Day 200 of the Holy Bible One Year Challenge. Amos sees fruit. The Lord describes his punishment to Israel. Romans 5: Adam & Christ
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A Vision of Ripe Fruit
This is what the Lord GOD showed me: I saw a basket of summer fruit.
2 He said to me, “Amos, what do you
I said, “A basket of summer fruit.”
Then the LORD said to me: “The end‡ has come to my people Israel. I will not ignore their sins any more. 3 Their tem- ple songs will become funeral songs.” This is what the Lord GOD says. “There will be dead bodies everywhere. In si- lence people will take out the dead bod- ies and throw them onto a pile.”¶
Merchants Only Want to Make Money
4 Listen to me, you who trample on help- less people.
You are trying to destroy the poor of this country.
5 You merchants say,
“When will the New Moon celebration be over
so that we can sell grain?
When will the Sabbath be over
so that we can bring out more wheat to sell?
We can raise the price
and make the measure smaller.
We can change the scales and cheat the people.
6 And we can use the chaff swept off the
to mix with the grain we sell. The poor cannot pay their loans, so we will buy them as slaves.
We will buy those helpless people for the price of a pair of sandals.”
7 The LORD made a promise. He used
his name, “the Pride of Jacob”, and said:
*7:9 Jeroboam The king of Israel. See verse 10.
†7:17 foreign Literally, “unclean”. See unclean in the Word List.
‡8:2 end This Hebrew word sounds like the word for “summer fruit”.
¶8:3 In silence … a pile Or “People will be saying, ‘Hush!’” See Amos 6:10.
“I will never forget what those people did.
8 There will be an earthquake
that will shake the whole land because of what they did.
Everyone living there will cry for those who died.
The land will be tossed around. The whole land will rise and fall like the Nile River in Egypt.”
9 The Lord GOD also said,
“At that time I will make the sun set at noon
and make the land dark on a clear day.
10 I will change your festivals into days of crying for the dead.
All your songs will become sad funeral songs.
I will put mourning clothes on every body
and baldness on every head.*
I will cause mourning everywhere,
like that for an only son who has died. It will be a very bitter end.”
A Famine of God’s Word
11 The Lord GOD says:
“Look, the days are coming
when I will cause a famine in the land. The people will not be hungry for bread. They will not be thirsty for water.
No, they will be hungry for words from the LORD.
12 The people will wander around the
from the Dead Sea to the western coast,
then through the north around to the east.
They will go back and forth looking for a message from the LORD,
but they will not find it.
13 At that time the beautiful young women and the young men
will become weak from thirst.
14 They made promises by the false god† of Samaria.
They took oaths in the name of the god of Dan‡
and made vows in the name of the god of Beersheba.¶
But they will fall
and never get up again.”
A Vision of God Commanding Punishment
I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said:
“Strike the top of the pillars
so that even the foundation will shake. Make the roof fall on everyone’s head.
Those who survive I will kill with a sword.
None of them will be able to run away. None of them will escape.
2 If they dig deep into the ground,§
I will pull them from there. If they go up into the skies,**
I will bring them down from there.
3 If they hide at the top of Mount Carmel,††
I will find them and take them from there.
*8:10 baldness … head People shaved their heads to show that they were very sad or upset.
†8:14 false god Literally, “sin”, referring to the calf-shaped god in Samaria.
‡8:14 Dan One of Israel’s holy places was in this city.
¶8:14 Beersheba A town in Judah. This name means “well of the oath”.
§9:2 ground Literally, “Sheol, the place of the dead”.
**9:2 skies Or “heaven”.
††9:3 Mount Carmel A mountain in northern Israel. This name means “God’s vine- yard”. This shows that it was a very fertile hill.
If they try to hide from me at the bottom of the sea,
I will command the snake, and it will bite them.
4 If they are captured and taken away by
I will order that they be put to death. Yes, I will watch over them,
but I will watch for ways to give them troubles,
not for ways to do good things.”
5 The Lord GOD All-Powerful is the one who touches the land,
and it melts.
Then all the people who live in the land will cry for the dead.
The land will rise and fall
like the Nile River in Egypt.
6 He built his upper rooms above the skies.
He put his skies* over the earth.
He calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out on the earth. YAHWEH is his name.
7 This is what the LORD says:
“Israel, are you the only people in the world important to me?
I care just as much for the Ethiopians. Yes, I brought you out of Egypt.
But I also brought the Philistines from Crete,†
and the Arameans out of Kir.”‡ 8 “I, the Lord GOD,
am watching this sinful kingdom. I will wipe the kingdom of Israel off the face of the earth.
But I will never completely destroy the people of Israel,”
says the LORD.
*9:6 skies Literally, “dome” or “vault”.
†9:7 Crete Literally, “Caphtor” in Hebrew.
9 “I am giving the command
to shake Israel like grain in a sifter.¶ The good people will be scattered among
But those who are useless will be caught and thrown away.
10 Sinners among my people say,
‘Nothing bad will happen to us.’
But all of them will be killed with swords.
God Promises to Restore the Kingdom
11 “David’s house§ has fallen,
but at that time I will set it up again.
I will repair its broken places and rebuild its ruins.
I will set it up as it was before.
12 Then my people will take over what is left of Edom
and all the other nations that belonged to me.”
This is what the LORD says, and he will make it happen. 13 The LORD says:
“A time of great blessing is coming.
Workers will still be harvesting
when it is time to plough the fields again.
They will still be trampling the grapes when it is time to plant a new crop.
Sweet wine will drip from the mountains and pour from the hills.
14 I will bring my people, Israel,
back from captivity.
They will rebuild the ruined cities, and they will live in them.
They will plant vineyards
and drink the wine they produce. They will plant gardens
‡9:7 Kir Place where the Arameans lived in captivity.
¶9:9 sifter A tool with a screen through which grain is shaken to remove rocks or trash.
§9:11 David’s house This probably means his kingdom.
and eat the crops they grow.
15 I will plant my people on their own land,
and never again will they be pulled up out of the land that I gave them.”
This is what the LORD your God said.
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