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Amos 8

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.”#8:2 In Hb the word for summer fruit sounds like the word for end.#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#8:3 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#8:5 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:#8:7 = 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#8:10 Lit every waist 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.
11Look, 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#8:14 LXX reads god#8:14 Or power of Beer-sheba lives”#Am 5:5  —
they will fall, never to rise again.#Am 5:2; Jr 25:27

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