Amos 8:5-14 NLT

5 You can’t wait for the Sabbath day to be over and the religious festivals to end so you can get back to cheating the helpless. You measure out grain with dishonest measures and cheat the buyer with dishonest scales.a

References for Amos 8:5

    • 8:5 - Hebrew You make the ephah [a unit for measuring grain] small and the shekel [a unit of weight] great, and you deal falsely by using deceitful balances.
      6 And you mix the grain you sell with chaff swept from the floor. Then you enslave poor people for one piece of silver or a pair of sandals.
      7 Now the has sworn this oath by his own name, the Pride of Israelb : “I will never forget the wicked things you have done!

      References for Amos 8:7

        • 8:7 - Hebrew the pride of Jacob. See note on 3:13 .
          8 The earth will tremble for your deeds, and everyone will mourn. The ground will rise like the Nile River at floodtime; it will heave up, then sink again.
          9 “In that day,” says the Sovereign , “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth while it is still day.
          10 I will turn your celebrations into times of mourning and your singing into weeping. You will wear funeral clothes and shave your heads to show your sorrow— as if your only son had died. How very bitter that day will be!
          11 “The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign , “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread or water but of hearing the words of the .
          12 People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from border to borderc searching for the word of the , but they will not find it.

          References for Amos 8:12

            • 8:12 - Hebrew from north to east.
              13 Beautiful girls and strong young men will grow faint in that day, thirsting for the ’s word.
              14 And those who swear by the shameful idols of Samaria— who take oaths in the name of the god of Dan and make vows in the name of the god of Beershebad — they will all fall down, never to rise again.”

              References for Amos 8:14

                • 8:14 - Hebrew the way of Beersheba.