Amos 4

1 Hear this message, Bashan cows
who are on Mount Samaria,
oppressors of the poor,
crushers of the needy,
who say to their husbands, "Bring and we'll drink!"

2 My Lord Adonai has sworn by his holiness:
So, look! Days are coming upon you,
when they shall take you away with hooks,
and your rear guard with fish-hooks.
3 Through gaps [in the wall] you will leave,
each one straight ahead;
and be thrown out towards Harmon.
Adonai's oracle.

4 Enter Bethel - and rebel!
Gilgal - and multiply rebellion!
Each morning bring in your sacrifices,
every three days your tithes!
5 Burn leavened (bread) as thank offering,
call out [your] freewill offerings - proclaim them;
for that is what you love, children of Israel!
Oracle of my Lord Adonai.

6 Indeed it was I
who gave you clean teeth in all your cities,
and lack of bread in all your settlements,
yet you did not return to me.
Adonai.'s oracle.

7 Indeed it was I who withheld showers from you
with three months still to harvest;
I sent rain to one city,
and to another city I sent no rain;
one plot was rained upon,
and the plot which was not rained on withered;
8 two or three cities stagger to one city
to drink water, and are not satisfied;
yet you did not return to me.
Adonai's oracle.

9 I struck you with wind and worm increasingly,
both your orchards, and your vineyards;
your figs and your olives the locust eats;
yet you did not return to me.
Adonai's oracle.

10 I sent among you a plague like Egypt's plague;
I killed your young men with the sword;
and your horses were taken captive;
I made the smell of your camp rise in your nose;
yet you did not return to me.
Adonai's oracle.

11 I overthrew some of you,
as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
and you became like a smoldering stick pulled from the fire;
yet you did not return to me.
Adonai's oracle.

12 So this is what I was doing to you, Israel;
because this is what I was doing to you,
prepare to meet your God, Israel!

13 So, look!
The maker of mountains,
creator of wind,
makes known to humanity what his thoughts are,
makes dawn darkness,
and treads on the high places of the land-
Adonai, the God of armies, is his name!

This very literal translation was prepared by Dr Tim Bulkeley for use with his Amos commentary
(His son named it the Temporary English Version because it kept changing!)