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Amos 5:18-27 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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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.