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Amos 8

English Standard Version

1 This is what the Lord God showed me: behold, a basket of summer fruit. (Am 7:1) 2 And he said, “Amos, what do you see?” And I said, “A basket of summer fruit.” Then the Lord said to me, “The end[1] has come upon my people Israel; I will never again pass by them. (Jer 24:1; La 4:18; Am 7:8; Mic 7:1) 3 The songs of the temple[2] shall become wailings[3] in that day,” declares the Lord God. “So many dead bodies!” “They are thrown everywhere!” “Silence!” (Jer 16:4; Jer 16:6; Jer 47:2; Am 5:23; Am 6:9; Am 6:10) 4 Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end, (Ps 14:4) 5 saying, “When will the new moon be over, that we may sell grain? And the Sabbath, that we may offer wheat for sale, that we may make the ephah small and the shekel[4] great and deal deceitfully with false balances, (Nu 28:11; Ne 13:15; Eze 45:10; Ho 12:7; Mic 6:10) 6 that we may buy the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals and sell the chaff of the wheat?” (Am 2:6) 7 The Lord has sworn by the pride of Jacob: “Surely I will never forget any of their deeds. (Ho 8:13; Ho 9:9; Am 6:8) 8 Shall not the land tremble on this account, and everyone mourn who dwells in it, and all of it rise like the Nile, and be tossed about and sink again, like the Nile of Egypt?” (Ho 4:3; Am 9:5; Zec 10:11) 9 “And on that day,” declares the Lord God, “I will make the sun go down at noon and darken the earth in broad daylight. (Jer 15:9; Am 4:13; Am 5:8; Mic 3:6; Mt 24:29) 10 I will turn your feasts into mourning and all your songs into lamentation; I will bring sackcloth on every waist and baldness on every head; I will make it like the mourning for an only son and the end of it like a bitter day. (Isa 3:24; Jer 6:26; Jer 7:34; Jer 16:9; Ho 2:11; Zec 12:10) 11 “Behold, the days are coming,” declares the Lord God, “when I will send a famine on the land— not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. (Ps 74:9; Pr 29:18; Isa 8:20; Mic 3:7) 12 They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord, but they shall not find it. (Am 4:8; Am 8:11) 13 “In that day the lovely virgins and the young men shall faint for thirst. (Isa 51:20; Jon 4:8) 14 Those who swear by the Guilt of Samaria, and say, ‘As your god lives, O Dan,’ and, ‘As the Way of Beersheba lives,’ they shall fall, and never rise again.” (De 9:21; 1Ki 12:29; Ho 10:8; Am 5:5; Ac 9:2)