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Amos 5 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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A Lament for Israel
A Call to Repentance
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:1 - Hear this word which I take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel:
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:2 - The virgin of Israel has fallen;
She will rise no more.
She lies forsaken on her land;
There is no one to raise her up.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:3 - For thus says the Lord GOD:

“The city that goes out by a thousand
Shall have a hundred left,
And that which goes out by a hundred
Shall have ten left to the house of Israel.”
A Call to Repentance
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:4 - For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel:

“Seek Me and live;
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:5 - But do not seek Bethel,
Nor enter Gilgal,
Nor pass over to Beersheba;
For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,
And Bethel shall come to nothing.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:6 - Seek the LORD and live,
Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
And devour it,
With no one to quench it in Bethel—
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:7 - You who turn justice to wormwood,
And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!”
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:8 - He made the Pleiades and Orion;
He turns the shadow of death into morning
And makes the day dark as night;
He calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the face of the earth;
The LORD is His name.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:9 - He rains ruin upon the strong,
So that fury comes upon the fortress.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:10 - They hate the one who rebukes in the gate,
And they abhor the one who speaks uprightly.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:11 - Therefore, because you tread down the poor
And take grain taxes from him,
Though you have built houses of hewn stone,
Yet you shall not dwell in them;
You have planted pleasant vineyards,
But you shall not drink wine from them.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:12 - For I know your manifold transgressions
And your mighty sins:
Afflicting the just and taking bribes;
Diverting the poor from justice at the gate.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:13 - Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time,
For it is an evil time.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:14 - Seek good and not evil,
That you may live;
So the LORD God of hosts will be with you,
As you have spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:15 - Hate evil, love good;
Establish justice in the gate.
It may be that the LORD God of hosts
Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
The Day of the LORD
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:16 - Therefore the LORD God of hosts, the Lord, says this:

There shall be wailing in all streets,
And they shall say in all the highways,
‘Alas! Alas!’
They shall call the farmer to mourning,
And skillful lamenters to wailing.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:17 - In all vineyards there shall be wailing,
For I will pass through you,”
Says the LORD.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:18 - Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD!
For what good is the day of the LORD to you?
It will be darkness, and not light.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:19 - It will be as though a man fled from a lion,
And a bear met him!
Or as though he went into the house,
Leaned his hand on the wall,
And a serpent bit him!
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:20 - Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light?
Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:21 - “I hate, I despise your feast days,
And I do not savor your sacred assemblies.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:22 - Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
I will not accept them,
Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:23 - Take away from Me the noise of your songs,
For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:24 - But let justice run down like water,
And righteousness like a mighty stream.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:25 - “Did you offer Me sacrifices and offerings
In the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:26 - You also carried Sikkuth[fn] your king[fn]
And Chiun,[fn] your idols,
The star of your gods,
Which you made for yourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxAmo 5:27 - Therefore I will send you into captivity beyond Damascus,”
Says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.
NKJV Footnotes
A pagan deity
Septuagint and Vulgate read tabernacle of Moloch.
A pagan deity

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