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Amos 5:10-20 (Common English Bible w/ Apocrypha)

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10 They hate the one who judges at the city gate, and they reject the one who speaks the truth. 11 Truly, because you crush the weak, and because you tax their grain, you have built houses of carved stone, but you won't live in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you won't drink their wine. 12 I know how many are your crimes, and how numerous are your sins— afflicting the righteous, taking money on the side, turning away the poor who seek help. 13 Therefore, the one who is wise will keep silent in that time; it is an evil time.

Words of inspiration

14 Seek good and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of heavenly forces, will be with you just as you have said. 15 Hate evil, love good, and establish justice at the city gate. Perhaps the LORD God of heavenly forces will be gracious to what is left of Joseph.

Divine wrath anticipated

16 Truly, the LORD proclaims, the God of heavenly forces, the Lord: Crying will be heard in all the squares. In all the streets they will say, "Oh no! Oh no!" They will call upon the farmers to wail, and those skilled in mourning to lament. 17 In all the vineyards there will be bitter crying because I will pass through your midst,

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?
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