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					                                 THE BOOK OF

                                AMOS
             CHAPTER 1                       rish, says the Lord God.
 1 The words of Amos, who was                 9 Thus says the Lord: For three
among the shepherds of Tekoa,                wicked deeds of Tyre, and for four, I
which he saw about Israel in the             will not convert it, in so far as they
days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in         have completed an excellent captiv i-
the days of Jeroboam the son of              ty in Idumea and have not cons i-
Joash king of Israel, two years b e-         dered the bond among brothers.
fore the earthquake.                          10 And I will send a fire onto the
 2 And he said: The Lord will roar           wall of Tyre, and it will devour its
from Zion, and from Jerusalem he             buildings.
will utter his voice. And the beaut i-        11 Thus says the Lord: For three
ful pastures have mourned, and the           wicked deeds of Edom, and for four,
top of Carmel has become dry.                I will not convert him, in so far as
 3 Thus says the Lord: For three             he has been pursuing his brother
wicked deeds of Damascus, and for            with the sword and has outraged his
four, I will not convert it, in so far       brother ‟s compassion, and he has
as they have threshed Gilead into            gone beyond his anger and has held
iron wagons.                                 onto his indignation until the end.
 4 And I will send fire onto the              12 I will send a fire onto Teman,
house of Hazael, and it will devour          and it will devour the buildings of
the houses of Ben-hadad.                     Bozrah.
 5 And I will shatter the crowbar of          13 Thus says the Lord: For three
Damascus, and I will destroy the i n-        wicked deeds of the sons of Ammon,
habitants of the camp of the idol            and for four, I will not convert him,
and the holder of the scepter of the         in so far as he has cut up the pre g-
house of pleasure; and the people of         nant women of Gilead, so as to e x-
Syria will be transferred to Cyrene,         pand his limits.
says the Lord.                                14 And I will ignite a fire on the
 6 Thus says the Lord: For three             wall of Rabbah. And it will devour
wicked deeds of Gaza, and for four,          its buildings, with wailing on the
I will not convert it, in so far as          day of war, and with a whirlwind on
they have carried out an excel lent          the day of commotion.
captivity, so as to enclose them in           15 And Melchom will go into cap-
Idumea.                                      tivity, he and his leaders together,
 7 And I will send a fire onto the           says the Lord.
wall of Gaza, and it will devour its
buildings.                                               CHAPTER 2
 8 And I will destroy the inhabitant          1 Thus says the Lord: For three
from Ashdod, and the holder of the           wicked deeds of Moab, and for four,
scepter of Ashkelon. And I will turn         I will not convert him, in so far as
my hand against Ekron, and the re-           he has burned the bones of the king
mainder of the Philistines will p e-         of Idumea, all the way to ashes.


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 2 And I will send a fire onto Moab,        Israel, says the Lord?
and it will devour the buil dings of         12 Yet you would offer wine to the
Kerioth. And Moab will die with a           Nazirites, and you would co mmand
noise, with the blare of a trumpet.         the prophets, saying: “Do not
 3 And I will destroy the judge in          prophesy.”
their midst, and I will execute all          13 Behold, I will creak under you,
his leaders with him, says the Lord.        just as a wagon creaks that is lad en
 4 Thus says the Lord: For three            with hay.
wicked deeds of Judah, and for four,         14 And flight will perish from the
I will not convert him, in so far as        swift, and the strong will not mai n-
he has rejected the law of the Lord         tain his strength, and the healthy
and has not kept his commandments.          will not save his life.
For their idols, which their fathers         15 And one holding the bow will
followed, have deceived them.               not stand firm, and the swift of foot
 5 And I will send a fire onto Judah,       will not be saved, and the rider on
and it will devour the buil dings of        the horse will not save his life.
Jerusalem.                                   16 And the stout of heart among the
 6 Thus says the Lord: For three            strong will flee away naked in that
wicked deeds of Israel, and for four,       day, says the Lord.
I will not convert him, in so far as
he has sold the just for silver and                      CHAPTER 3
the poor for shoes.                          1 Listen to the word which the Lord
 7 They grind the heads of the poor         has spoken about you, sons of
into the dust of the earth, and they        Israel, concerning the whole family
divert the way of the humble. And           that I led out of the lan d of Egypt,
the son, as well as his father, have        saying:
gone to the same girl, so that they          2 I have known only you in such a
outrage my holy name.                       way, out of all the families of the
 8 And they have lain on garments           earth. For this reason, I will visit
taken in pledge next to every altar.        upon you all your iniquities.
And they drank the wine of the               3 Will two walk together, unless
damned in the house of their God.           they have agreed to do so?
 9 Yet I exterminated the Amorites           4 Will a lion roar in the forest, u n-
before their face, whose height was         less he has prey? Will the lion‟s
like the height of cedars, and whose        young cry out from his den, unless
strength was like the oak. And I            he has taken something?
crushed his fruit from above and his         5 Will a bird fall into a snare on the
roots below.                                ground, if there is no bird -catcher?
 10 It is I who caused you to a scend       Will a snare be taken away from the
from the land of Egypt, and I led           ground, before it has caught som e-
you in the wilderness for forty             thing?
years, so that you might possess the         6 Will the trumpet sound in a city,
land of the Amorite.                        and the people not become frig h-
 11 And I stirred up prophets from          tened? Will there be disaster in a
your sons, and Nazirites from your          city, which the Lord has not done?
young men. Is it not so, sons of             7 For the Lord God does not fu lfill



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his word, unless he has revealed his           1 Listen to this word, you fat cows
secret to his servants the prop hets.         that are on the mountain of Samaria,
 8 The lion will roar, w ho will not          you who make false accus ations
fear? The Lord God has spoken, who            against the destitute and crush the
will not prophesy?                            poor, who say to your nobles,
 9 Let it be heard in the buildings of        “Bring, and we will drink.”
Ashdod and in the buildings of the             2 The Lord God has sworn in his
land of Egypt, and say: Gather t o-           holiness: behold, the days that will
gether across the mountains of S a-           overcome you and that will impale
maria, and see the many absurdities           you on poles, and that will place
in its midst, and those who are su f-         what remains of you in boiling pots.
fering false accusations in its inner          3 And you will go out through the
most places.                                  breaches, one over another, and you
 10 And they do not know how to               will be cast out into Harmon, says
make it right, says the Lord, storing         the Lord.
up iniquity and plunder in their               4 Come to Bethel and behave im-
buildings.                                    piously, to Gilgal and increase b e-
 11 Because of these things, thus             trayals. And bring daybreak to your
says the Lord God: The land will be           victims, your tithes in three days.
encircled and squeezed together.               5 And offer a sacrifice of praise
And your strength will be drawn               with leaven. And call for voluntary
away from you, and your buildings             oblations, and announce it. For such
will be torn apart.                           is your will, sons of Isr ael, says the
 12 Thus says the Lord: Just as if a          Lord God.
shepherd had rescued two legs from             6 Therefore, because of this, I have
the mouth of a lion, or the tip of an         given you dull teeth in every one of
ear, so also will the sons of Israel          your cities, and a lack of bread in
be rescued, who dwell in the sick             all your places. And you have not
bed of Samaria, and in the cot of             been turned back towards me, says
Damascus.                                     the Lord.
 13 Listen and give testimony in the           7 Therefore, I have withheld the
house of Jacob, says the Lord God             rains from you, when there were
of hosts:                                     still three months left until the
 14 that in the day, when I will b e-         harvest. And I rained on one city,
gin to visit the betrayals of Israel, I       and I did not rain on another city;
will visit upon him and upon the al-          one part was rained on, and the part
tars of Bethel. And the horns of the          on which I did not rain, dried out.
altars will be cut off and will fall to        8 And two and three cities went to
the ground.                                   one city, in order to drink water, and
 15 And I will strike the winter              they were not satisfied. And you did
house with the summer house; and              not return to me, says the Lord.
the houses of ivory will perish, and           9 I struck you with a burning wind
many buildings will be torn apart,            and with yellowing; the cate rpillar
says the Lord.                                has consumed your many ga rdens
                                              and your vineyards, your olive
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did not return to me, says the Lord.        into captivity, and Bethel will be
 10 I sent death to you by way of           useless.
Egypt; I struck your youths with the         6 Seek the Lord and live. Othe r-
sword, even bringing captivity to           wise, the house of Joseph may be
your horses. And I made the stench          destroyed with fire, and it will d e-
of your camp ascend into your n o-          vour, and there will be no one who
strils. And you did not return to me,       can extinguish Bethel.
says the Lord.                               7 You turn judgment into wor m-
 11 I overturned you, just as God           wood, and you abandon justice on
overturned Sodom and Gomorrah,              earth.
and you became like an ember                 8 The Maker of Arcturus and Orion,
seized from the fire. And you did           who turns darkness into da ybreak
not return to me, says the Lord.            and who changes day into night;
 12 Because of this, I will do these        who calls forth the waters of the sea
things to you, Israel. But after I          and who pours them out over the
have done these thin gs to you,             face of the earth: The Lord is his
Israel, be prepared to meet your            name.
God.                                         9 It is he who smiles destruction on
 13 For behold, he who forms the            the healthy, and who brings pi llag-
mountains and creates the wind and          ing upon the powerful.
announces his speech to man, who             10 They held hatred for the one
makes the morning mist and steps            who corrects at the gate, and they
over the heights of the earth: the          have abhorred the one who speaks
Lord God of hosts is his name.              perfectly.
                                             11 Therefore, on his behalf, b e-
             CHAPTER 5                      cause you have torn apart the poor
 1 Listen to this word, which I lift        and stolen choice prey from him:
over you in lamentation. The house          you will build houses with square
of Israel has fallen, and it will no        stones and you will not dwell in
longer rise again.                          them; you will plant the most d e-
 2 The virgin of Israel has been            lightful vineyards, and you wil l not
thrown onto her land, there is no           drink wine from them.
one who can raise her up.                    12 For I know your many wicked
 3 For thus says the Lord God: In           deeds and the strength of your sins,
the city from which a thousand d e-         you enemies of the just, accepting
parted, a hundred will remain, and          bribes, and depriving the poor at the
in that from which a hundred d e-           gate.
parted, ten will remain, in the house        13 Therefore, the prudent will be
of Israel.                                  silent at that time, for it is an evil
 4 For thus says the Lord to the            time.
house of Israel: Seek me and you             14 Seek good and not evil, so that
will live.                                  you may live. And the Lord God of
 5 But do not be willing to seek B e-       hosts will be with you, just as you
thel, and do not be willing to enter        have asked.
Gilgal, and you will not cross into          15 Hate evil and love good, and es-
Beer-sheba. For Gilgal will be led          tablish judgment at the gate. Pe r-



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haps then the Lord God of hosts               27 And I will cause you to go into
may have mercy on the remnant of             captivity across Damascus, says the
Joseph.                                      Lord. The God of hosts is his name.
 16 Therefore, thus says the Lord
God of hosts, the Sovereign: In all                        CHAPTER 6
the streets, there will be wailing.           1 Woe to you who have been weal-
And in every place where they are            thy in Zion, and to you who have
outdoors, they will say, “Woe,               confidence in the mountain of S a-
woe!” And they will call the farmer          maria: aristocrats, heads of the
to mourn, and those who know                 people, who advance with a retinue
mourning to lamentation.                     into the house of Israel.
 17 And in all the vineyards there            2 Cross over to Calneh and see, and
will be wailing. For I will cross            go from there into Hamath the great,
through your midst, says the Lord.           and descend into Gath of the Philis-
 18 Woe to those who desire the day          tines, and to the best kingdoms of
of the Lord. What is it to you? The          these, if their limits are wider than
day of the Lord is this: darkness and        your limits.
not light.                                    3 You have been set aside for the
 19 It is as if a man flees from the         day of disaster, and you approach
face of a lion, only to have a bear          the throne of iniquity.
meet him; or, he enters a house and           4 You sleep on beds of ivory, and
leans with his hand against the wall,        you are lustful on your couches. You
only to have a snake bite him.               devour lambs from the flock and
 20 Will not the day of the Lord be          calves from the midst of the herd.
darkness and not light, and gloom             5 You sing to the sound of stringed
with no brightness in it?                    instruments; they consider them-
 21 I hate and have rejected your            selves to have the musical abil ities
feasts; and I will not accept the odor       of David.
from your gatherings.                         6 You drink wine in bowls, and you
 22 For if you offer me holocausts           anoint with the best ointments; and
and your gifts, I will not receive           they suffer nothing over the grief of
them; and I will not look upon the           Joseph.
vows of your fatness.                         7 Because of this, now they will
 23 Take away from me the tumult             depart at the head of those who go
of your songs, and I will not listen         into captivity; and the faction of the
to the canticles of your lyre.               lustful will be removed.
 24 And judgment will be revealed             8 The Lord God has sworn by his
like water, and justice like a mighty        own soul, the Lord God of hosts
torrent.                                     says: I detest the arrogance of J a-
 25 Was it you who offered victims           cob, and I hate his houses, and I
and sacrifices to me in the desert for       will hand over the city with its i n-
forty years, house of Israel?                habitants.
 26And you carried a tab ernacle for          9 For if there were ten men remai n-
your Moloch and the image of your            ing in one house, even they will die.
idols: the star of your god, which            10 And his closest relative will
you made for yourselves.                     steal him away and will burn him,



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so that he may carry the bones out           Lord God called for judgment unto
of the house. And he will say to him         fire, and it devoured the manifold
that is in the inner most rooms of           abyss, and it consumed simult a-
the house, “Now is there any left            neously in every direction.
that still belongs to you?”                   5 And I said, “Lord God, cease, I
 11 And he will answer, “It is fi-           beg you. Who will raise up Jacob,
nished.” And he will say to him, “Be         for he is little?”
silent and do not call to mind the            6 The Lord has been merciful about
name of the Lord.”                           this. “And even this will not be,”
 12 For behold, the Lord has com-            said the Lord God.
manded, and he will strike the                7 These things the Lord revealed to
greater house with catastrophes, and         me. And behold, the Lord was stan d-
the lesser house with divisions.             ing near a plastered wall, and in his
 13 Can horses gallop across rocks,          hand was a mason‟s trowel.
or is anyone able to plough with g a-         8 And the Lord said to me, “What
zelles? For you have turned jud g-           do you see, Amos?” And I said, “A
ment into bitterness and the fruit of        mason‟s trowel.” And the Lord said,
justice into wormwood.                       “Behold, I will place the trowel in
 14 You rejoice in emptiness. You            the midst of my people Israel. I will
say, “Have we not, by our own                no longer plaster over them.
strength, taken horns for ou r-               9 And the heights of the idol will
selves?”                                     be demolished, and the sanctuaries
 15 For behold, house of Israel, I           of Israel will be desolate. And I will
will raise up a people over you, says        rise up against the house of Jer o-
the Lord God of hosts, and they will         boam with the sword.”
crush you from the entrance of H a-           10 And Amaziah, the priest of B e-
math all the way to the burning of           thel, sent to Jeroboam king of
the desert.                                  Israel, saying: “Amos has rebelled
                                             against you in the midst of the
              CHAPTER 7                      house of Israel. The land is not able
 1 These things the Lord God has             to withstand all his sermons.
revealed to me. And behold, the l o-          11 For Amos says this: „Jeroboam
cust was formed at the beginning of          will die by the sword, and Israel
the germination during the latter            will be taken captive out of their
rains, and behold, the latter rains          own land.‟ ”
came after the thundering of the              12 And Amaziah said to Amos,
king.                                        “You, seer, go out and fl ee into the
 2 And it happened, when they had            land of Judah, and eat bread there,
finally eaten all the grass in the           and prophesy there.
land, that I said, “Lord God, be gr a-        13 And in Bethel, do not prop hesy
cious, I beg you. Who will raise up          any longer, because it is the king‟s
Jacob, for he is little?”                    sanctuary, and it is the house of the
 3 The Lord has been merciful abou t         kingdom.”
this. “It will not be,” said the Lord.        14 And Amos responded, and he
 4 These things the Lord God has             said to Amasias, “I am not a prop h-
revealed to me. And behold, the              et, and I am not the son of a prop h-



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et, but I am a herdsman plucking              for a pair of shoes, and may sell
from wild fig trees.                          even the refuse of the grain?”
 15 And the Lord took me, when I               7 The Lord has sworn by the arrog-
was following the flock, and the              ance of Jacob: I will not forget,
Lord said to me, „Go, prophesy to             even to the end, all their works.
my people Israel.‟ ”                           8 Will not the earth shudder over
 16 And now, hear the word of the             this, and all its inhabitants mourn,
Lord: You say, “You will not proph-           and all rise up like a river, and be
esy about Israel, and you will not            cast out, and flow away like the ri v-
rain your words upon the house of             er of Egypt?
the idol.”                                     9 And it will be in that day, says
 17 Because of that, the Lord says            the Lord God, that the sun will d e-
this: “Your wife will fornicate in the        cline at midday, and I will cause the
city, and your sons and your daug h-          earth to become dark on the day of
ters will fall by the sword, and your         light.
soil will be measured with a string.           10 And I will turn your feasts into
And you will die on polluted land,            mourning, and all your hymns into
and Israel will be taken into captiv i-       lamentation. And I will put sac k-
ty out of their land.”                        cloth over every one of your backs,
                                              and baldness on every head. And I
             CHAPTER 8                        will begin it like the mourning for
 1 These things the Lord has r e-             an only-begotten son, and complete
vealed to me. And behold, a hook to           it like a bitter day.
draw down fruit.                               11 Behold, the days pass, says the
 2 And he said, “What do you see,             Lord, and I will send a famine on
Amos?” And I said, “A hook to draw            the earth: not a famine of bread, nor
down fruit.” And the Lord said to             of thirst for water, but for hearing
me, “The end has come for my                  the word of the Lord.
people Israel. I will no longer pass           12 And they will move even from
through them.”                                sea to sea, and from the North all
 3 And the hinges of the temple will          the way to the East. They will
creak in that day, says the Lord              wander around seeking the word of
God. Many will die. Silence will be           the Lord, and they will not find it.
thrown away in all places.                     13 In that day, beautiful virgins,
 4 Hear this, you who crush the poor          and young men, will fail because of
and who make those in need of land            thirst.
to do without.                                 14 They swear by the offense of
 5 You say, “When will the first day          Samaria, and they say, “As your
of the month be over, so we can sell          God lives, Dan,” and “The way of
our wares, and the sabbath, so we             Beer-sheba lives.” And they will
can open the grain: in order that we          fall, and they will not rise up any
may decrease the measure, and i n-            more.
crease the price, and substitute d e-
ceitful scales,                                           CHAPTER 9
 6 in order that we may possess the            1 I saw the Lord standing over an
destitute with money, and the poor            altar, and he said: “Strike the



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hinges, and let the lintels be shaken.       will wipe it from the face of the
For there is avarice at the head of          earth. Though truly, when destro y-
them all, and I will execute the very        ing, I will not wipe away the house
last of them with the sword. There           of Jacob, says the Lord.
will be no escape for them. They              9 For behold, I will command, and
will flee, and he who flees from             I will sift the house of Israel among
among them will not be saved.                all the nations, as wheat is sifted in
 2 If they descend even to the u n-          a sieve. And not even one small
derworld, from there my hand will            stone will fall to the ground.
draw them out; and if they ascend             10 All the sinners of my people
even to the sky, from there will I           will die by the sword. They say,
pull them down.                              “Disaster will not come near us, and
 3 And if they were hiding at the top        it will not overcome us.”
of Carmel, when searching there, I            11 In that day, I will raise up the
would steal them away, and if they           tabernacle of David, which is fallen.
conceal themselves from my eyes in           And I will repair the breaches in its
the depths of the sea, I will co m-          walls, and I will restore that which
mand the serpent there and he will           collapsed. And I will rebuild it, just
bite them.                                   as in the days of antiquity,
 4 And if they go into captivity in           12 so that they may possess the
the sight of their enemies, there I          remnant of Idumea and all the n a-
will command the sword, and it will          tions, for my name has been invoked
kill them. And I will set my eyes            over them, says the Lord who does
over them for harm and not for               this.
good.”                                        13 Behold, the days pass, says the
 5 And the Lord God of hosts, he             Lord, and the plower will overtake
touches the earth and it will melt.          the harvester, and the treader of
And all who dwell in it will mourn.          grapes will overtake the sower of
And everyone will rise up like a             seed. And the mountains will drip
river, and will flow away like the           sweetness, and every hill will be
river of Egypt.                              cultivated.
 6 He establishes his ascension into          14 And I will turn back the ca ptivi-
heaven, and he has founded his bu n-         ty of my people Israel. And they
dle on the earth. He calls the w aters       will rebuild the deserted citi es and
of the ocean, and pours them over            inhabit them. And they will plant
the face of the earth. The Lord is his       vineyards and drink their wine. And
name.                                        they will create gardens and eat
 7 Sons of Israel, are you not like          their fruits.
the sons of the Ethiopians to me,             15 And I will plant them on their
says the Lord? Did I not cause               own soil. And I will no longer root
Israel to rise up out of the land of         them out of their own land, which I
Egypt, and the Philistines out of            have given them, says the Lord your
Cappadocia, and the Syrians out of           God.
Cyrene?
 8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord God
are on the sinning kingdom, and I



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