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Amos 8

Basket of Fruit and Israel's Captivity

1 Thus the Lord GOD showed me, and behold, there was a basket of summer fruit.
2 He said, "What do you see, Amos?" And 1I said, "A basket of summer fruit." Then the LORD said to me, "The 2end has come for My people Israel. I will 3spare them no longer *.
3 "The 4songs of the palace will turn to 5wailing in that day," declares the Lord GOD. "Many will be the 6corpses; in every place they will cast them forth in silence."
4 Hear this, you who 7trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land,
5 saying, "When will the 8new moon be over, So that we may sell grain, And the 9sabbath, that we may open the wheat market, To make the bushel smaller and the shekel bigger, And to 10cheat with dishonest scales,
6 So as to 11buy the helpless for money And the needy for a pair of sandals, And that we may sell the refuse of the wheat?"
7 The LORD has 12sworn by the 13pride of Jacob, "Indeed, I will 14never * forget any of their deeds.
8 "Because of this will not the land 15quake And everyone who dwells in it 16mourn? Indeed, all of it will 17rise up like the Nile, And it will be tossed about And subside like the Nile of Egypt.
9 "It will come about in that day," declares the Lord GOD, "That I will make the 18sun go down at noon And 19make the earth dark in broad daylight *.
10 "Then I will 20turn your festivals into mourning And all your songs into lamentation; And I will bring 21sackcloth on everyone's loins And baldness on every head. And I will make it 22like a time of mourning for an only son, And the end of it will be like a bitter day.
11 "Behold, days are coming," declares the Lord GOD, "When I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water, But rather * 23for hearing the words of the LORD.
12 "People will stagger from sea to sea And from the north even to the east; They will go to and fro to 24seek the word of the LORD, But they will not find it.
13 "In that day the beautiful 25virgins And the young men will 26faint from thirst.
14 "As for those who swear by the 27guilt of Samaria, Who say, 'As your god lives, O 28Dan,' And, 'As the way of 29Beersheba lives,' They will fall and 30not rise again."
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