Amos 5:1-17 NAS

``Seek Me that You May Live"

1 Hear this word which I take up for you as a 1dirge, O house of Israel:

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2 She has fallen, she will 2not rise again - The 3virgin Israel. She lies neglected on her land; There is 4none to raise her up.

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3 For thus says the Lord GOD, "The city which goes forth a thousand strong Will have a 5hundred left, And the one which goes forth a hundred strong Will have 6ten left to the house of Israel."

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    • a 5:3 - Heb "YHWH," usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch
      4 For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel, "7Seek Me 8that you may live.

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      5 "But do not resort to 9Bethel And do not come to 10Gilgal, Nor cross over to 11Beersheba; For Gilgal will certainly go into captivity And Bethel will come to trouble.

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        • b 5:5 - Lit "seek"
        • c 5:5 - Or "become iniquity"
          6 "12Seek the LORD that you may live, Or He will break forth like a 13fire, O house of Joseph, And it will consume with none to quench it for Bethel,

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            • d 5:6 - Or in "the house"
              7 For those who turn 14justice into wormwood And cast righteousness down to the earth."

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                • e 5:7 - Lit "they have put down"
                  8 He who made the 15Pleiades and Orion And 16changes deep darkness into morning, Who also 17darkens day into night, Who 18calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the surface of the earth, The 19LORD is His name.

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                    • f 5:8 - Lit "And He darkened"
                      9 It is He who 20flashes forth with destruction upon the strong, So that 21destruction comes upon the fortress.

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                      10 They hate him who 22reproves in the gate, And they 23abhor him who speaks with integrity.

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                        • g 5:10 - I.e. the place where court was held
                          11 Therefore because you impose heavy rent on the poor And exact a tribute of grain from them, Though you have built 24houses of well-hewn stone, Yet you will not live in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will 25not drink their wine.

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                            • h 5:11 - Another reading is "trample upon"
                              12 For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, You who 26distress the righteous and accept bribes And turn aside the poor in the gate.

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                                • i 5:12 - Lit "they turn"
                                • j 5:12 - I.e. the place where court was held
                                  13 Therefore at such a time the prudent person 27keeps silent, for it is an evil time.

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                                    • k 5:13 - Lit "that time"
                                      14 Seek good and not evil, that you may live; And thus may the LORD God of hosts be with you, 28Just as you have said!

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                                      15 29Hate evil, love good, And establish justice in the gate! Perhaps the LORD God of hosts 30May be gracious to the 31remnant of Joseph.

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                                        • l 5:15 - I.e. the place where court was held
                                          16 Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts, the Lord, "There is 32wailing in all the plazas, And in all the streets they say, 'Alas! Alas!' They also call the 33farmer to mourning And 34professional mourners to lamentation.

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                                            • m 5:16 - Lit "those who know lamentation"
                                              17 "And in all the 35vineyards there is wailing, Because I will pass through the midst of you," says the LORD.

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