Amos 5

1 Hear this message that I am raising over you,
a funeral song, house of Israel:

2 Fallen, never to rise again,
is the Maid of Israel;
left on her land,
with no one to raise her.

3 For thus says my Lord Adonai:
The city marches out a thousand
a hundred are left,
it marches out a hundred
ten are left,
for the house of Israel.

4 For thus says Adonai to the house of Israel:
Seek me and live;
5 but don't seek Bethel,
and don't enter Gilgal
nor cross to Beer-sheba;
for Gilgal will surely be exiled,
and Bethel will become idolatry.
6 Seek Adonai and live:
lest he hurry like fire.
House of Joseph.
And it consumes, with no one to put it out for Bethel.

7 Turning justice to wormwood,
and abandoning righteousness on the land!

8 The one who made the Pleiades and Orion,
and turns deathly darkness into dawn,
and darkens day into night,
who calls the waters of the sea,
and pours them out across the land,
Adonai is his name!
9 The one who flashes destruction against the stronghold,
so that destruction enters the fortress.

10 They hate anyone who reproves in the gate,
and they detest someone who speaks with integrity.

11 Therefore, since you trample on the poor
and take wheat as a `present' from him,
you have built houses of cut stone,
but you won't inhabit them;
you have planted pleasant vineyards,
but you won't drink their wine.
12 For I know your numerous rebellions,
and your `mighty' sins-
oppressing the righteous, taking bribes,
they push aside the needy in the gate.

13 So, at a time like this a sensible person keeps quiet;
for it is an evil time.

14 Seek good, not evil,
that you may live;
and so Adonai, God of armies,
may be with you, as you have said.

15 Hate evil, love good,
set up justice in the gate;
it may be that Adonai, God of armies,
will be gracious to the remains of Joseph.

16 Therefore thus says Adonai, God of armies, my Lord:
In all the squares - wailing;
in all the streets they'll say, "Alas! Alas!"
and call the farmers to mourning,
those skilled in wails, to wailing;
17 in all the vineyards - wailing,
for I will pass among you.
says Adonai.

18 Alas to you who desire Adonai's day!
What is Adonai's day to you?
It's darkness, not light!

19 Like someone escaping from a lion,
who meets a bear;
and entering the house,
leans a hand on the wall,
and a snake bites him.
20 Isn't Adonai's day darkness, not light,
gloom with no brightness in it?

21 I hate, I reject your festivals,
I will not stomach your assemblies.
22 Even though you offer me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
I won't accept them;
and the peace offerings of your prize beasts
I won't approve.
23 Spare me the roar of your songs;
I won't listen to the music of your guitars.

24 But let justice roll like water,
and righteousness as a permanent torrent.

25 Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings
the forty years in the wilderness,
house of Israel?
26 But you will take up Sikkuth, your king,
and Kiyun, your idol,
your star-gods, which you made for yourselves;
27 I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,
says Adonai - God of armies - is his name.


This very literal translation was prepared by Dr Tim Bulkeley for use with his Amos commentary http://www.bible.gen.nz/amos/
(His son named it the Temporary English Version because it kept changing!)