Amos 5
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1Listen to this funeral song I am ready to sing about you, family of Israel: 1Listen to this message that I am singing for you, a lament, house of Israel:
2"The virgin Israel has fallen down and will not get up again. She is abandoned on her own land with no one to help her get up." 2She has fallen; Virgin Israel will never rise again. She lies abandoned on her land, with no one to raise her up.
3The sovereign LORD says this: "The city that marches out with a thousand soldiers will have only a hundred left; the town that marches out with a hundred soldiers will have only ten left for the family of Israel." 3For the Lord GOD says: The city that marches out a thousand strong will have only a hundred left, and the one that marches out a hundred strong will have only ten left in the house of Israel.
4The LORD says this to the family of Israel: "Seek me so you can live! 4For the LORD says to the house of Israel: Seek Me and live!
5Do not seek Bethel! Do not visit Gilgal! Do not journey down to Beer Sheba! For the people of Gilgal will certainly be carried into exile; and Bethel will become a place where disaster abounds." 5Do not seek Bethel or go to Gilgal or journey to Beer-sheba, for Gilgal will certainly go into exile, and Bethel will come to nothing.
6Seek the LORD so you can live! Otherwise he will break out like fire against Joseph's family; the fire will consume and no one will be able to quench it and save Bethel. 6Seek Yahweh and live, or He will spread like fire throughout the house of Joseph; it will consume everything, with no one at Bethel to extinguish it.
7The Israelites turn justice into bitterness; they throw what is fair and right to the ground. 7Those who turn justice into wormwood throw righteousness to the ground.
8(But there is one who made the constellations Pleiades and Orion; he can turn the darkness into morning and daylight into night. He summons the water of the seas and pours it out on the earth's surface. The LORD is his name! 8The One 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 out over the face of the earth-- Yahweh is His name.
9He flashes destruction down upon the strong so that destruction overwhelms the fortified places.) 9He brings destruction on the strong, and it falls on the stronghold.
10The Israelites hate anyone who arbitrates at the city gate; they despise anyone who speaks honestly. 10They hate the one who convicts the guilty at the city gate and despise the one who speaks with integrity.
11Therefore, because you make the poor pay taxes on their crops and exact a grain tax from them, you will not live in the houses you built with chiseled stone, nor will you drink the wine from the fine vineyards you planted. 11Therefore, because you trample on the poor and exact a grain tax from him, you will never live in the houses of cut stone you have built; you will never drink the wine from the lush vineyards you have planted.
12Certainly I am aware of your many rebellious acts and your numerous sins. You torment the innocent, you take bribes, and you deny justice to the needy at the city gate. 12For I know your crimes are many and your sins innumerable. They oppress the righteous, take a bribe, and deprive the poor of justice at the gates.
13For this reason whoever is smart keeps quiet in such a time, for it is an evil time. 13Therefore, the wise person will keep silent at such a time, for the days are evil.
14Seek good and not evil so you can live! Then the LORD, the God who commands armies, just might be with you, as you claim he is. 14Seek good and not evil so that you may live, and the LORD, the God of Hosts, will be with you, as you have claimed.
15Hate what is wrong, love what is right! Promote justice at the city gate! Maybe the LORD, the God who commands armies, will have mercy on those who are left from Joseph. 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.
16Because of Israel's sins this is what the LORD, the God who commands armies, the sovereign One, says: "In all the squares there will be wailing, in all the streets they will mourn the dead. They will tell the field workers to lament and the professional mourners to wail. 16Therefore Yahweh, the God of Hosts, the Lord, says: There will be wailing in all the public squares; they will cry out in anguish in all the streets. The farmer will be called on to mourn, and professional mourners to wail.
17In all the vineyards there will be wailing, for I will pass through your midst," says the LORD. 17There will be wailing in all the vineyards, for I will pass among you. The LORD has spoken.
18Woe to those who wish for the day of the LORD! Why do you want the LORD's day of judgment to come? It will bring darkness, not light. 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.
19Disaster will be inescapable, as if a man ran from a lion only to meet a bear, then escaped into a house, leaned his hand against the wall, and was bitten by a poisonous snake. 19It will be like a man who flees from a lion only to have a bear confront him. He goes home and rests his hand against the wall only to have a snake bite him.
20Don't you realize the LORD's day of judgment will bring darkness, not light--gloomy blackness, not bright light? 20Won't the Day of the LORD be darkness rather than light, even gloom without any brightness in it?
21"I absolutely despise your festivals! I get no pleasure from your religious assemblies! 21I hate, I despise your feasts! I can't stand the stench of your solemn assemblies.
22Even if you offer me burnt and grain offerings, I will not be satisfied; I will not look with favor on your peace offerings of fattened calves. 22Even if you offer Me your burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them; I will have no regard for your fellowship offerings of fattened cattle.
23Take away from me your noisy songs; I don't want to hear the music of your stringed instruments. 23Take away from Me the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24Justice must flow like torrents of water, righteous actions like a stream that never dries up. 24But let justice flow like water, and righteousness, like an unfailing stream."
25You did not bring me sacrifices and grain offerings during the forty years you spent in the wilderness, family of Israel. 25House of Israel, was it sacrifices and grain offerings that you presented to Me during the 40 years in the wilderness?
26You will pick up your images of Sikkuth, your king, and Kiyyun, your star god, which you made for yourselves, 26But you have taken up Sakkuth your king and Kaiwan your star god, images you have made for yourselves.
27and I will drive you into exile beyond Damascus," says the LORD. He is called the God who commands armies! 27So I will send you into exile beyond Damascus." Yahweh, the God of Hosts, is His name. He has spoken.
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