Amos 4 NIV

Israel Has Not Returned to God

1 Hear this word, you cows of Bashan1 on Mount Samaria,2 you women who oppress the poor3 and crush the needy4 and say to your husbands,5 "Bring us some drinks!6"

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2 The Sovereign LORD has sworn by his holiness: "The time7 will surely come when you will be taken away8 with hooks,9 the last of you with fishhooks.

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3 You will each go straight out through breaks in the wall,10 and you will be cast out toward Harmon,a " declares the LORD.

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    • a 4:3 - Masoretic Text; with a different word division of the Hebrew (see Septuagint) "out, O mountain of oppression"
      4 "Go to Bethel11 and sin; go to Gilgal12 and sin yet more. Bring your sacrifices every morning,13 your tithes14 every three years.b15

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        • b 4:4 - Or "tithes on the third day"
          5 Burn leavened bread16 as a thank offering and brag about your freewill offerings17-- boast about them, you Israelites, for this is what you love to do," declares the Sovereign LORD.

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          6 "I gave you empty stomachsc in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me," declares the LORD.18

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            • c 4:6 - Hebrew "you cleanness of teeth"
              7 "I also withheld19 rain from you when the harvest was still three months away. I sent rain on one town, but withheld it from another.20 One field had rain; another had none and dried up.

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              8 People staggered from town to town for water21 but did not get enough22 to drink, yet you have not returned23 to me," declares the LORD.24

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              9 "Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards, I struck them with blight and mildew.25 Locusts26 devoured your fig and olive trees,27 yet you have not returned28 to me," declares the LORD.

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              10 "I sent plagues29 among you as I did to Egypt.30 I killed your young men31 with the sword, along with your captured horses. I filled your nostrils with the stench32 of your camps, yet you have not returned to me,"33 declares the LORD.34

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              11 "I overthrew some of you as Id overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.35 You were like a burning stick36 snatched from the fire, yet you have not returned to me," declares the LORD.37

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                • d 4:11 - Hebrew "God"
                  12 "Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel, and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel."
                  13 He who forms the mountains,38 creates the wind,39 and reveals his thoughts40 to man, he who turns dawn to darkness, and treads the high places of the earth41-- the LORD God Almighty is his name.42

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