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

 
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1 Hear this word which I take up over you in lamentation, O house of Israel: 1 Hear this word, O house of Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:
2 "Fallen, no more to rise, is the virgin Israel; forsaken on her land, 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 For thus says the Lord GOD: "The city that went forth a thousand shall have a hundred left, and that which went forth a hundred shall have ten left 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 says the LORD to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live; 4 This is what the LORD says to the house of Israel: "Seek me and live;
5 but do not seek Bethel, and do not enter into Gilgal or cross over to Beer-sheba; for Gilgal shall surely go into exile, 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 live, lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, with none to quench it for 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 O you who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth! 7 You who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground
8 He who made the Plei'ades and Orion, and turns deep darkness into the morning, and darkens the day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the surface 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 who makes destruction flash forth against the strong, so that destruction comes upon the fortress. 9 he flashes destruction on the stronghold and brings the fortified city to ruin),
10 They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth. 10 you hate the one who reproves in court and despise him who tells the truth.
11 Therefore because you trample upon the poor and take from him exactions of wheat, you have built houses of hewn stone, but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall not drink their wine. 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 how many are your transgressions, and how great are your sins--you who afflict the righteous, who take a bribe, and turn aside the needy in the gate. 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 he who is prudent will keep silent in such a 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 you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said. 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 good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to 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 thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord: "In all the squares there shall be wailing; and in all the streets they shall say, 'Alas! alas!' They shall call the farmers to mourning and to wailing those who are skilled in lamentation, 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 there shall be wailing, for I will pass through the midst of you," says the LORD. 17 There will be wailing in all the vineyards, for I will pass through your midst," says the LORD.