1 Woe to them that
are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which
are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel
2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath
the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they
better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your
3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence
to come near;
4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their
couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves
out of the midst of the stall;
5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves
instruments of musick, like David;
6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief
ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go
captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall
8 The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God
of hosts, I abhor the excellency of Jacob, and hate his palaces:
therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.
9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one
house, that they shall die.
10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth
him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and shall say
unto him that is by the sides of the house, Is there yet any
with thee? and he shall say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy
tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the LORD.
11 For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great
house with breaches, and the little house with clefts.
12 Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with
oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of
righteousness into hemlock:
13 Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we
not taken to us horns by our own strength?
14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house
of Israel, saith the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict
you from the entering in of Hamath unto the river of the wilderness.
1 Thus hath the
Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers
in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and,
lo, it was the latter growth after the king's mowings.
2 And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating
the grass of the land, then I said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech
thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he is small.
3 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
4 Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord
GOD called to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep,
and did eat up a part.
5 Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall
Jacob arise? for he is small.
6 The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith
the Lord GOD.
7 Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall
made by a plumbline, with a plumbline in his hand.
8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said,
A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline
in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them
9 And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries
of Israel shall be laid waste; and I will rise against the house
of Jeroboam with the sword.
10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of
Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired against thee in the midst
of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his
11 For thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and
Israel shall surely be led away captive out of their own land.
12 Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away
into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:
13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the
king's chapel, and it is the king's court.
14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet,
neither was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdman, and a gatherer
of sycomore fruit:
15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD
said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel.
16 Now therefore hear thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest,
Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not thy word against the
house of Isaac.
17 Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot
in the city, and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the
sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and thou shalt
die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity
forth of his land.
Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of
2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of
summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The end is come upon
my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more.
3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day,
saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every
place; they shall cast them forth with silence.
4 Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the
poor of the land to fail,
5 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn?
and the sabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the ephah
small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by
6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair
of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
7 The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will
never forget any of their works.
8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that
dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and
it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
9 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD,
that I will cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken
the earth in the clear day:
10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs
into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins,
and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning
of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.
11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send
a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for
water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north
even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word
of the LORD, and shall not find it.
13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for
14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god,
O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth; even they
shall fall, and never rise up again.
1 I saw the LORD
standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the
door, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head, all
of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he
that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth
of them shall not be delivered.
2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them;
though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:
3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will
search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from
my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the
serpent, and he shall bite them:
4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence
will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will
set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
5 And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and
it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it
shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as
by the flood of Egypt.
6 It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath
founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters
of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth:
The LORD is his name.
7 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children
of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out
of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and
the Syrians from Kir?
8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are upon the sinful kingdom,
and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving
that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the
9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel
among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall
not the least grain fall upon the earth.
10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which
say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that
is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise
up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the
heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth
13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall
overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth
seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills
14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel,
and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and
they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they
shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no
more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them,
saith the LORD thy God.