Amos 4:1-8 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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