Bible: Amos 5
Death is Imminent
5:2 “The virgin 3 Israel has fallen down and will not get up again.
She is abandoned on her own land
with no one to help her get up.” 4
5:3 The sovereign
“The city that marches out with a thousand soldiers 5 will have only a hundred left;
“Seek me 10 so you can live!
5:5 Do not seek Bethel! 11
Do not visit Gilgal!
Do not journey down 12 to Beer Sheba!
and Bethel will become a place where disaster abounds.” 15
5:6 Seek the
the fire 19 will consume
and no one will be able to quench it and save Bethel. 20
5:8 (But there is one who made the constellations Pleiades and Orion;
he can turn the darkness into morning
and daylight 25 into night.
He summons the water of the seas
and pours it out on the earth’s surface.
5:9 He flashes 26 destruction down upon the strong
so that destruction overwhelms 27 the fortified places.)
they despise anyone who speaks honestly.
5:11 Therefore, because you make the poor pay taxes on their crops 30
and exact a grain tax from them,
you will not live in the houses you built with chiseled stone,
and your numerous sins.
You 36 torment the innocent, you take bribes,
for it is an evil 41 time.
5:14 Seek good and not evil so you can live!
as you claim he is.
5:15 Hate what is wrong, love what is right!
“In all the squares there will be wailing,
in all the streets they will mourn the dead. 49
They will tell the field workers 50 to lament
and the professional mourners 51 to wail.
5:17 In all the vineyards there will be wailing,
for I will pass through 52 your midst,” says the
The Lord Demands Justice
5:18 Woe 53 to those who wish for the day of the
Why do you want the
It will bring darkness, not light.
5:19 Disaster will be inescapable, 54
as if a man ran from a lion only to meet a bear,
then escaped 55 into a house,
leaned his hand against the wall,
and was bitten by a poisonous snake.
5:20 Don’t you realize the
gloomy blackness, not bright light?
5:21 “I absolutely despise 57 your festivals!
I get no pleasure 58 from your religious assemblies!
5:22 Even if you offer me burnt and grain offerings, 59 I will not be satisfied;
I will not look with favor on your peace offerings of fattened calves. 60
5:23 Take away from me your 61 noisy songs;
I don’t want to hear the music of your stringed instruments. 62
5:24 Justice must flow like torrents of water,
righteous actions 63 like a stream that never dries up.
and Kiyyun, 69 your star god, which you made for yourselves,
5:27 and I will drive you into exile beyond Damascus,” says the
He is called the God who commands armies!