Amos prophesies the downfall of Israel—There will be a famine of hearing the word of the Lord.
Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.
And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord
unto me, The aend
is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again bpass
by them any more.
And 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.
¶ Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,
Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the asabbath
, that we may set forth wheat, making the bephah
small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the cbalances
That we may abuy
the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea,
and sell the refuse of the wheat?
hath sworn by the aexcellency
of Jacob, Surely I will never bforget
any of their works.
Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one amourn
that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall bbe
cast out and drowned, as by
the flood of Egypt.
And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God
, that I will cause the asun
to go down at noon, and I will bdarken
in the clear day:
And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into alamentation
; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and bbaldness
upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an conly son,
and the end thereof as a bitter day.
¶ Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God
, that I will send a famine in the land, not a afamine
of bread, nor a bthirst
for water, but of hearing the cwords
of the Lord
And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall arun
to and fro to seek the word of the Lord
, and shall not find it.
In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
They that aswear
by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O bDan
, liveth; and, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.