King James VersionAmos5


1 Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamen­ta­tion, O house of Is­rael. 2 The vir­gin of Is­rael is fall­en; she shall no more rise: she is for­sak­en upon her land; there is none to raise her up. 3 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thou­sand shall leave an hun­dred, and that which went forth by an hun­dred shall leave ten, to the house of Is­rael. 4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Is­rael, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: 5 But seek not Bethel, nor en­ter into Gil­gal, and pass not to Beer­she­ba: for Gil­gal shall sure­ly go into cap­tiv­i­ty, and Bethel shall come to nought. 6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and de­vour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. 7 Ye who turn judg­ment to worm­wood, and leave off righ­teous­ness in the earth, 8 Seek him that maketh the sev­en stars and Ori­on, and tur­neth the shad­ow of death into the morn­ing, and maketh the day dark with night: that cal­leth for the wa­ters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name: 9 That strength­eneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. 10 They hate him that re­buketh in the gate, and they ab­hor him that speaketh up­right­ly. 11 Foras­much there­fore as your tread­ing is upon the poor, and ye take from him bur­dens of wheat: ye have built hous­es of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have plant­ed pleas­ant vine­yards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. 12 For I know your man­i­fold trans­gres­sions and your mighty sins: they af­flict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right. 13 There­fore the pru­dent shall keep si­lence in that time; for it is an evil time. 14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spo­ken. 15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and es­tab­lish judg­ment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gra­cious unto the rem­nant of Joseph. 16 There­fore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wail­ing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the high­ways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the hus­band­man to mourn­ing, and such as are skil­ful of lamen­ta­tion to wail­ing. 17 And in all vine­yards shall be wail­ing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. 18 Woe unto you that de­sire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is dark­ness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a li­on, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a ser­pent bit him. 20 Shall not the day of the LORD be dark­ness, and not light? even very dark, and no bright­ness in it? 21 I hate, I de­spise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn as­sem­blies. 22 Though ye of­fer me burnt of­fer­ings and your meat of­fer­ings, I will not ac­cept them: nei­ther will I re­gard the peace of­fer­ings of your fat beasts. 23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy vi­o­ls. 24 But let judg­ment run down as wa­ters, and righ­teous­ness as a mighty stream. 25 Have ye of­fered unto me sac­ri­fices and of­fer­ings in the wilder­ness forty years, O house of Is­rael? 26 But ye have borne the taber­na­cle of your Moloch and Chi­un your im­ages, the star of your god, which ye made to your­selves. 27 There­fore will I cause you to go into cap­tiv­i­ty be­yond Dam­as­cus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.