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The King James Bible


Book 30    Amos
001:001 The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which
        he saw concerning Israel in the days of Uzziah king of Judah,
        and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel,
        two years before the earthquake.
001:002 And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice
        from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall
        mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
001:003 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and
        for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because
        they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:
001:004 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall
        devour the palaces of Benhadad.
001:005 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the
        inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the
        sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall
        go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.
001:006 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for
        four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because
        they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them
        up to Edom:
001:007 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour
        the palaces thereof:
001:008 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that
        holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand
        against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall
        perish, saith the Lord GOD.
001:009 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and
        for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because
        they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered
        not the brotherly covenant:
001:010 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall
        devour the palaces thereof.
001:011 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for
        four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he
        did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all
        pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his
        wrath for ever:
001:012 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the
        palaces of Bozrah.
001:013 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children
        of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment
        thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of
        Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:
001:014 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall
        devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of
        battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:
001:015 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes
        together, saith the LORD.
002:001 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for
        four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he
        burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:
002:002 But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the
        palaces of Kirioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with
        shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet:
002:003 And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will
        slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD.
002:004 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and
        for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because
        they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his
        commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the
        which their fathers have walked:
002:005 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the
        palaces of Jerusalem.
002:006 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and
        for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because
        they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of
        shoes;
002:007 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor,
        and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father
        will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:
002:008 And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by
        every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the
        house of their god.
002:009 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like
        the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I
        destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
002:010 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you
        forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the
        Amorite.
002:011 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young
        men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of
        Israel? saith the LORD.
002:012 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the
        prophets, saying, Prophesy not.
002:013 Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is
        full of sheaves.
002:014 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the
        strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the
        mighty deliver himself:
002:015 Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and he that is
        swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that
        rideth the horse deliver himself.
002:016 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away
        naked in that day, saith the LORD.
003:001 Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O
        children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought
        up from the land of Egypt, saying,
003:002 You only have I known of all the families of the earth:
        therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
003:003 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
003:004 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a
        young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?
003:005 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for
        him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken
        nothing at all?
003:006 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be
        afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not
        done it?
003:007 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his
        secret unto his servants the prophets.
003:008 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath
        spoken, who can but prophesy?
003:009 Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the
        land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains
        of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof,
        and the oppressed in the midst thereof.
003:010 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up
        violence and robbery in their palaces.
003:011 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be
        even round about the land; and he shall bring down thy
        strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.
003:012 Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth
        of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear; so shall the
        children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the
        corner of a bed, and in Damascus in a couch.
003:013 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord
        GOD, the God of hosts,
003:014 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of
        Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and
        the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the
        ground.
003:015 And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and
        the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall
        have an end, saith the LORD.
004:001 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of
        Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which
        say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.
004:002 The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days
        shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks,
        and your posterity with fishhooks.
004:003 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which
        is before her; and ye shall cast them into the palace, saith
        the LORD.
004:004 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply
        transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and
        your tithes after three years:
004:005 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and
        proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you,
        O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
004:006 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your
        cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not
        returned unto me, saith the LORD.
004:007 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were
        yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon
        one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one
        piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not
        withered.
004:008 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water;
        but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me,
        saith the LORD.
004:009 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens
        and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees
        increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not
        returned unto me, saith the LORD.
004:010 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of
        Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have
        taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your
        camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned
        unto me, saith the LORD.
004:011 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and
        Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the
        burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
004:012 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I
        will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
004:013 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind,
        and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the
        morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the
        earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.
005:001 Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a
        lamentation, O house of Israel.
005:002 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is
        forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up.
005:003 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.
005:004 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me,
        and ye shall live:
005:005 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.
005:006 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.
005:007 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness
        in the earth,
005:008 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:
005:009 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the
        spoiled shall come against the fortress.
005:010 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him
        that speaketh uprightly.
005:011 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.
005:012 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.
005:013 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it
        is an evil time.
005:014 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.
005:015 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.
005:016 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.
005:017 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through
        thee, saith the LORD.
005:018 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.
005:019 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.
005:020 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even
        very dark, and no brightness in it?
005:021 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in
        your solemn assemblies.
005:022 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.
005:023 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not
        hear the melody of thy viols.
005:024 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a
        mighty stream.
005:025 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the
        wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
005:026 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your
        images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
005:027 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond
        Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.
006:001 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the
        mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to
        whom the house of Israel came!
006:002 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath
        the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they
        better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your
        border?
006:003 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of
        violence to come near;
006:004 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their
        couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves
        out of the midst of the stall;
006:005 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves
        instruments of musick, like David;
006:006 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief
        ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of
        Joseph.
006:007 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go
        captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves
        shall be removed.
006:008 The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of
        hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces:
        therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.
006:009 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one
        house, that they shall die.
006:010 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him,
        to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say unto
        him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any with
        thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy
        tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.
006:011 For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great
        house with breaches, and the little house with clefts.
006:012 Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with oxen?
        for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of
        righteousness into hemlock:
006:013 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not
        taken to us horns by our own strength?
006:014 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of
        Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall
        afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of
        the wilderness.
007:001 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed
        grasshoppers in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter
        growth; and, lo, it was the latter growth after the king's
        mowings.
007:002 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating
        the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I
        beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
007:003 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
007:004 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord
        GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep,
        and did eat up a part.
007:005 Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall
        Jacob arise? for he is small.
007:006 The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the
        Lord GOD.
007:007 Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the LORD stood upon a wall
        made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.
007:008 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said,
        A plumbline. Then said the LORD, Behold, I will set a
        plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again
        pass by them any more:
007:009 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the
        sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise
        against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
007:010 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of
        Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst
        of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his
        words.
007:011 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and
        Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.
007:012 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away
        into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy
        there:
007:013 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the
        king's chapel, and it is the king's court.
007:014 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet,
        neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a
        gatherer of sycomore fruit:
007:015 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD
        said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
007:016 Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest,
        Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the
        house of Isaac.
007:017 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in
        the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the
        sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt
        die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into
        captivity forth of his land.
008:001 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of
        summer fruit.
008:002 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of
        summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon
        my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.
008:003 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day,
        saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every
        place; they shall cast them forth with silence.
008:004 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the
        poor of the land to fail,
008:005 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn?
        and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah
        small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by
        deceit?
008:006 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair
        of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
008:007 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will
        never forget any of their works.
008:008 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that
        dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and
        it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
008:009 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD,
        that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will
        darken the earth in the clear day:
008:010 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs
        into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all
        loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the
        mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
008:011 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a
        famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for
        water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
008:012 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even
        to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the
        LORD, and shall not find it.
008:013 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for
        thirst.
008:014 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O
        Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beersheba liveth; even they
        shall fall, and never rise up again.
009:001 I saw the LORD standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the
        lintel of the door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in
        the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with
        the sword: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he
        that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
009:002 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them;
        though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
009:003 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will
        search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from
        my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the
        serpent, and he shall bite them:
009:004 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence
        will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will
        set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
009:005 And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it
        shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it
        shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by
        the flood of Egypt.
009:006 It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath
        founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters
        of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth:
        The LORD is his name.
009:007 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children
        of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of
        the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the
        Syrians from Kir?
009:008 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom,
        and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving
        that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the
        LORD.
009:009 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel
        among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet
        shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
009:010 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which
        say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
009:011 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is
        fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up
        his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
009:012 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the
        heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that
        doeth this.
009:013 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall
        overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth
        seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the
        hills shall melt.
009:014 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel,
        and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and
        they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they
        shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
009:015 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more
        be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith
        the LORD thy God.