon
And make the earth dark in [k]broad daylight.
“Then I will turn your festivals into mourning
And all your songs into [l]lamentation;
And I will bring sackcloth on everyone’s loins
And baldness on every head.
And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son,
And the end of it will be like a bitter day.
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord God,
“When I will send a famine on the land,
Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water,
But rather for hearing the words of the Lord.
“People will stagger from sea to sea
And from the north even to the east;
They will go to and fro to seek the word of the Lord,
But they will not find it.
“In that day the beautiful virgins
And the young men will faint from thirst.
“As for those who swear by the [m]guilt of Samaria,
Who say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan,’
And, ‘As the way of Beersheba lives,’
They will fall and not rise again.”
- Amos 8:1 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord, and so throughout the ch
- Amos 8:2 Lit pass him by
- Amos 8:3 Or They will howl the palace songs
- Amos 8:3 Lit he has thrown
- Amos 8:3 Or hush!
- Amos 8:4 Or snap at
- Amos 8:5 Lit pass by
- Amos 8:5 Lit ephah
- Amos 8:5 Lit balances of deception
- Amos 8:6 Lit silver
- Amos 8:9 Lit a day of light
- Amos 8:10 Or a dirge
- Amos 8:14 Or Ashimah
God’s Judgment Unavoidable
I saw the Lord standing beside the altar, and He said,
“Smite the capitals so that the thresholds will shake,
And break them on the heads of them all!
Then I will slay the rest of them with the sword;
They will not have a fugitive who will flee,
Or a refugee who will escape.
“Though they dig into Sheol,
From there will My hand take them;
And though they ascend to heaven,
From there will I bring them down.
“Though they hide on the summit of Carmel,
I will search them out and take them from there;
And though they conceal themselves from My sight on the floor of the sea,
From there I will command the serpent and it will bite them.
“And though they go into captivity before their enemies,
From there I will command the sword that it slay them,
And I will set My eyes against them for evil and not for good.”
The Lord [a]God of hosts,
The One who touches the land so that it melts,
And all those who dwell in it mourn,
And all of it rises up like the Nile
And subsides like the Nile of Egypt;
The One who builds His [b]upper chambers in the heavens
And has founded His vaulted dome over the earth,
He who calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the face of the earth,
The Lord is His name.
“Are you not as the sons of Ethiopia to Me,
O sons of Israel?” declares the Lord.
“Have I not brought up Israel from the land of Egypt,
And the Philistines from Caphtor and the Arameans from Kir?
“Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are on the sinful kingdom,
And I will destroy it from the face of the earth;
Nevertheless, I will not totally destroy the house of Jacob,”
Declares the Lord.
“For behold, I am commanding,
And I will shake the house of Israel among all nations
As grain is shaken in a sieve,
But not a [c]kernel will fall to the ground.
“All the sinners of My people will die by the sword,
Those who say, ‘The calamity will not overtake or confront us.’
The Restoration of Israel
“In that day I will raise up the fallen [d]booth of David,
And wall up its breaches;
I will also raise up its ruins
And rebuild it as in the days of old;
That they may possess the remnant of Edom
And all the [e]nations who are called by My name,”
Declares the Lord who does this.
“Behold, days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“When the plowman will overtake the reaper
And the treader of grapes him who sows seed;
When the mountains will drip sweet wine
And all the hills will be dissolved.
“Also I will restore the [f]captivity of My people Israel,
And they will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them;
They will also plant vineyards and drink their wine,
And make gardens and eat their fruit.
“I will also plant them on their land,
And they will not again be rooted out from their land
Which I have given them,”
Says the Lord your God.
- Amos 9:5 Heb YHWH, usually rendered Lord, and so throughout the ch
- Amos 9:6 Or stairs
- Amos 9:9 Or pebble
- Amos 9:11 Or shelter or tabernacle
- Amos 9:12 Or Gentiles
- Amos 9:14 Or fortunes