Amos 4

1Listen to me, you cows of Bashan on Samaria’s mountain. You hurt poor people. You crush those poor people. You tell your husbands, “Bring us something to drink!” 2The Lord my Master made a promise. He promised by his holiness, that troubles will come to you. People will use hooks and take you away as prisoners. They will use fishhooks to take away your children. 3˻Your city will be destroyed.˼ The women will rush out through cracks in the wall and throw themselves onto the pile ˻of dead bodies˼. The Lord says this. 4“Go to Bethel and sin! Go to Gilgal and sin even more. Offer your sacrifices in the morning. Bring a tenth of your crops for the three-day holiday. 5And offer a thank offering made with yeast. Tell everyone about the freewill offerings. Israel, you love to do those things. So go and do them.” The Lord said ˻this˼. 6“˻I did many things to try to make you come to me.˼ I didn’t give you any food to eat. There was no food in any of your cities. But you didn’t come back to me.” The Lord said those things. 7“I also stopped the rain—and it was three months before harvest time. So no crops grew. Then I let it rain on one city, but not on another city. Rain fell on one part of the country. But on the other part of the country, the land became very dry. 8So the people from two or three cities staggered to another city to get water—but there was not enough water for every person. Still you didn’t come to me for help.” The Lord said those things. 9“I made your crops die from heat and disease. I destroyed your gardens and your fields of grapes. Locusts ate your fig trees and olive trees. But you still didn’t come to me ˻for help˼.” The Lord said those things. 10“I sent diseases against you, like I did to Egypt. I killed your young men with swords. I took away your horses. I made your camp smell very bad ˻from all the dead bodies˼. But still you didn’t come back to me ˻for help˼.” The Lord said those things. 11“I destroyed you like I destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. And those cities were completely destroyed. You were like a burnt stick pulled from a fire. But still you didn’t come back to me ˻for help˼.” The Lord said those things. 12“So I will do these things to you, Israel. I will do this to you. Israel, prepare to meet your God! 13˻Who am I?˼ I am the One who made the mountains. I created your minds. I taught people how to speak and I changed the darkness into dawn. I walk over the mountains of the earth. ˻Who am I?˼ My name is Yahweh, God of the armies.”

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