Fourth Vision: A Basket of Summer Fruit
1The Lord God showed me this: A basket of summer fruit. 2He asked me, “What do you see, Amos? ” # Am 7:8
I replied, “A basket of summer fruit.” # Jr 24:3
The Lord said to me, “The end has come for My people Israel; # Ezk 7:2-3,6 I will no longer spare them. # Am 7:8 3In that day the temple # Or palace songs # Am 5:23; 6:4-5 will become wailing” # Am 5:16 — this is the Lord God’s declaration. “Many dead bodies, thrown everywhere! # Is 34:3; Jr 33:5; Nah 3:3 Silence! ” # Am 6:10
4Hear this, you who trample on the needy # Am 2:7; 5:11-12
and do away with the poor of the land, # Is 10:2
5asking, “When will the New Moon be over
so we may sell grain, # Nm 28:11; 2Kg 4:23
and the Sabbath,
so we may market wheat? # Ex 31:13-17
We can reduce the measure
while increasing the price # Lit reduce the ephah and make the shekel great
and cheat with dishonest scales. # Dt 25:13-15; Pr 20:23; Hs 12:7
6We can buy the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals # Am 2:6
and even sell the chaff! ”
7The Lord has sworn # Am 4:2; 6:8 by the Pride of Jacob: # = the Lord or the promised land # Dt 33:26,29; Ps 47:4
I will never forget all their deeds. # Ps 10:11; Hs 7:2; 8:13
8Because of this, won’t the land quake # Ps 18:7; 60:2; Is 5:25; Am 1:1
and all who dwell in it mourn? # Hs 4:3
All of it will rise like the Nile; # Jr 46:7-8
it will surge and then subside
like the Nile in Egypt. # Am 9:5
9And in that day —
this is the declaration of the Lord God
I will make the sun go down at noon; # Is 13:10; Ezk 32:7; Jl 2:10,31
I will darken the land in the daytime. # Is 59:9-10; Am 4:13; 5:8; Mt 27:45
10I will turn your feasts into mourning # Jb 20:23; Am 5:21
and all your songs into lamentation; # Lm 5:15; Hs 2:11; Jms 4:9
I will cause everyone # Lit every loin to wear sackcloth # Ezk 7:18
and every head to be shaved. # Is 22:12; Jr 48:37; Ezk 7:18
I will make that grief
like mourning for an only son # Zch 12:10-14
and its outcome like a bitter day.
11Hear this! The days are coming —
this is the declaration of the Lord God
when I will send a famine through the land:
not a famine of bread or a thirst for water,
but of hearing the words of the Lord. # Mc 3:6-7
12People will stagger from sea to sea
and roam from north to east,
seeking the word of the Lord, # Ezk 20:3,31
but they will not find it.
13In that day the beautiful young women, # Lm 1:18; 2:21
the young men also, will faint from thirst. # Is 41:17; Hs 2:3
14Those who swear by the guilt of Samaria # Hs 8:5
and say, “As your god lives, Dan,” # 1Kg 12:28-29
or “As the way # LXX reads god # Or power of Beer-sheba lives” # Am 5:5
they will fall, never to rise again. # Am 5:2; Jr 25:27