Amos 1-9 New Living Translation (NLT)
1 This message was given to Amos, a shepherd from the town of Tekoa in Judah. He received this message in visions two years before the earthquake, when Uzziah was king of Judah and Jeroboam II, the son of Jehoash,[a] was king of Israel.
2 This is what he saw and heard:
“The Lord’s voice will roar from Zion
God’s Judgment on Israel’s Neighbors
3 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Damascus have sinned again and again,[b]
6 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Gaza have sinned again and again,
9 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Tyre have sinned again and again,
11 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Edom have sinned again and again,
13 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Ammon have sinned again and again,
2 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Moab have sinned again and again,[d]
God’s Judgment on Judah and Israel
4 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Judah have sinned again and again,
6 This is what the Lord says:
“The people of Israel have sinned again and again,
9 “But as my people watched,
13 “So I will make you groan
3 Listen to this message that the Lord has spoken against you, O people of Israel—against the entire family I rescued from Egypt:
2 “From among all the families on the earth,
Witnesses against Guilty Israel
3 Can two people walk together
7 Indeed, the Sovereign Lord never does anything
8 The lion has roared—
10 “My people have forgotten how to do right,”
12 This is what the Lord says:
“A shepherd who tries to rescue a sheep from a lion’s mouth
13 “Now listen to this, and announce it throughout all Israel,[h]” says the Lord, the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
14 “On the very day I punish Israel for its sins,
Israel’s Failure to Learn
4 Listen to me, you fat cows[i]
4 “Go ahead and offer sacrifices to the idols at Bethel.
6 “I brought hunger to every city
7 “I kept the rain from falling
9 “I struck your farms and vineyards with blight and mildew.
10 “I sent plagues on you
11 “I destroyed some of your cities,
12 “Therefore, I will bring upon you all the disasters I have announced.
13 For the Lord is the one who shaped the mountains,
A Call to Repentance
5 Listen, you people of Israel! Listen to this funeral song I am singing:
2 “The virgin Israel has fallen,
3 The Sovereign Lord says:
“When a city sends a thousand men to battle,
4 Now this is what the Lord says to the family of Israel:
“Come back to me and live!
8 It is the Lord who created the stars,
10 How you hate honest judges!
14 Do what is good and run from evil
16 Therefore, this is what the Lord, the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, says:
“There will be crying in all the public squares
Warning of Coming Judgment
18 What sorrow awaits you who say,
21 “I hate all your show and pretense—
25 “Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, Israel? 26 No, you served your pagan gods—Sakkuth your king god and Kaiwan your star god—the images you made for yourselves. 27 So I will send you into exile, to a land east of Damascus,[o]” says the Lord, whose name is the God of Heaven’s Armies.
6 What sorrow awaits you who lounge in luxury in Jerusalem,[p]
8 The Sovereign Lord has sworn by his own name, and this is what he, the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, says:
“I despise the arrogance of Israel,[r]
9 (If there are ten men left in one house, they will all die. 10 And when a relative who is responsible to dispose of the dead[s] goes into the house to carry out the bodies, he will ask the last survivor, “Is anyone else with you?” When the person begins to swear, “No, by . . . ,” he will interrupt and say, “Stop! Don’t even mention the name of the Lord.”)
11 When the Lord gives the command,
12 Can horses gallop over boulders?
14 “O people of Israel, I am about to bring an enemy nation against you,”
A Vision of Locusts
7 The Sovereign Lord showed me a vision. I saw him preparing to send a vast swarm of locusts over the land. This was after the king’s share had been harvested from the fields and as the main crop was coming up. 2 In my vision the locusts ate every green plant in sight. Then I said, “O Sovereign Lord, please forgive us or we will not survive, for Israel[v] is so small.”
3 So the Lord relented from this plan. “I will not do it,” he said.
A Vision of Fire
4 Then the Sovereign Lord showed me another vision. I saw him preparing to punish his people with a great fire. The fire had burned up the depths of the sea and was devouring the entire land. 5 Then I said, “O Sovereign Lord, please stop or we will not survive, for Israel is so small.”
6 Then the Lord relented from this plan, too. “I will not do that either,” said the Sovereign Lord.
A Vision of a Plumb Line
7 Then he showed me another vision. I saw the Lord standing beside a wall that had been built using a plumb line. He was using a plumb line to see if it was still straight. 8 And the Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”
I answered, “A plumb line.”
And the Lord replied, “I will test my people with this plumb line. I will no longer ignore all their sins. 9 The pagan shrines of your ancestors[w] will be ruined, and the temples of Israel will be destroyed; I will bring the dynasty of King Jeroboam to a sudden end.”
Amos and Amaziah
10 Then Amaziah, the priest of Bethel, sent a message to Jeroboam, king of Israel: “Amos is hatching a plot against you right here on your very doorstep! What he is saying is intolerable. 11 He is saying, ‘Jeroboam will soon be killed, and the people of Israel will be sent away into exile.’”
12 Then Amaziah sent orders to Amos: “Get out of here, you prophet! Go on back to the land of Judah, and earn your living by prophesying there! 13 Don’t bother us with your prophecies here in Bethel. This is the king’s sanctuary and the national place of worship!”
14 But Amos replied, “I’m not a professional prophet, and I was never trained to be one.[x] I’m just a shepherd, and I take care of sycamore-fig trees. 15 But the Lord called me away from my flock and told me, ‘Go and prophesy to my people in Israel.’ 16 Now then, listen to this message from the Lord:
A Vision of Ripe Fruit
8 Then the Sovereign Lord showed me another vision. In it I saw a basket filled with ripe fruit. 2 “What do you see, Amos?” he asked.
I replied, “A basket full of ripe fruit.”
Then the Lord said, “Like this fruit, Israel is ripe for punishment! I will not delay their punishment again. 3 In that day the singing in the temple will turn to wailing. Dead bodies will be scattered everywhere. They will be carried out of the city in silence. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”
4 Listen to this, you who rob the poor
7 Now the Lord has sworn this oath
9 “In that day,” says the Sovereign Lord,
11 “The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord,
A Vision of God at the Altar
9 Then I saw a vision of the Lord standing beside the altar. He said,
“Strike the tops of the Temple columns,
2 “Even if they dig down to the place of the dead,[ad]
5 The Lord, the Lord of Heaven’s Armies,
8 “I, the Sovereign Lord,
A Promise of Restoration
11 “In that day I will restore the fallen house[ah] of David.
13 “The time will come,” says the Lord,
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