Amos 5 ©
1 A lamentation for Israel. 4 An exhortation to repentance. 21 God rejecteth their hypocritical service.
But iseek not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to jBeer-sheba: for kGilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el shall come to nought.
lSeek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like mfire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be nnone to quench it in Beth-el.
Seek him that maketh the pseven stars and Orion, and qturneth the shadow of death into the morning, and rmaketh the day dark with night: that scalleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:
That tstrengtheneth the 1spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.
*Forasmuch therefore as your wtreading is upon the poor, and ye take from him 2burdens of wheat: xye have built houses of *hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted 3pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
For yI know your zmanifold transgressions and your mighty sins: athey afflict the just, they btake 4a bribe, and cthey turn aside the poor din the gate from their right.
jHate the evil, and love the good, and kestablish judgment in the gate: lit may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the mremnant of Joseph.
Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; nWailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the *husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
Shall not the day of the LORD be tdarkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, vI will not accept them : neither will I regard the 6peace offerings of your fat beasts.
But xlet judgment 7run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
bTherefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is cThe God of hosts.