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708 God's judgments upon Syria, AMOS.

Edom, and Ammon. 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley 18 9 And it shall come to pass in that of decision : for the day of the LORD is day, that the mountains shall drop down near in the valley of decision.

new wine, and the hills shall flow with 15 The sun and the moon shall be dark- milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow ened, and the stars shall withdraw their with waters, and a fountain shall come shining:

forth of the house of the LORD, and shall 16 The Lord also shall roar out of Zi- water the valley of Shittim. on, and utter his voice from Jerusalem ; 19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Eand the heavens and the earth shall shake: dom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the but the LORD will be the hope of his violence against the children of Judah, people, and the strength of the children because they have shed innocent blood in of Israel

their land. 17 So shall ve know that I am the LORD 20 But Judah shall dwell for ever, and your God dwelling in Zion, my holy | Jerusalem from generation to generation. mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, 21 For I will cleanse their blood that I and there shall no strangers pass through have not cleansed: for the LORD dwellher any more.

eth in Zion.


of: because they delivered up the whole 1 God's judgments upon Syria, 6 the captivity to Edoin, and remembered not

Philistines, 9 Tyrus, 11 Edom, 13 and the brotherly covenant:

10 But I will send a fire on the wall of THE "HE words of Amos, who was among Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces

the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw thereof. concerning Israel in the davs of Uzziah 11 9 Thus saith the Lord; for three king of Judah, and in the days of Jero- | transgressions of Edom, and for four, I bom the son of Jiash king of Israel, two will not turn away the punishment thereyears before the earthquake.

of: because he did pursue his brother 2 And he said, the Lord will roar from | with the sword, and did cast off all pity, Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; || and his anger did tear perpetually, and and the habitations of the shepherds shall kept his wrath for ever: mour, and the top of Carmel shall wither. 12 But I will send a fire upon Teman,

3 Thus saith the Lord; For three trans- which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah. gressions of Damascus, and for four, I will 13 ( Thus saith the LORD ; For three not turn away the punishment thereof; li transgressions of the children of Ammon, because they have threshed Gilead with and for four, I will not turn away the punthreshing instruments of iron :

ishment thereof: because they have rip4 But I will send a fire into the house ped up the women with child of Gilead, of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces that they might enlarge their border: of Ben-hadad.

14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall 5 I will break also the bar of Damas- of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palcus, and cut off the inhabitant from the aces thereof, with shouting in the day of plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the battle, with a tempest in the day of the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the whirlwind : people of Syria shall go into captivity un- 15 And their king shall go into captivto Kir, saith the LORD.

ity, he and his princes together, saith the 69 Thus saith the LORD; For three LORD. transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will

CHAP. II. not turn away the punishment thereof: be- 1 God's surath avainst Moab, 4 Judah, cause they carried away captive the whole 6 and Israel. 9 God comfiluineth of his captivity, to deliver them up to Edom : people's unthankfulness.

Ź But I will send a fire on the wall of HUS saith the LORD; For three Gaza which shall devour the palaces transgressions of Moth, and for four, thereof :

I will not turn away the punishment 8 And I will cut off the inhabitant thereof; because he burnell the bones of from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the || the king of Edom into lime: sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn 2 But I wiil send a fire upon Moab, and mine hand against Ekron: and the rem- it shall devour the palaces of Kirioch: and nant of the Philistines shall perish, saith Moab shall die with tumult, with shoutthe Lord Gop.

ing, and with the sund of the trumpet : 99 Thus saith the LORD; For three 3 And I will cut off the judge from the transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I midst thereof, and will slay all the princes will not turn away the punishment there is thereof with lim, saith the Lord.

God's wrath against Israel. CHAP. III, iv. His judgment ageinst him. 709

4 ? Thus saith the LORD; For three 4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when transgressions of Judah, and for four, I he hath no prey? will a young lion cry will not turn away the punishment there- out of his den, if he hath taken nothing? of : because they have despised the law of 5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the the LORD, and have not kept his com- earth, where no gin is for him? shall one mandments, and their lies caused them to take up a snare from the earth, and have err, after the which their fathers have taken nothing at all? walked :

6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, 5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and and the people not be afraid ? shall there it shall clevour the palaces of Jerusalem. be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not

6. Thus saith the LORD ; For three clone it? transgressions of Israel, and for four, I 7 Surely the Lord God will do nothwill not turn away the punishment there ing, but he revealeth his secret unto his of ; because they sold the righteous for servants the prophets. silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes ; 8 The lion hath roared, who will not

7 Thit pant after the dust of the earth fear? the Lord God hati spoken, who on the head of the poor, and turn aside can but prophesy? the way of the meek: and a man and his 9 9 Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, father will go in unto the same maid, to and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, profane my holy name :

and say, Assemble yourselves upon the 8 And they lay themselves down upon mountains of Sumaria, and behold the clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and great tumults in the midst thereof, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the oppressed in the midst thereot. the house of their god.

10 For they know not to do right, saith 9 1 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before the LOUD, who store up violence and robthem, whose height was like the height bery in their palaces. of the cedars, and he was strong as the 11 Therefore thus saith the Lord God; oaks ; yet I destroyed his fruit from a- An adversary there shail be even round bove, and his roots from beneath.

about the land ; and he shall bring down 10 Also I brought you up from the thy strength from thee, and thy palaces land of Egypt, and led you forty years shall be spoiled. through the wilderness, to possess the land 12 Thus saith the Lord: As the shepof the Amorite.

herd taketh out of the mouth of the lion 11 And I raised up of your sons for two legs, or a piece of an ear ; so shall prophers, and of your young men for the children of Israel be taken out that Nazarites. Is it not even thus, () ye | dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, children of Israel ? saith the LORD. and in Damascus in a couch.

12 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to 13 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jadrink ; and commanded the prophets, coh, saith the Lord God, the God of hosts, saying, Prophesy not.

14 That in the day that I shall visit the 13 Behold, I am pressed under you, as transgressions of Israel upon him I will ' a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves. also visit the altars of Beth-el: and the

14. Therefore the flight shall perish from horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall the swift, and the strong shall not strength- i to the ground. en his force, neither shall the mighty de- 15 And I will smite the winter-house liver himself:

with the summer-house ; and the houses 15 Neither shall he stand that handleth of ivory shall perish, and the great houses the bow; and he that is swift of foot shali | shall have an end, saith the LORD. not deliver himself: neither shall he that

CHAP. IV. rideth the horse deliver himself.

1 Ile roop rozeth Israel for oppression, 4 16 And he that is courageous among

for iddiatry, 6 and for their incorrigthe mighty shall flee away naked in that ibleness. day, saith the Lord.


that are in the mountain of Samaria, 1 The necessity of God's judgment a- which oppress the poor, which crush the

gainst Israel : 9 The priblication and needy, whichi say to their masters, Bring, causes of it.

and let us drivk. HE

EAR this word that the Lord hath 2 The Lord God hath sworn by his

spoken against you, O children of Is- holiness, that lo, the days shall come uprael, against the whole family which I on you that he will take you away with brought up from the land of Egypt, saying, hooks, and you!" posterity with fishi-hooks.

2 You only have I known of all the 3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, families of the earth : therefore I will every cow at that which is before her ; punish you for all your iniquities.

and ye shall cast them into the palace, 3 Can two walk together, except they saith the LORD. be agreed ?

49 Conie tu Beth-el and transgress; at 710 Israel refiroved for idolatry. AMOS. An exhortation to repentance. Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring 5 But seek not Beth-el, nor enter into your sacrifices every morning, and your Gilgal, and pass not to Beer-sheba : for tithes after three years :

Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and 5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving Beth-el shall come to nought. with leaven, and proclaim

and publish the 6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live ; free-offerings : for this liketh you, O ye lest he break out like fire in the house of children of Israel, saith the Lord God. Joseph, and devour it, and there be none

6 And I also have given you cleanness to quench it in Beth-el. of teeth in all your cities, and want of 7 Ye who turn judgment

wormbread in all your places : yet have ye not wood, and leave off righteousness in the returned unto me, saith the LORD. earth,

7 And also I have withholden the rain 8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars from you, when there were yet three and Orion, and turneth the shadow of months to the harvest : and I caused it death into the morning, and maketh the to rain upon one city, and caused it not day dark with night : that calleth for the to rain upon another city: one piece was waters of the sea, and poureth them out rained upon, and the piece whereupon it upon the face of the earth: The LORD rained not withered.

is his name: 8 So two or three cities wandered unto 9 That strengtheneth the spoil against one city, to drink water ; but they were the strong, so that the spoiled shall come not satisfied : yet have ye not returned against the fortress. unto me, saith the LORD.

10 They hate him that rebuketh in the 9 I have smitten you with blasting and gate, and they abhor him that speaketh mildew : when your gardens and your uprightly. vineyards and your fig-trees and your 11 Forasmuch therefore as your treadolive-trees increased, the palmer-worm ing is upon the poor, and ye take from him devoured them : yet have ye not return- burdens of wheat : ye have built houses ed unto me, saith the LORD.

of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in 10 I have sent among you the pesti- | them ; ye have planted pleasant vinelence after the manner of Egypt : your yards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. young men have I slain with the sword, 12 For I know your manifold transgres and have taken away your horses ; and I sions and your mighty sins : they alrict have made the stink of your camps to the just, they take a bribe, and they turn come up unto your nostrils : yet have ye | aside the poor in the gate from their right. not returned unto me, saith the Lord. 13 Therefore the prudent shall keep

11 I have overthrown some of you, as silence in that time ; for it is an evil time. God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, 14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may and ye were as a fire-brand plucked out live : and so the LORD, the God of hosts, of the burning: yet have ye not returned shall be with you, as ye have spoken. unto me, saith the Lord.

15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and 12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, establish judgment in the gate : it may be

Israel : and because I will do this unto that the LORD God of hosts will be grathee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel. cious unto the remnant of Joseph.

13 For lo, he that formeth the mountains, 16 Therefore the Lord, the God of and createth the wind, and declareth un- || hosts, the Lord, saith thųs; Wailing shall to man what is his thought, that mak- bein all streets; and they shall say in all the eth the morning darkness, and treadeth highways, Alas! alas ! and they shall call upon the high places of the earth, The the husbandman to mourning, and such LORD, The God of hosts, is his name. as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. CHAP. V.

17 And in all vineyards shall be wail1 A lamentation for Israel. 4 An exhor- ing : for I will pass through thee, saith

tation to repentance. 21 God rejectelh the LORD. their hypocritical service,

18 Woe unto you that desire the day against you, even a lamentation, the day of the LORD is darkness, and not house of Israel.

light. 2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon a bear met him ; or went into the house, lier land ; there is none to raise her up. and leaned his hand on the wall, and a

3 For thus saith the Lord God; The serpent bit him. city that went out by a thousand shall 20 Shall not the day of the LORD be leave an hundred, and that which went darkness, and not light? even very dark, forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the || and no brightness in it? house of Israel,

21 | I hate, I despise your feast days, and 4 For thus saitha the Lord unto the I will not smell in your solemn assemblies, house of Israel, Seek yeme,andye shalllive: 22 Though ye offer me burnt-offerings

up !



Israel's hypocrisy rejected. CHAP. VI, VII. Their incorrigibleness. 711 and your meat offerings, I will not accept | breaches, and the little house with clefts. them: neither witl I regard the peace-of- 12 Shall horses run upon the rock? ferings of your fat neasts.

will one plow there with oxen? for ye 23 Take thou away from me the noise have turned judgment into gall, and the of thy songs; for I will not hear the mel-fruit of righteousness into hemlock: oly of ihy viols.

13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of 24 But let judgment run down as wa- nought, which say, Have we not taken ters, and righteousness as a mighty us horns by our own strength?

25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices 14 Bat behold, I will raise up against and offerings in the wilderness forty years, Lord the God of hosts ; and they shall

you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the U house of Israel?

26 But ye have borne the tabernacle affict you from the entering in of Haof your Moloch and Chiun your images, math unto the river of the wilderness. the star of your god, which ye made to

CHAP. VII. 1 The

judgments of the grasshoppers, 4 27 Therefore will I cause you to go into and of the fere, are diverted by the pray-, captivity beyond Damascus, saith the er of Amos. 10 Amaziah's judgment. LADRID , whose name is The God of hosts. Timeshanba

thehold, he formed CHAP. VI.

grass1 The wantonness of Israel, 7 shall be hoppers in the beginning of the shooting up

plagued with desolation. 12 Their of the latter growth; and lo, it was the incorrigibleness.

latter growth after the king's mowings. to them that are at ease in 2 And it came to pass, that when they

Zion, and trust in the mountain of had made an end of eating the grass of Samaria, qvhich are named chief of the na- the land, then I said, O Lord God, fortions, to whom the house of Israel came! give, I beseech thee : by whom shall Ja2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and cob arise for he is small

. from thence go ye to Hamath the great : 3 The Lord repented for this : It shall then go down to Gath of the Philistines : not be, saith the LORD. be they better than these kingdoms? or 4 9 Thus hath the Lord God shewed their border greater than your border? unto me: and behold, the Lord God

3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and called to contend by fire, and it devoured cause the seat of violence to come near; the great deep, and did eat up a part.

4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and 5 Then sail I, O Lord God, cease, I stretch themselves upon their couches, beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? and eat the lambs out of the flock, and for he is small. the calves out of the midst of the stall ; 6 The Lord repented for this : This

5 That chant to the sound of the viol, | also shall not be, saith the Lord God. and invent to themselves instruments of 7 Thus he shewed me: and behold, musick, like David;

the Lord stood upon a wall made by a 6 That drink wine in bowls, and plumb-line, with a plumb-line in his hand. ments : but they are not grieved for the what seest thou ? and I said, A plumbaffliction of Joseph.

line. Then said the Lord, Behold, I 7 'Therefore now shall they go cap- will set a plumb-line in the midst of my tive with the first that go captive, and people Israel : I will not again pass by the banquet of them that stretched them- them any more: selves shall be removed.

9 And the high places of Isaac shall be 8 The Lord God hath sworn by him- | desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall self, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I be laid waste; and I will rise against the abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate house of Jeroboam with the sword. his palaces: therefore will I deliver up 10 'Then Amaziah the priest of Beththe city with all that is therein.

el sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, 9 And it shall come to pass, if there | Amos hatha conspired against thee in the remain ten men in one house, that they midst of the house of Israel: the land is shall die.

not able to bear all his words. 10 And a man's uncle shall take him 11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall up, and he that burneth him, to bring die by the sword, and Israel shall surely out the bones out of the house, and shall be led away captive out of their own land. say unto him that is by the sides of the 12 Also, Amaziah said unto Amos, () house, Is there yet any with thee? and thou seer, go flee thee away into the he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold land of Judah, and there eat bread, and thy tongue : for we may not make men- prophesy there: tion of the name of the LORD.

13 But prophesy not again any more 11 Før behold, the Lord commandeth, at Beth-el: for it is the king's chapel, and he will smite the great house with and it is the king's court.

72 Israel's end typified.

AMOS. The certainty of desolation. 14 ? Then answered Amos, and said to Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither was the land, not a famine of bread, nor a I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, thirst for water, but of hearing the words and a gatherer of sycamore fruit.

of the LORD : 15 And the Lord took me as I fol- 12 And they shall wander from sea to lowed the flock, and the LORD said unto sea, and from the north even to the me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel. east, they shall run to and fro to seek the

16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD, and shall not find it. word of the LORD : Thou sayest, Proph- 13 In that day shall the fair virgins and esy not against Israel, and drop not thy young men faint for thirst. word against the house of Isaac.

14 They that swcar by the sin of Sa. 17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; || maria, and say, Thy god, o Dan, liveth ; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city, and, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth; eand thy sons and thy daughters shall fall ven they shall fall, and never rise up again. by the sword, and thy land shall be di

CHAP. IX. vided by line: and thou shalt die in a 1 The certainty of the desolation. 11 The polluted land : and Israel shall surely go restoring of the tabernacle of David. into captivity forth of his land.


tar : and he said, Smite the lintel of 1 By a basket of summer fruit is shewed the door, that the posts may shake: and

Isracl's end. 4 Oppression reprozed. cut them in the head, all of them; and 11 A famine of the word threatened. I will slay the last of them with the THUS

'HÜS hath the Lord GOD shewed sword: he that fleeth of them shall not

unto me: and behold a basket of flee away, and he that escapeth of them summer fruit.

shall not be delivered. 2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou ? 2 Though they dig into hell, thence And I said, A basket of summer fruit. shall wine hand izke them; though they Then said the LORD unto me, The end | climb up to heaven, thence will I bring is come upon my people of Israel; I will them down: not again pass by them any more.

3 And though they hide themselves in 3 And the songs of the temple shall the top of Carmel, I will search and take he howlings in that day, saith the Lord them out thence; and though they he Gop: there shall be many dead bodlies hid from my sigh in the bottom of the in every place; they shall cast them forth sea, thence will I command the serpent with silence.

and he shall bite them: 4 Hear this, ye that swallow up 4 And though they go into captivity the needy, even to make the poor of the il before their enemies, thence will I comland to fail,

mand the sword, and it shall slay them: 5 Saying, When will the new moon be and I will set mine eyes upon them for gon that we may sell corn? and the sa') ||evil, and not for great. bath, that we may set forth wheat, mak- 5 And the Lord God of hosts is he that ing the ephah small

, and the shekelgreat, coucheth the land, and it shali melt, and and falsifying the balances by deceit? all that dwell therein shall mourn : and it

6 Thai we may buy the poor for silver, i shall rise up wholy like a flood; and shall and the needy for a pair of shoes ; yta, i be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. and sell the refuse of the wheat?

6 It is he that buildetli his stories in the 7 The Lord hath sworn by the excel- | heaven, and hath founded his troop in the Jency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget eartis; lie that calleth for the waters of any of their works.

the sea, and poureth them out upon the & Shall vot the land tremble for this, face of the earth: the LORD is his name. and every one mourn that dwelleth there- 7 Are ye nctas children of the Ethiopiin? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood: ans unto me, O children of Israel? saidi aud it shall be cast out and drowned, as the Lord. Hare not I brought up Israel by the flood of Egypt.

out of the land of Egypt? and the Plui9 And it shall c me to pass in that day, | istines from Caphor, and the Assyrians s:uth the Lord Gon, that I will cause the from Kir? sun to go down at noon, and I will dark- 8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are en the earth in the clear day:

upon the sinful kingdom, and I will de10 And I will turn your feasts into stroy it from off the face of the earth; mourning, and all your songs into lamen- saving that I will not utterly destroy the tatim; and I will bring up sackcloth up- house of Jacob, slith the Lord. on allloins, and baldness upon every head; 9 For lo, I will command, and I will and I will make it as the mourning of ift the house of Israel among all nations, an only son, and the end thereof as a like as corn is sifted in a siere, yet shall bitter day.

not the least grain fail upon the earth. al Behold, the days come, saith the 10 All the sinners of my people shall

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