(The Scriptures)
The book of the Prophet Amos.
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These are the sermons that were shewed unto Amos (which was one of the shepherds at Thecua) upon Israel, in the time of Osiah king of Judah, and in the time of Jeroboam the son of Joah king of Israel, two year before the earthquake.
And he said: The LORD shall roar out of Sion, and shew his voice from Jerusalem: so that the pastures of the shepherds shall be in a miserable case, and the top of Charmel dried up.
Thus sayeth the LORD: for three and four wickednesses of Damascus, I will not spare her: because they have threshed Gilead with iron stales:
But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, the same shall consume the palaces of Benadab.
Thus will I break the bars of Damascus, and root out the inhabiter from the field of Aven, and him that holdeth the scepter, out of the pleasant house: so that the people shall be driven out of fair Syria, sayeth the LORD.
Thus sayeth the LORD: For three and four wickednesses of Gaza, I will not spare her: because they make the prisoners yet more captive, and have driven them into the land of Edom.
Therefore will I send a fire in to the walls of Gaza, which shall devour her|hir| houses.
I will root out them that dwell at Asdod, and him that holdeth the scepter of Ascalon, and stretch out mine hand over Accaron, that the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, sayeth the LORD.
Thus sayeth the LORD: For three and four wickednesses of the city of Tire, I will not spare her: because they have increased the captivity of the Edomites, and have not remembered the brotherly covenant.
Therefore will I send a fire into the walls of Tire, that shall consume her palaces.
Thus sayeth the LORD: For three and four wickednesses of Edom, I will not spare him, because he persecuted his brother with the sword, destroyed his mother's womb, bare hatred very long, and so kept indignation alway by him.
Therefore will I send a fire into Theman, which shall devour the palaces of Bosra.
Thus sayeth the LORD: For three and four wickednesses of the children of Ammon, I will not spare them: because they ripped|rypte| up the women great with child in Gilead, to make the borders of their lands the wider.
Therefore I will kindle a fire in the walls of Rabbath, that shall consume her palaces: with a great cry, in the day of battle, in tempest and in the day of storm:
So that their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, sayeth the LORD.
Thus sayeth the LORD: For three and four wickednesses of Moab, I will not spare him: because he brent the bones of the king of Edom to ashes.
Therefore will I send a fire into Moab, which shall consume the palaces of Carioth: so that Moab shall perish with a noise and the sound of a shawme:
I will root out the judge from among them, and slay all his princes with him, sayeth the LORD.
Thus sayeth the LORD: For three and four wickednesses of Judah, I will not spare him: because he hath cast aside the law of the LORD, and not kept his commandments: for why, they would needs be deceived with the lies, that their forefathers followed.
Therefore will I send a fire into Judah, which shall consume the palaces of Jerusalem.
Thus sayeth the LORD: For three and four wickednesses of Israel, I will not spare him: because he hath sold the righteous for money, and the poor for shoes.
They tread upon poor men's heads, in the dust of the earth, and crook the ways of the meek. The son and the father go to the harlot, to dishonour my holy name,
they lie beside every alter upon clothes taken to pledge, and in the house of their gods they drink the wine of the oppressed.
Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, that was as high as the Cedar trees, and as strong as the oaks: notwithstanding I destroyed his fruit from above and his root from under.
Again: I brought you out of the land of Egypt, and led you forty years thorow the wilderness, that ye might have the Amorites land in possession.
I raised up prophets among your children, and abstainers among your young men. Is it not so, O ye children of Israel? sayeth the LORD.
But ye gave the abstainers wine to drink, yea ye commanded the prophets, saying: Prophesy not.
Behold, I will crash you in sunder, like as a wain crasheth, that is full of sheaves:
so that the swift shall not escape, neither the strong be able to do anything: no, the giant shall not save his own life.
The archer shall not abide, and the swift of foot shall not escape. The horseman shall not save his life,
and he that is as manly of stomach as a giant, shall in that day be fain to run his way naked, sayeth the LORD.
Hear, what the LORD speaketh unto you (O ye children of Israel) namely, unto all the tribes, whom I brought out of Egypt, and said:
You only have I accepted from all the generations of the earth: therefore will I visit you in all your wickednesses.
May twain walk together except they be agreed among themselves?
Doth a lion roar in the woods, except he have prey? Or crieth a Lion's whelp out of his den, except he have gotten something?
Doth a bird fall in a snare upon the earth where no fouler is? Taketh a man his snare up from the ground, afore he catch somewhat?
Cry they out Alarum with the trumpet in the city, and the people not afraid? Cometh there any plague in a city without it be the LORD's doing?
Now doth the Lord GOD|LORDE God| no manner of thing, but he telleth his secret before unto his servants the prophets.
When a lion roareth, who will not be afraid? Seeing then that the Lord GOD|LORDE God| himself speaketh, who will not prophesy?
Preach in the palaces at Asded, and in the palaces of the land of Egypt, and say: Gather you together upon the mountains of Samaria, so shall ye see great murder and violent oppression among them, for why, they regard not the thing that is right,
sayeth the LORD: they gather together evil gotten goods, and lay up robbery in their houses.
Therefore thus sayeth the Lord GOD:|LORDE God| This land shall be troubled and besieged round about, thy strength shall be plucked|plucte| from thee, and thy palaces robbed.
Thus sayeth the LORD: like as an herdman taketh two legs or a piece of an ear out of the lion's mouth: Even so shall the children of Israel (that dwell in Samaria having their couches in the corner, and the beds at Damascus) shall be plucked|plucte| away.
Hear, and bear record in the house of Jacob (sayeth the Lord GOD|LORDE God| of hosts)
That when I begin to visit the wickedness of Israel, I will visit the alters at Bethel also: so that the horns of the alter shall be broken off, and fall to the ground.
As for the winter house and summer house, I will smite them down: and the houses of Ivory, yea and many other houses shall perish, and be destroyed, sayeth the LORD.
O hear this word, ye fat kine, that be upon the hill of Samaria, yea that do poor men wrong, and oppress the needy, yea that say to your lords: bring hither, let us drink.
Therefore the LORD hath sworn by his holiness: The days shall come upon you, that ye shall be lift up upon spears, and your posterity carried away in fisher's paniers.
Ye shall get you out at the gaps one after another, and in Armon shall ye be cast away, sayeth the LORD.
Ye came to Bethell for to work ungraciousness, and have increased your sins at Gilgal: ye brought your sacrifices in the morning, and your tithes unto the third day.
Ye made a thank offering of leaven, ye promised free will offerings, and proclaimed them. Such lust had ye, O ye children of Israel, sayeth the Lord GOD.|LORDE God|
Therefore have I given you idle teeth in all your cities, and scarceness of bread in all your places: yet will ye not turn unto me, sayeth the LORD.
When there were but three months unto the harvest, I withheld the rain from you: yea I rained upon one city, and not upon another, one piece of ground was moistured with rain, and the ground that I rained not upon, was dry.
Wherefore two, yea three cities came unto one, to drink water: but they were not satisfied, yet will ye not turn unto me, sayeth the LORD.
I have smitten you with drought and blasting: and look how many orchards, vineyards, fig trees, and olive trees ye had: the caterpillar hath eaten them up. But yet will ye not turn unto me, sayeth the LORD.
Pestilence have I sent among you, as I did in Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and caused your horses be taken captive: I made the stinking savour of your tents to come up into your nostrils: yet will ye not turn unto me, sayeth the LORD.
Some of you have I overthrown as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah: so that ye were as a brand plucked|plucte| out of the fire; yet will ye not turn unto me, sayeth the LORD.
Therefore thus will I handle thee again, O Israel, yea even thus will I handle thee. Make thee ready then to meet thy God, O Israel.
For lo, he maketh the mountains, he ordaineth|ordeneth| the wind, he sheweth man what he is about to do: he maketh the morning and the darkness, he treadeth upon the high places of the earth: the LORD God of hosts is his name.
Hear this word, O ye house of Israel, and why? I must make this moan for you:
The virgin Israel shall fall, and never rise up again: she shall be cast down upon her own ground, and no man shall help her up.
For thus sayeth the Lord GOD:|LORDE God| Where as there dwelt a thousand in one city, there shall be left scarce an hundredth therein: and where yer dwelt an hundredth, there shall scarce ten be left for the house of Israel.
Nevertheless, thus sayeth the LORD unto the house of Israel: Seek after me, and ye shall live,
but seek not after Bethel; come not at Gilgal, and go not to Bersaba: for Gilgal shall be carried away captive, and Bethel shall come to naught.
Seek the LORD, that ye may live: lest the house of Joseph be brent with fire and consumed, and lest there be none to quench Bethel.
Ye turn the law to wormwood, and cast down righteousness into the ground.
The LORD maketh the seven stars and the Orions, he turneth the night into day, and of the day he maketh darkness. He calleth the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the plain ground: the LORD is his name.
He raiseth destruction upon the mighty people, and bringeth down the strong hold:
but they owe him evil will, that reproveth them openly: and who so telleth them the plain truth, they abhor him.
For so much then as ye oppress the poor, and rob him of his best sustenance: therefore, where as ye have builded houses of square stone, ye shall not dwell in them. Marvelous pleasant vineyards shall ye plant, but the wine of them shall ye not drink: and why?
as for the multitude of your wickednesses and your stout sins, I know them right well. Enemies are ye of the righteous, ye take rewards, ye oppress the poor in judgement.
Therefore the wise must now be fain to hold his tongue, so wicked a time is it.
Seek after the thing that is good, and not evil, so shall ye live: yea the LORD God of hosts shall be with you, according to your own desire.
Hate the evil, and love the good: set up right again in the port: and (no doubt) the LORD God of hosts shall be merciful unto the remnant of Joseph.
If no (sayeth the LORD God, the God of hosts) there shall be mourning in all streets, yea they shall say in every street: alas, alas. They shall call the husband man to lamentation, and such as can mourn, to mourning.
In all vineyards there shall be heaviness, for I will come among you, sayeth the LORD.
Woe be unto them that desire the day of the LORD: Wherefore would ye have it? As for that day of the LORD, it shall be dark and not clear:
Yea like as when a man runneth from a lion, and a bear meeteth|meteth| with him: or when he cometh into the house, and leaneth his hand upon the wall, a serpent biteth him.
Shall not the day of the LORD be dark, and not clear? shall it not be cloudy, and no shine in it?
I hate and abhor your holy days, and where as ye cense me when ye come together I will not accept it.
And though ye offer me brentofferings and meatofferings, yet have I no pleasure therein. As for your fat thankofferings, I will not look upon them.
Away with that noise of thy songs, I will not hear thy plays of music:
but see that equity flow as the water, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
O ye house of Israel, gave ye me offerings and sacrifices those forty years long in the wilderness?(Septuagint: Have ye offered to me victims and sacrifices, O house of Israel, forty years in the wilderness? Acts 7:42-43)
Yet have ye set up tabernacles to your Moloch, and images of your Idols, yea and the star of your God Rempha, figures which ye made to worship them.(Septuagint: Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Raephan, the images of them which ye made for yourselves.)
Therefore will I cause you be carried away beyond Damascus, sayeth the LORD, whose name is the God of Hosts.(Septuagint: And I will carry you away beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, the Almighty God is his name.)
O WOE be to the proud wealthy in Sion, to such as think them so sure upon the mount of Samaria: which hold them selves for the best of the world, and rule the house of Israel, even as they list.
Go unto Calne, and see: and from thence get you to Hemath the great city, and so go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better at ease than these kingdoms, or the border of their land wider than yours?
Ye are taken out for the evil day, even ye that sit in the stole of willfulness:
Ye that lie upon beds of ivory, and use your wantonness upon your couches: ye that eat the best lambs of the flock, and the fattest calves of the droave:
ye that sing to the lute, and in playing of instruments compare your selves unto David:
ye that drink wine out of goblets, and anoint your selves with the best oil, but no man is sorry for Joseph's hurt.
Therefore now shall ye be the first of them, that shall be led away captive, and the lusty cheer of the willful shall come to an end.
The Lord GOD|LORDE God| hath sworn even by himself (sayeth the LORD God of hosts), I hate the pride of Jacob, and I abhor his palaces: and I will give over the city, with all that is therein:
so that though there remain ten men in one house, they shall die.
So their next kinfolks and the dead buryers shall take them, and carry away their bones, and say unto him, that is in the innermer house: is there yet any more by thee? And he shall answer: they are all gone, hold thy tongue (shall he say) for they would not remember the name of the LORD.
Behold, the LORD is minded to smite the great houses, so that they shall decay: and the little houses, that they shall cleave a sunder.
Who can run with horses, or plow with oxen upon the hard rocks of stone? For why, ye have turned true judgement into bitterness, and the fruit of righteousness into wormwood:
Yea even ye, that rejoice in vain things: ye that say: have not we obtained horns in our own strength?
Well, take heed, O ye house of Israel, sayeth the LORD God of hosts: I will bring a people upon you, which shall trouble you, from the way that goeth toward Hemath, unto the brook in the meadow.
The Lord GOD|LORDE God| shewed me such a vision: behold, there stood one that made grasshoppers, even when the corn was shooting forth, after the king had clipt his sheep.
Now when they undertook to eat up all the green things in the land, I said: O Lord GOD,|LORDE God| be merciful, I beseech thee: who should else help up Jacob that is brought so low?
So the LORD was gracious therein, and the LORD said: Well, it shall not be.
Again, the LORD shewed me this vision: behold, the Lord GOD|LORDE God| called the fire to punish withal, and it devoured the great deep: yea it consumed a part already.
Then said I: O Lord GOD,|LORDE God| hold thine hand: who should else help up Jacob that is brought so low?
So the LORD was merciful therein, and the Lord GOD|LORDE God| said: well, it shall not be.
Moreover, he shewed me this vision: behold, the Lord|LORDE| stood upon a plastered wall, and a mason's trowel in his hand.
And the LORD said unto me: Amos, what seest thou? I answered: a mason's trowel. Then said the Lord: behold, I will lay the trowel among my people of Israel, and will no more oversee them:
but the high hill chapels of Isaac must be laid waste, and the churches of Israel made desolate: and as for the house of Jeroboam, I will stand up against it with the sword.
Upon this sent Amasiah the priest to Bethel unto Jeroboam the king of Israel saying: Amos maketh the house of Israel to rebel against thee, the land can not away with his words.
For Amos sayeth, Jeroboam shall die with the sword, and Israel shall be led away, captive out of their own land.
And Amasiah said unto Amos: Get thee hence (thou that canst|cast| see so well) and flee into the land of Juda: get thee there thy living, and prophesy there:
and prophesy no more at Bethel, for it is the king's chapel, and the king's court.
Amos answered, and said to Amasiah: As for me I am neither prophet, nor prophet's son: but a keeper of cattle. Now as I was breaking down mulberries, and going after the cattle,
the LORD took me, and said unto me: Go thy way, and prophesy unto my people of Israel.
And therefore, bear thou now the word of the LORD: Thou sayest: prophesy not against Israel, and speak nothing against the house of Isaac.
Wherefore thus sayeth the LORD: Thy wife shall be defiled in the city, thy sons and daughters shall be slain with the sword, and thy land shall be measured out with the line. Thou thy self shall die in an unclean land, and Israel shall be driven out of his own country.
The Lord GOD|LORDE God| shewed me this vision: and behold, there was a maunder with summer fruit.
And he said: Amos, what seest thou? I answered: a maunder with summer fruit. Then said the LORD unto me: the end cometh upon my people of Israel, I will no more oversee them.
In that day shall the songs of the temple be turned in to sorrow, sayeth the Lord GOD.|LORDE God| Many dead bodies shall lie in every place, and be cast forth secretly.
Hear this, O ye that oppress the poor, and destroy the needy in the lands, saying:
When will the new month be gone, that we may sell vitaille, and the Sabbath, that we may have scarceness of corn: to make the bushel less, and the Sicle greater?
We shall set up false weights, that we may get the poor under us with their money, and the needy also for shoes: yea let us sell the chaff for corn.
The LORD hath sworn against the pride of Jacob: these works of theirs will I never forget.
Shall not the land tremble, and all they that dwell therein, mourn for this? Shall not their destruction come upon them like a water stream, and flow over them, as the flood of Egypt?
At the same time (sayeth the Lord GOD)|LORDE God| I shall cause the sun|Sone| to go down at noon, and the land to be dark in the clear day.
Your high feasts will I turn to sorrow, and your songs to mourning: I will bring sack cloth upon all backs, and baldness on every head: yea such a mourning will I send them, as is made upon an only begotten son, and they shall have a miserable end.
Behold the time cometh (sayeth the Lord GOD) that I shall send an hunger into the earth: not the hunger of bread, nor the thirst of water: but an hunger to hear the word of the LORD:
so that they shall go from the one sea to the other, yea from the north unto the east, running about to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.
In that time, shall the fair virgins and the young men perish for thirst,
yea even they that swear in the offense of Samaria, and say: as truly as thy God liveth at Dan, and as truly as thy|the| God liveth at Bersaba. These shall fall, and never rise up again.
I saw the Lord|LORDE| standing upon the alter, and he said: smite the door check, that the posts may shake withal. For their covetousness shall fall upon all their heads, and their posterity shall be slain with the sword. They shall not flee away, there shall not one of them escape, nor be delivered.
Though they were buried in the hell, my hand shall fetch them from thence: though they climb up to heaven, yet shall I cast them down:
though they hide themselves upon the top of Carmel, yet shall I seek them out, and bring them from thence: Though they creep down from my sight in to the deep of the sea, I shall command the serpent, even there to bite them.
If they go away before their enemies in to captivity, then shall I command the sword, there to slay them. Thus will I set mine eyes upon them, for their harm and not for their wealth.
For when the Lord GOD|LORDE God| of hosts toucheth a land, it consumeth away, and all they that dwell therein, must needs mourn: And why? their destruction shall arise as every stream and run over them, as the flood in Egypt.
He that hath his dwelling in Heaven, and groundeth his tabernacle in the earth: He that calleth the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the plain ground: his name is the LORD.
O ye children of Israel, are ye not unto me, even as the Morians, sayeth the LORD: have not I brought Israel out of the land of Egypt, the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?
Behold, the eyes of the LORD are upon the realm that sinneth, to root it clean out of the earth: Nevertheless I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, sayeth the LORD.
For lo, this I promise: though I sift the house of Israel among all nations (like as they use to sift in a sieve) yet shall not the smallest gravel stone fall upon the earth:
But all the wicked doers of my people, that say: Tush, the plague is not so nye, to come so hastily upon us: those shall perish with the sword.
At that time will I build again the tabernacle of David, that is fallen down, and hedge up his gaps: and look what is broken, I shall repair it: Yea I shall build it again, as it was a fore time,(Septuagint: In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and will rebuild the ruins of it, and will set up the parts thereof that have been broken down, and will build it up as in the ancient days: Acts 15:16-17)
that they may possess the remnant of Edom, yea and all such people as call upon my name with them, sayeth the LORD, which doth these things. (Septuagint: that the remnant of men, and all the Gentiles upon whom my name is called, may earnestly seek me, saith the Lord who does all these things.)
Behold, the time cometh (sayeth the LORD) that the plowman shall overtake the mower, and the treader of grapes, him that soweth seed. The mountains shall drop sweet wine, and the hills shall be fruitful,{Behold the days will come saith the LORD, that the earer shall overtake the reaper, and treader of grapes the sower of seed. And the mountains shall drop sweetness, and the hills shall be earable.}
and I will turn the captivity of my people of Israel: they shall repair the waste cities, and have them in possession: they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof: they shall make gardens, and enjoy the fruits of them.{And I will turn the captivity of my people Israel: and they shall build the cities that are fallen in decay, and shall inhabit them, and shall plant vines and drink wine, and shall make gardens and eat the fruit of them.}
And I will plant them upon their own ground, so that I will never root them out again from their land which I have given them sayeth the LORD thy God.{And I will plant them their own land, and they shall not be any more plucked out of their land which I have given them saith the LORD thy God.}

The ende of the Prophecye of Amos