A vision of summer fruit
1This is what the Lord God showed me: a basket of summer fruit. 2He said, "Amos, what do you see?"
I said, "A basket of summer fruit."
Then the Lord said to me,
"The end has come upon my people Israel;
I will never again forgive them.
3On that day, the people will wail the temple songs,"
says the Lord God;
"there will be many corpses,
thrown about everywhere.#Heb uncertain
Judgment on oppressors and hypocrites
4Hear this, you who trample on the needy and destroy
the poor of the land,
"When will the new moon
be over so that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath
so that we may offer wheat for sale,
make the ephah smaller, enlarge the shekel,
and deceive with false balances,
6in order to buy the needy for silver
and the helpless for sandals,
and sell garbage as grain?"
7The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob:
Surely I will never forget what they have done.
8Will not the land tremble on this account,
and all who live in it mourn,
as it rises and overflows like the Nile,
and then falls again, like the River of Egypt?#Heb uncertain
9On that day, says the Lord God,
I will make the sun go down at noon,
and I will darken the earth in broad daylight.
10I will turn your feasts into sad affairs
and all your singing into a funeral song;
I will make people wear mourning clothes
and shave their heads;
I will make it like the loss of an only child,
and the end of it like a bitter day.
11The days are surely coming, says the Lord God,
when I will send hunger and thirst on the land;
neither a hunger for bread, nor a thirst for water,
but of hearing the Lord ’s words.
12They will wander from sea to sea,
and from north to east;
they will roam all around, seeking the Lord’s word,
but they won’t find it.
13On that day the beautiful young women and the young men
will faint with thirst.
14Those who swear by the guilt of Samaria,
and say, "As your god lives, Dan,"
and, "As the way of Beer-sheba lives"—
even they will fall and never rise again.