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Amos 5:18-27 (Common English Bible)

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A statement of divine disgust

18 says the LORD. Doom to those who desire the day of the LORD! Why do you want the day of the LORD? It is darkness, not light; 19 as if someone fled from a lion, and was met by a bear; or sought refuge in a house, rested a hand against the wall, and was bitten by a snake. 20 Isn't the day of the LORD darkness, not light; all dark with no brightness in it? 21 I hate, I reject your festivals; I don't enjoy your joyous assemblies. 22 If you bring me your entirely burned offerings and gifts of food— I won't be pleased; I won't even look at your offerings of well-fed animals. 23 Take away the noise of your songs; I won't listen to the melody of your harps. 24 But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. 25 Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, house of Israel? 26 You will take up Sakkuth your king, and Kaiwan your star-god, your images, which you made for yourselves. 27 Therefore, I will take you away beyond Damascus, says the LORD, whose name is the God of heavenly forces.
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