Amos 5:1-17 KJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel. 1 Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:
2 The virgin of Israel is fallen ; she shall no more rise : she is forsaken upon her land; there is 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 For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel. 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 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live : 4 This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live;
5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity , and Bethel shall come to nought. 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 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live ; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel. 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 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth, 7 You who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground
8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: 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 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress. 9 he flashes destruction on the stronghold and brings the fortified city to ruin),
10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly. 10 you hate the one who reproves in court and despise him who tells the truth.
11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them. 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 your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right. 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 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time. 13 Therefore the prudent man keeps quiet in such times, for the times are evil.
14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live : and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken . 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 the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. 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 the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. 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 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. 17 There will be wailing in all the vineyards, for I will pass through your midst," says the LORD.