This document is part of the Hypertext Bible Commentary - Amos

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Amos 1

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1 The story of Amos, who was among the sheep farmers from Tekoa, and had visions about Israel, in the time of Uzziah King of Judah and of Jeroboam son of Joash King of Israel, two years before the earthquake.

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2 He said:
Adonai roars from Zion,
  and from Jerusalem gives voice;
the shepherds' pastures wither,
  and Carmel's crest dries.

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3 Thus says Adonai:
Because of three rebellions by Damascus, because of four...
I will not call it back;
  because they have threshed Gilead
   with iron implements.
4 I will send fire on the house of Hazael,
  and it will consume the citadels of Ben-hadad.
5 I will break the gate bars of Damascus,
  and cut off the ruler from the Valley of Aven,
  and the one who grasps the sceptre from Beth-eden;
   and the people of Aram shall go into exile to Kir.
       Says Adonai.

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6 Thus says Adonai:
Because of three rebellions by Gaza, because of four...
I will not call it back;
  because they carried into exile an entire people,
   to hand over to Edom.
7 I will send fire on the wall of Gaza,
  and it will consume its citadels.
8 I will cut off the ruler from Ashdod,
   and the one who grasps the sceptre from Ashkelon;
  I will turn my hand against Ekron,
   and the remains of the Philistines will perish.
       Says my Lord Adonai.

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9 Thus says Adonai:
Because of three rebellions by Tyre, because of four...
I will not call it back;
  because they handed over an entire people to Edom,
   and did not remember the fraternal covenant.
10 I will send fire on the wall of Tyre,
  and it will consume its citadels.

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11 Thus says Adonai:
Because of three rebellions by Edom, because of four...
I will not call it back;
  because he pursued his kin with sword
   and perverted his compassion.
    His anger burned forever,
     and he kept his rage permanently.
12 I will send fire on Teman,
  and it will consume the citadels of Bozrah.

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13 Thus says Adonai:
Because of three rebellions by the Ammonites, because of four...
I will not call it back;
  because they ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead
   for the sake of enlarging their territory.
14 I will light a fire against the wall of Rabbah,
  and it will consume its citadels,
   with shouting on a day of battle,
    with a whirlwind on a day of storms;
15 then their king shall go into exile,
    he and his officials together.
       Says Adonai.

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Amos 2

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1 Thus says Adonai:
Because of three rebellions by Moab, because of four...
I will not call it back;
  because of burning the king of Edom's bones to make lime.
2 I will send fire on Moab,
  and it will consume the citadels of Kerioth,
   and Moab shall die in the uproar,
    in the shouting, to the sound of trumpet;
3 I will cut off the leader from among them,
  and will kill all their officials with him,
       Says Adonai.

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4 Thus says Adonai:
Because of three rebellions by Judah , because of four...
I will not call it back;
  because they have rejected Adonai's instruction,
   and his decrees they have not kept,
  but they are led astray by the same "lies"
   their ancestors went after.
5 So I will send fire on Judah ,
  and it will consume the citadels of Jerusalem.

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6 Thus says Adonai:
Because of three rebellions by Israel, because of four...
I will not call it back;
  because they sell the righteous for silver,
   and the needy for the sake of a pair of sandals-

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7 laughing because the dust of the land is on poor people's heads,
   and pushing aside the humble from the path;
a man and his  father go with the same servant-girl,
   so that my holy reputation is defiled;

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8 and on clothing taken as security,
   they spread out beside every altar;
  and the wine of those they fined,
   they drink in the house of their God.

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9 Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them,
   tall as cedars,
    and strong as oaks;
I destroyed them, fruit above,
  and roots below.
10 I brought you out of the land of Egypt,
   and I led you in the wilderness, for forty years,
    to take possession the Amorite's land.

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11 I appointed some of your children as prophets
    and some of your youths as Nazirites.
Isn't it indeed so, children of Israel?
       Adonai's oracle.
12 But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink,
    and prophets you ordered,
     "You must not prophesy!"

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13 Look! I am creaking beneath you,
    like a cart full of straw creaks.

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14 Flight shall perish before the speedy,
    and the strong will not confirm their strength,
     nor the hero save his life;
15 those who hold bows will not stand,
    and speedy feet will not save,
     nor those who ride horses save their lives;
16 even the firm hearted of the heroes
    will flee naked in that day,
       Adonai's oracle.

Amos 3

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1 Hear this message that Adonai has spoken against you,
people of Israel, against the whole family that I
brought out of the land of Egypt:
2 "Only you do I know of all the families of the earth;
therefore I will punish you for all your guilt."

 
 
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