Amos 4 (New American Standard)

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``Yet You Have Not Returned to Me"

1 Hear this word, you cows of 1Bashan who are on the 2mountain of Samaria, Who 3oppress the poor, who crush the needy, Who say to ayour husbands, "Bring now, that we may 4drink !" 2 The Lord bGOD has 5sworn by His 6holiness, "Behold, the days are coming upon you When cthey will take you away with 7meat hooks, And the last of you with 8fish hooks. 3 "You will 9go out through breaches in the walls, Each one straight before her, And you dwill be cast to Harmon," declares the LORD. 4 "Enter Bethel and transgress ; In Gilgal multiply transgression ! 10Bring your sacrifices every morning, Your tithes every three days. 5 "eOffer a 11thank offering also from that which is leavened, And proclaim 12freewill offerings, make them known. For so you 13love to do, you sons of Israel," Declares the Lord GOD. 6 "But I gave you also 14cleanness of teeth in all your cities And lack of bread in all your places, Yet you have 15not returned to Me," declares the LORD. 7 "Furthermore, I 16withheld the rain from you While there were still three months until harvest. Then I would send rain on one city And on 17another city I would not send rain ; One part would be rained on, While the part not rained on would dry up. 8 "So two or three cities would stagger to another city to drink 18water, But would 19not be satisfied ; Yet you have 20not returned to Me," declares the LORD. 9 "I 21smote you with scorching wind and mildew ; And the 22caterpillar was devouring Your many gardens and vineyards, fig trees and olive trees ; Yet you have 23not returned to Me," declares the LORD. 10 "I sent a 24plague among you after the manner of Egypt ; I 25slew your young men by the sword along with your 26captured horses, And I made the 27stench of your camp rise up in your nostrils ; Yet you have 28not returned to Me," declares the LORD. 11 "I overthrew you, as 29God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, And you were like a 30firebrand snatched from a blaze ; Yet you have 31not returned to Me," declares the LORD. 12 "Therefore thus I will do to you, O Israel ; Because I will do this to you, Prepare to 32meet your God, O Israel." 13 For behold, He who 33forms mountains and 34creates the wind And 35declares to man what are His thoughts, He who 36makes dawn into darkness And 37treads on the high places of the earth, 38The LORD God of hosts is His name.
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