This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me:1 a basket of ripe fruit.
"What do you see,2 Amos?3" he asked. "A basket4 of ripe fruit," I answered. Then the LORD said to me, "The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.5
"In that day," declares the Sovereign LORD, "the songs in the temple will turn to wailing.6 Many, many bodies--flung everywhere! Silence!7"
Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor8 of the land,9
saying, "When will the New Moon10 be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market11 wheat?"12-- skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating13 with dishonest scales,14
buying the poor15 with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.16
The LORD has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob:17 "I will never forget18 anything they have done.19
"Will not the land tremble20 for this, and all who live in it mourn? The whole land will rise like the Nile; it will be stirred up and then sink like the river of Egypt.21
"In that day," declares the Sovereign LORD, "I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight.22
I will turn your religious festivals23 into mourning and all your singing into weeping.24 I will make all of you wear sackcloth25 and shave26 your heads. I will make that time like mourning for an only son27 and the end of it like a bitter day.28
"The days are coming,"29 declares the Sovereign LORD, "when I will send a famine through the land-- not a famine of food or a thirst for water, but a famine30 of hearing the words of the LORD.31
People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, searching for the word of the LORD, but they will not find it.32
"In that day "the lovely young women and strong young men33 will faint because of thirst.34
Those who swear by the sin of Samaria35-- who say, 'As surely as your god lives, Dan,'36 or, 'As surely as the god of Beersheba37 lives'-- they will fall,38 never to rise again.39"