« Amos 1 »
King James Bible
Judgment on Israel's Neighbors
(2 Kings 16:10-18; 2 Chronicles 28:16-21)
1The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen of Tekoa, which he saw concerning Israel in the
days of Uzziah king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash king of Israel, two
years before the earthquake.
2And he said, The LORD will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations
of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
3Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away [the
punishment] thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron:
4But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Benhadad.
5I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him
that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity
unto Kir, saith the LORD.
6Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away [the
punishment] thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver [them] up
7But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:
8And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and
I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord
9Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away [the
punishment] thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not
the brotherly covenant:
10But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.
11Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away [the
punishment] thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity,
and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever:
12But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.
13Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not
turn away [the punishment] thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead,
that they might enlarge their border:
14But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting
in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind:
15And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD.
« Amos 2 »
King James Bible
Judgment on Moab, Judah and Israel
1Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away [the
punishment] thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:
2But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kerioth: and Moab shall die
with tumult, with shouting, [and] with the sound of the trumpet:
3And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him,
saith the LORD.
4Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away [the
punishment] thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his
commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:
5But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.
6Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away [the
punishment] thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
7That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek:
and a man and his father will go in unto the [same] maid, to profane my holy name:
8And they lay [themselves] down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the
wine of the condemned [in] the house of their god.
The Ingratitude of Israel
9Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height [was] like the height of the cedars, and he
[was] strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
10Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to
possess the land of the Amorite.
11And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. [Is it] not even
thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the LORD.
12But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.
13Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed [that is] full of sheaves.
14Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force,
neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
15Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and [he that is] swift of foot shall not deliver
[himself]: neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.
16And [he that is] courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.
« Amos 3 »
King James Bible
Witnesses against Israel
1Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole
family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,
2You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your
3Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
4Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have
5Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin [is] for him? shall [one] take up a snare
from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
6Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and
the LORD hath not done [it]?
7Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
8The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
9Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble
yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great tumults in the midst thereof, and
the oppressed in the midst thereof. 10For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up
violence and robbery in their palaces.
11Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; An adversary [there shall be] even round about the land; and
he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.
12Thus saith the LORD; As the shepherd taketh out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of
an ear; so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and
in Damascus [in] a couch.
13Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts,
14That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him I will also visit the altars of
Bethel: and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.
15And I will smite the winter house with the summer house; and the houses of ivory shall perish,
and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD.
« Amos 4 »
King James Bible
Punishment Brings No Repentance
1Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that [are] in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor,
which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.
2The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take
you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.
3And ye shall go out at the breaches, every [cow at that which is] before her; and ye shall cast
[them] into the palace, saith the LORD.
4Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every
morning, [and] your tithes after three years:
5And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim [and] publish the free offerings: for
this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
6And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places:
yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
7And also I have withholden the rain from you, when [there were] yet three months to the harvest:
and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was
rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.
8So two [or] three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet
have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
9I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig
trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured [them]: yet have ye not returned
unto me, saith the LORD.
10I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain
with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to
come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
11I have overthrown [some] of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a
firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
12Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: [and] because I will do this unto thee, prepare to
meet thy God, O Israel.
13For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what [is]
his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth,
The LORD, The God of hosts, [is] his name.
« Amos 5 »
King James Bible
A Lament for Israel
1Hear ye this word which I take up against you, [even] a lamentation, O house of Israel.
2The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; [there is] none
to raise her up.
3For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out [by] a thousand shall leave an hundred, and
that which went forth [by] an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel.
A Call to Repentance
(Joel 1:13-20; Zephaniah 2:1-3; Luke 13:1-5)
4For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
5But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into
captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.
6Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour [it],
and [there be] none to quench [it] in Bethel.
7Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
8[Seek him] that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the
morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth
them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD [is] his name:
9That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the
10They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
11Forasmuch therefore as your treading [is] upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of
wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted
pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
12For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a
bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate [from their right].
13Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it [is] an evil time.
14Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you,
as ye have spoken.
15Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD
God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
The Coming Judgment
16Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing [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.
17And in all vineyards [shall be] wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.
18Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD
[is] darkness, and not light.
19As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand
on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
20[Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness
21I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
22Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept [them]: neither will
I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
23Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
24But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
25Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
26But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god,
which ye made to yourselves. 27Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus,
saith the LORD, whose name [is] The God of hosts.
« Amos 6 »
King James Bible
Woe to the Complacent in Zion
1Woe to them [that are] at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, [which are] named
chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!
2Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath
of the Philistines: [be they] better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border?
3Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near;
4That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of
the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall;
5That chant to the sound of the viol, [and] invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David;
6That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved
for the affliction of Joseph.
7Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that
stretched themselves shall be removed.
The Pride of Israel
8The Lord GOD hath sworn by himself, saith the LORD the God of hosts, I abhor the excellency of
Jacob, and hate his palaces: therefore will I deliver up the city with all that is therein.
9And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die. 10And a man's
uncle shall take him up, and he that burneth him, to bring out the bones out of the house, and
shall say unto him that [is] by the sides of the house, [Is there] yet [any] with thee? and he shall
say, No. Then shall he say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the
LORD. 11For, behold, the LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and
the little house with clefts.
12Shall horses run upon the rock? will [one] plow [there] with oxen? for ye have turned judgment
into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock:
13Ye which rejoice in a thing of nought, which say, Have we not taken to us horns by our own
14But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel, saith the LORD the God of
hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering in of Hemath unto the river of the wilderness.
« Amos 7 »
King James Bible
The Locusts, Fire, and Plumbline
1Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers in the beginning
of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, lo, [it was] the latter growth after the king's mowings.
2And it came to pass, [that] when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, then I
said, O Lord GOD, forgive, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he [is] small.
3The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, saith the LORD.
4Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called to contend by fire,
and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.
5Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech thee: by whom shall Jacob arise? for he [is] small.
6The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, saith the Lord GOD.
7Thus he shewed me: and, behold, the Lord stood upon a wall [made] by a plumbline, with a
plumbline in his hand.
8And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord,
Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any
9And the high places of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste;
and I will rise against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
Amaziah Accuses Amos
10Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, Amos hath conspired
against thee in the midst of the house of Israel: the land is not able to bear all his words. 11For
thus Amos saith, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall surely be led away captive out
of their own land. 12Also Amaziah said unto Amos, O thou seer, go, flee thee away into the land of
Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there: 13But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for
it [is] the king's chapel, and it [is] the king's court.
14Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I [was] no prophet, neither [was] I a prophet's son;
but I [was] an herdman, and a gatherer of sycomore fruit: 15And the LORD took me as I followed
the flock, and the LORD said unto me, Go, prophesy unto my people Israel. 16Now therefore hear
thou the word of the LORD: Thou sayest, Prophesy not against Israel, and drop not [thy word]
against the house of Isaac. 17Therefore thus saith the LORD; Thy wife shall be an harlot in the city,
and thy sons and thy daughters shall fall by the sword, and thy land shall be divided by line; and
thou shalt die in a polluted land: and Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.
« Amos 8 »
King James Bible
The Basket of Ripe Fruit
1Thus hath the Lord GOD shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. 2And he said,
Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me, The
end is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. 3And the songs of
the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: [there shall be] many dead bodies in
every place; they shall cast [them] forth with silence.
4Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,
5Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the sabbath, that we may
set forth wheat, making the ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the balances by
6That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; [yea], and sell the refuse
of the wheat?
7The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works.
8Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up
wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as [by] the flood of Egypt.
9And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord GOD, that I will cause the sun to go down at
noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear day:
10And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up
sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an
only [son], and the end thereof as a bitter day.
11Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of
bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:
12And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and
fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find [it].
13In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
14They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O Dan, liveth; and, The manner of
Beersheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.
« Amos 9 »
King James Bible
The Destruction of Israel
1I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts
may shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword:
he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.
2Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven,
thence will I bring them down:
3And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and
though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and
he shall bite them:
4And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it
shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
5And the Lord GOD of hosts [is] he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell
therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as [by] the flood
6[It is] he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that
calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD [is]
7[Are] ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not
I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from
8Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD [are] upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the
face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.
9For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as [corn] is sifted
in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.
10All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor
The Restoration of Israel
11In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches
thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:
12That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my
name, saith the LORD that doeth this.
13Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the
treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills
14And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities,
and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make
gardens, and eat the fruit of them.
15And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which
I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.