Bible: Amos 4

4:1 Listen to this message, you cows of Bashan 1  who live on Mount Samaria!

You 2  oppress the poor;

you crush the needy.

You say to your 3  husbands,

Bring us more to drink! 4 

4:2 The sovereign Lord confirms this oath by his own holy character: 5 

“Certainly the time is approaching 6 

when you will be carried away 7  in baskets, 8 

every last one of you 9  in fishermen’s pots. 10 

4:3 Each of you will go straight through the gaps in the walls; 11 

you will be thrown out 12  toward Harmon.” 13 

The Lord is speaking!

Israel has an Appointment with God

4:4Go to Bethel 14  and rebel! 15 

At Gilgal 16  rebel some more!

Bring your sacrifices in 17  the morning,

your tithes on 18  the third day!

4:5 Burn a thank offering of bread made with yeast! 19 

Make a public display of your voluntary offerings! 20 

For you love to do this, you Israelites.”

The sovereign Lord is speaking!

4:6But surely I gave 21  you no food to eat in any of your cities;

you lacked food everywhere you live. 22 

Still you did not come back to me.”

The Lord is speaking!

4:7I withheld rain from you three months before the harvest. 23 

I gave rain to one city, but not to another.

One field 24  would get rain, but the field that received no rain dried up.

4:8 People from 25  two or three cities staggered into one city to get 26  water,

but remained thirsty. 27 

Still you did not come back to me.”

The Lord is speaking!

4:9I destroyed your crops 28  with blight and disease.

Locusts kept 29  devouring your orchards, 30  vineyards, fig trees, and olive trees.

Still you did not come back to me.”

The Lord is speaking!

4:10I sent against you a plague like one of the Egyptian plagues. 31 

I killed your young men with the sword,

along with the horses you had captured.

I made the stench from the corpses 32  rise up into your nostrils.

Still you did not come back to me.”

The Lord is speaking!

4:11I overthrew some of you the way God 33  overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah. 34 

You were like a burning stick 35  snatched from the flames.

Still you did not come back to me.”

The Lord is speaking!

4:12Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel.

Because I will do this to you,

prepare to meet your God, Israel! 36 

4:13 For here he is!

He 37  formed the mountains and created the wind.

He reveals 38  his plans 39  to men.

He turns the dawn into darkness 40 

and marches on the heights of the earth.

The Lord, the God who commands armies, 41  is his name!

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