Amos 8

1The Lord showed me this: ˻I˼ saw a basket of summer fruit. 2The Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?” I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end has come to my people Israel. I will not overlook their sins any more. 3The temple songs will become sad funeral songs. The Lord my Master said those things. There will be dead bodies everywhere. In silence, people will take out the dead bodies and throw them ˻onto the pile˼.” Only in Making Money 4Listen to me! You people walk on helpless people. You are trying to destroy the poor people of this country. 5You businessmen say, ”When will the New Moon be over so we can sell grain? When will the Sabbath be over so we can bring our wheat ˻to sell˼? We can raise the price and make the measure smaller. We can adjust the scales and cheat the people. 6˻The poor people can’t pay their loans,˼ so we will buy them as slaves. We will buy those helpless people for the price of a pair of shoes. Oh, and we can sell the wheat that was spilled on the floor.” 7The Lord made a promise. He used his name, Pride of Jacob, and made this promise: “I will never forget the things that those people did. 8The whole land will shake because of those things. Every person that lives in the land will cry for people that died. The whole land will rise and fall like the Nile River in Egypt. The land will be tossed around.” 9The Lord also said these things: “At that time I will cause the sun to go down at noon. I will make the earth dark on a clear day. 10I will change your holidays into days of crying for the dead. All your songs will be songs of sadness for dead people. I will put clothes of sadness on everyone. I will make every head bald. I will make it like heavy crying for an only son that has died. It will be a very bitter end.” for God’s Word Is Coming 11The Lord says: “Look, the days are coming when I will cause a time of hunger in the land. The people will not be hungry for bread. The people will not be thirsty for water. No, the people will be hungry for words from the Lord. 12The people will wander around the country, from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, and from the north part of the country, to the east. The people will go back and forth looking for a message from the Lord. But they will not find it. 13At that time, the beautiful young men and women will become weak from thirst. 14Those people made promises by the sin of Samaria, They said, 'Dan, as surely as your god lives, ˻we promise˼ ...’ And they said, 'As surely as the god of Beersheba lives, ˻we promise˼ ...’ But those people will fall, and they will never get up again.”

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