1:1 The words of Amos, who was among the herdsmen 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.
1:2 And 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.
1:3 Thus said 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:
1:4 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour
the palaces of Benhadad.
1:5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from
the plain of Aven, and him that holds the scepter from the house of Eden:
and the people of Syria shall go into captivity to Kir, said the LORD.
1:6 Thus said 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 to Edom:
1:7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the
1:8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holds the
scepter from Ashkelon, and I will turn my hand against Ekron: and the remnant
of the Philistines shall perish, said the Lord GOD.
1:9 Thus said 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:
1:10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the
1:11 Thus said 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:
1:12 But I will send a fire on Teman, which shall devour the palaces of
1:13 Thus said 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
1:14 But 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:
1:15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together,
said the LORD.
2:1 Thus said 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:
2:2 But I will send a fire on Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of
Kirioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound
of the trumpet:
2:3 And I will cut off the judge from the middle thereof, and will slay
all the princes thereof with him, said the LORD.
2:4 Thus said 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:
2:5 But I will send a fire on Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of
2:6 Thus said 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;
2:7 That 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 to
the same maid, to profane my holy name:
2:8 And they lay themselves down on clothes laid to pledge by every altar,
and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
2:9 Yet 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.
2:10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years
through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.
2:11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for
Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O you children of Israel? said the LORD.
2:12 But you gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets,
saying, Prophesy not.
2:13 Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full
2:14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall
not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
2:15 Neither shall he stand that handles the bow; and he that is swift
of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rides the horse
2:16 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in
that day, said the LORD.
3:1 Hear this word that the LORD has spoken against you, O children of
Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt,
3:2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I
will punish you for all your iniquities.
3:3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
3:4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? will a young lion
cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?
3:5 Can a bird fall in a snare on the earth, where no gin is for him?
shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
3:6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid?
shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD has not done it?
3:7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he reveals his secret to his
servants the prophets.
3:8 The lion has roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD has spoken, who
can but prophesy?
3:9 Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of
Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria, and behold
the great tumults in the middle thereof, and the oppressed in the middle
3:10 For they know not to do right, said the LORD, who store up violence
and robbery in their palaces.
3:11 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD; An adversary there shall be even
round about the land; and he shall bring down your strength from you, and
your palaces shall be spoiled.
3:12 Thus said the LORD; As the shepherd takes 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.
3:13 Hear you, and testify in the house of Jacob, said the Lord GOD, the
God of hosts,
3:14 That in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel on
him I will also visit the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altar
shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.
3:15 And 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, said the
4:1 Hear this word, you cows 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.
4:2 The Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness, that, see, the days shall come
on you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with
4:3 And you shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which is before
her; and you shall cast them into the palace, said the LORD.
4:4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and
bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:
4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and
publish the free offerings: for this likes you, O you children of Israel,
said the Lord GOD.
4:6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and
want of bread in all your places: yet have you not returned to me, said
4:7 And also I have withheld the rain from you, when there were yet three
months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain on one city, and caused
it not to rain on another city: one piece was rained on, and the piece
whereupon it rained not withered.
4:8 So two or three cities wandered to one city, to drink water; but they
were not satisfied: yet have you not returned to me, said the LORD.
4:9 I 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 you not returned to me, said the LORD.
4:10 I 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 to your nostrils: yet
have you not returned to me, said the LORD.
4:11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
and you were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have you not
returned to me, said the LORD.
4:12 Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel: and because I will do this
to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.
4:13 For, see, he that forms the mountains, and creates the wind, and declares
to man what is his thought, that makes the morning darkness, and treads
on the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.
5:1 Hear you this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation,
O house of Israel.
5:2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken
on her land; there is none to raise her up.
5:3 For thus said 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.
5:4 For thus said the LORD to the house of Israel, Seek you me, and you
5:5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba:
for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nothing.
5:6 Seek the LORD, and you 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.
5:7 You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the
5:8 Seek him that makes the seven stars and Orion, and turns the shadow
of death into the morning, and makes the day dark with night: that calls
for the waters of the sea, and pours them out on the face of the earth:
The LORD is his name:
5:9 That strengthens the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled
shall come against the fortress.
5:10 They hate him that rebukes in the gate, and they abhor him that speaks
5:11 For as much therefore as your treading is on the poor, and you take
from him burdens of wheat: you have built houses of hewn stone, but you
shall not dwell in them; you have planted pleasant vineyards, but you shall
not drink wine of them.
5:12 For 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.
5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an
5:14 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live: and so the LORD, the God
of hosts, shall be with you, as you have spoken.
5:15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate:
it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious to the remnant of
5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD, said thus; Wailing
shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas!
alas! and they shall call the farmer to mourning, and such as are
skillful of lamentation to wailing.
5:17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through you,
said the LORD.
5:18 Woe to 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.
5:19 As 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.
5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very
dark, and no brightness in it?
5:21 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn
5:22 Though you offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will
not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat
5:23 Take you away from me the noise of your songs; for I will not hear
the melody of your viols.
5:24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty
5:25 Have you offered to me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness
forty years, O house of Israel?
5:26 But you have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images,
the star of your god, which you made to yourselves.
5:27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, said
the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.
6:1 Woe 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
6:2 Pass you to Calneh, and see; and from there go you 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?
6:3 You that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence
to come near;
6:4 That lie on beds of ivory, and stretch themselves on their couches,
and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the middle of
6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments
of music, like David;
6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments:
but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph.
6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive,
and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.
6:8 The Lord GOD has sworn by himself, said 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.
6:9 And it shall come to pass, if there remain ten men in one house, that
they shall die.
6:10 And a man's uncle shall take him up, and he that burns him, to bring
out the bones out of the house, and shall say to him that is by the sides
of the house, Is there yet any with you? and he shall say, No. Then shall
he say, Hold your tongue: for we may not make mention of the name of the
6:11 For, behold, the LORD commands, and he will smite the great house
with breaches, and the little house with clefts.
6:12 Shall horses run on the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for you
have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock:
6:13 You which rejoice in a thing of nothing, which say, Have we not taken
to us horns by our own strength?
6:14 But, behold, I will raise up against you a nation, O house of Israel,
said the LORD the God of hosts; and they shall afflict you from the entering
in of Hemath to the river of the wilderness.
7:1 Thus has the Lord GOD showed to me; and, behold, he formed grasshoppers
in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter growth; and, see, it
was the latter growth after the king's mowings.
7:2 And 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 you: by whom shall
Jacob arise? for he is small.
7:3 The LORD repented for this: It shall not be, said the LORD.
7:4 Thus has the Lord GOD showed to me: and, behold, the Lord GOD called
to contend by fire, and it devoured the great deep, and did eat up a part.
7:5 Then said I, O Lord GOD, cease, I beseech you: by whom shall Jacob
arise? for he is small.
7:6 The LORD repented for this: This also shall not be, said the Lord GOD.
7:7 Thus he showed me: and, behold, the LORD stood on a wall made by a
plumb line, with a plumb line in his hand.
7:8 And the LORD said to me, Amos, what see you? And I said, A plumb line.
Then said the LORD, Behold, I will set a plumb line in the middle of my
people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:
7:9 And 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.
7:10 Then Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent to Jeroboam king of Israel,
saying, Amos has conspired against you in the middle of the house of Israel:
the land is not able to bear all his words.
7:11 For thus Amos said, Jeroboam shall die by the sword, and Israel shall
surely be led away captive out of their own land.
7:12 Also Amaziah said to Amos, O you seer, go, flee you away into the
land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there:
7:13 But prophesy not again any more at Bethel: for it is the king's chapel,
and it is the king's court.
7:14 Then answered Amos, and said to Amaziah, I was no prophet, neither
was I a prophet's son; but I was an herdsman, and a gatherer of sycomore
7:15 And the LORD took me as I followed the flock, and the LORD said to
me, Go, prophesy to my people Israel.
7:16 Now therefore hear you the word of the LORD: You say, Prophesy not
against Israel, and drop not your word against the house of Isaac.
7:17 Therefore thus said the LORD; Your wife shall be an harlot in the
city, and your sons and your daughters shall fall by the sword, and your
land shall be divided by line; and you shall die in a polluted land: and
Israel shall surely go into captivity forth of his land.
8:1 Thus has the Lord GOD showed to me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.
8:2 And he said, Amos, what see you? And I said, A basket of summer fruit.
Then said the LORD to me, The end is come on my people of Israel; I will
not again pass by them any more.
8:3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, said the
Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast
them forth with silence.
8:4 Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of
the land to fail,
8:5 Saying, 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 deceit?
8:6 That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes;
yes, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
8:7 The LORD has sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never
forget any of their works.
8:8 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwells
therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out
and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.
8:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, said the Lord GOD, that I will
cause the sun to go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in the clear
8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into
lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth on all loins, and baldness on
every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the
end thereof as a bitter day.
8:11 Behold, the days come, said 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:
8:12 And 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.
8:13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.
8:14 They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Your god, O Dan, lives;
and, The manner of Beersheba lives; even they shall fall, and never rise
9:1 I saw the LORD standing on 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 flees of
them shall not flee away, and he that escapes of them shall not be delivered.
9:2 Though they dig into hell, there shall my hand take them; though they
climb up to heaven, there will I bring them down:
9:3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search
and take them out there; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom
of the sea, there will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:
9:4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, there will
I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set my eyes on
them for evil, and not for good.
9:5 And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that touches 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 of Egypt.
9:6 It is he that builds his stories in the heaven, and has founded his
troop in the earth; he that calls for the waters of the sea, and pours
them out on the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.
9:7 Are you not as children of the Ethiopians to me, O children of Israel?
said the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and
the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
9:8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord GOD are on 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, said the LORD.
9:9 For, see, 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 on the earth.
9:10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The
evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.
9:11 In 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:
9:12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen,
which are called by my name, said the LORD that does this.
9:13 Behold, the days come, said the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake
the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that sows seed; and the mountains
shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.
9:14 And 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
9:15 And I will plant them on their land, and they shall no more be pulled
up out of their land which I have given them, said the LORD your God.