'Amos (Amo) 8
1Here is what Adonai Elohim showed me: there in front of me was a basket of summer fruit. 2He asked, “‘Amos, what do you see?” I answered, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then Adonai said to me,
“The end has come for my people,
I will never again overlook their offenses.
3When that time comes, the songs in the temple
will be wailings,” says Adonai Elohim.
“There will be many dead bodies;
everywhere silence will reign.”
4Listen, you who swallow the needy
and destroy the poor of the land!
5You say, “When will Rosh-Hodesh be over,
so we can market our grain?
and Shabbat, so we can sell wheat?”
You measure the grain in a small eifah,
but the silver in heavy shekels,
fixing the scales, so that you can cheat,
6buying the needy for money
and the poor for a pair of shoes,
and sweeping up the refuse of the wheat to sell!”
7Adonai swears by Ya‘akov’s pride,
“I will forget none of their deeds, ever.
8Won’t the land tremble for this,
and everyone mourn, who lives in the land?
It will all rise, just like the Nile,
be in turmoil and subside, like the Nile in Egypt.
9“When that time comes,” says Adonai Elohim,
“I will make the sun go down at noon
and darken the earth in broad daylight.
10I will turn your festivals into mourning
and all your songs into wailing;
I will make you all put sackcloth around your waists
and shave your heads bald in grief.
I will make it like mourning for an only son
and its end like a bitter day.
11“The time is coming,” says Adonai Elohim,
“when I will send famine over the land,
not a famine of bread or a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of Adonai.
12People will stagger from sea to sea
and from north to east, running back and forth,
seeking the word of Adonai;
but they will not find it.
13When that time comes, young women and men
will faint from thirst.
14Those who swear by the sin of Shomron,
who say, ‘As your god, Dan, lives,’
and, ‘As the way of Be’er-Sheva lives’ —
they will fall and never get up again.”
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