Amos 5 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Listen, you people of Israel! Listen to this funeral song I am singing: 1 Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:
2 "The virgin Israel has fallen, never to rise again! She lies forsaken on the ground, with none to raise her up." 2 "Fallen is Virgin Israel, never to rise again, deserted in her own land, with no one to lift her up."
3 The Sovereign LORD says: "When one of your cities sends a thousand men to battle, only a hundred will return. When a town sends a hundred, only ten will come back alive." 3 This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "The city that marches out a thousand strong for Israel will have only a hundred left; the town that marches out a hundred strong will have only ten left."
4 Now this is what the LORD says to the family of Israel: "Come back to me and live! 4 This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live;
5 Don't go to worship the idols of Bethel, Gilgal, or Beersheba. For the people of Gilgal will be dragged off into exile, and the people of Bethel will come to nothing." 5 do not seek Bethel, do not go to Gilgal, do not journey to Beersheba. For Gilgal will surely go into exile, and Bethel will be reduced to nothing."
6 Come back to the LORD and live! If you don't, he will roar through Israel like a fire, devouring you completely. Your gods in Bethel certainly won't be able to quench the flames! 6 Seek the LORD and live, or he will sweep through the house of Joseph like a fire; it will devour, and Bethel will have no one to quench it.
7 You wicked people! You twist justice, making it a bitter pill for the poor and oppressed. Righteousness and fair play are meaningless fictions to you. 7 You who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground
8 It is the LORD who created the stars, the Pleiades and Orion. It is he who turns darkness into morning and day into night. It is he who draws up water from the oceans and pours it down as rain on the land. The LORD is his name! 8 (he who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns blackness into dawn and darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land-- the LORD is his name--
9 With blinding speed and power he destroys the strong, crushing all their defenses. 9 he flashes destruction on the stronghold and brings the fortified city to ruin),
10 How you hate honest judges! How you despise people who tell the truth! 10 you hate the one who reproves in court and despise him who tells the truth.
11 You trample the poor and steal what little they have through taxes and unfair rent. Therefore, you will never live in the beautiful stone houses you are building. You will never drink wine from the lush vineyards you are planting. 11 You trample on the poor and force him to give you grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know the vast number of your sins and rebellions. You oppress good people by taking bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts. 12 For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. You oppress the righteous and take bribes and you deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
13 So those who are wise will keep quiet, for it is an evil time. 13 Therefore the prudent man keeps quiet in such times, for the times are evil.
14 Do what is good and run from evil -- that you may live! Then the LORD God Almighty will truly be your helper, just as you have claimed he is. 14 Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.
15 Hate evil and love what is good; remodel your courts into true halls of justice. Perhaps even yet the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on his people who remain. 15 Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
16 Therefore, this is what the Lord, the LORD God Almighty, says: "There will be crying in all the public squares and in every street. Call for the farmers to weep with you, and summon professional mourners to wail and lament. 16 Therefore this is what the Lord, the LORD God Almighty, says: "There will be wailing in all the streets and cries of anguish in every public square. The farmers will be summoned to weep and the mourners to wail.
17 There will be wailing in every vineyard, for I will pass through and destroy them all. I, the LORD, have spoken!" 17 There will be wailing in all the vineyards, for I will pass through your midst," says the LORD.
18 How terrible it will be for you who say, "If only the day of the LORD were here! For then the LORD would rescue us from all our enemies." But you have no idea what you are wishing for. That day will not bring light and prosperity, but darkness and disaster. 18 Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD! Why do you long for the day of the LORD? That day will be darkness, not light.
19 In that day you will be like a man who runs from a lion -- only to meet a bear. After escaping the bear, he leans his hand against a wall in his house -- and is bitten by a snake. 19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him.
20 Yes, the day of the LORD will be a dark and hopeless day, without a ray of joy or hope. 20 Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, not light-- pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?
21 "I hate all your show and pretense -- the hypocrisy of your religious festivals and solemn assemblies. 21 "I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies.
22 I will not accept your burnt offerings and grain offerings. I won't even notice all your choice peace offerings. 22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with your hymns of praise! They are only noise to my ears. I will not listen to your music, no matter how lovely it is. 23 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, a river of righteous living that will never run dry. 24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
25 "Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, Israel? 25 "Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the desert, O house of Israel?
26 No, your real interest was in your pagan gods -- Sakkuth your king god and Kaiwan your star god -- the images you yourselves made. 26 You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god-- which you made for yourselves.
27 So I will send you into exile, to a land east of Damascus," says the LORD, whose name is God Almighty. 27 Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus," says the LORD, whose name is God Almighty.