Amos 4
Social and Spiritual Corruption
1Listen to this message, you cows of Bashan # Ps 22:12; Ezk 39:18
who are on the hill of Samaria,
women who oppress the poor
and crush the needy, # Ex 23:3,6; Lv 19:15; 25:35; Dt 15:4-11; Am 5:11; 8:6
who say to their husbands,
“Bring us something to drink.” # Am 2:8; 6:6
2The Lord God has sworn # Am 6:8; 8:7 by His holiness: # Ps 89:35
Look, the days are coming # Lit coming on you
when you will be taken away with hooks, # Is 37:29; Ezk 38:4
every last one of you with fishhooks. # 2Kg 19:28; 2Ch 33:10-11
3You will go through breaches in the wall, # Jr 52:7
each woman straight ahead,
and you will be driven along toward Harmon.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
4Come to Bethel and rebel;
rebel even more at Gilgal! # Am 5:5
Bring your sacrifices every morning, # Am 5:21-22
your tenths every three days.
5Offer leavened bread as a thank offering, # Lv 7:12
and loudly proclaim your freewill offerings, # Lv 22:18-21
for that is what you Israelites love to do! # Jr 7:9-10; Hs 9:1,10
This is the Lord’s declaration.
God’s Discipline and Israel’s Apostasy
6I gave you absolutely nothing to eat # Lit you cleanness of teeth # Is 3:1; Jr 14:18
in all your cities,
a shortage of food in all your communities,
yet you did not return to Me. # Is 9:13; Jr 5:3; Hg 2:17
This is the Lord’s declaration.
7I also withheld the rain from you # Jr 3:1-3; 5:23-25
while there were still three months until harvest.
I sent rain on one city
but no rain on another. # Ex 9:4,26; 10:22-23
One field received rain
while a field with no rain withered. # Lv 26:18-19; Jl 1:10-12
8Two or three cities staggered
to another city to drink water # 1Kg 18:5; Jr 14:4
but were not satisfied, # Ezk 4:16; Hg 1:6
yet you did not return # Jr 3:7 to Me.
This is the Lord’s declaration.
9I struck you with blight and mildew; # Dt 28:22; Hg 2:17
the locust devoured # Jl 1:4; Am 7:1-2
your many gardens and vineyards,
your fig trees and olive trees, # Dt 28:38-42; Jl 1:4-7,12
yet you did not return to Me. # Jr 3:10
This is the Lord’s declaration.
10I sent plagues like those of Egypt; # Ex 11:4-5; Dt 28:27,60
I killed your young men with the sword, # Jr 11:22; 18:21; 48:15
along with your captured horses. # 2Kg 13:3,7
I caused the stench of your camp
to fill your nostrils, # Is 34:3
yet you did not return to Me. # Is 9:13
This is the Lord’s declaration.
11I overthrew some of you
as I # Lit God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, # Gn 19:24-25
and you were like a burning stick
snatched from a fire, # Zch 3:1-2
yet you did not return to Me # Is 9:13
this is the Lord’s declaration.
12Therefore, Israel, that is what I will do to you,
and since I will do that to you,
Israel, prepare to meet your God! # Is 32:11; 64:2; Jr 5:22
13He is here:
the One who forms the mountains, # Jb 38:4-7; Ps 65:6; Is 40:12
creates the wind, # Ps 135:7
and reveals His # Or his thoughts to man, # Ps 139:2; Dn 2:30
the One who makes the dawn out of darkness
and strides on the heights of the earth. # Mc 1:3
Yahweh, the God of Hosts, is His name. # Am 5:8-9,27; 9:5-6

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