Amos 1

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Amos 1 WEB (World English Bible)

Amos 1 introduces the Book of Amos by describing God as a lion roaring judgment from Mount Zion against the nations. Verse 1 sets Amos’s message in the 8th century BC, most likely between 764-753 BC. It also briefly presents Amos to us as a prophet by revelation, rather than a prophet by profession. Amos is a shepherd (likely a wealthy ranch owner) who contrasts sharply with the urban, professional prophets (see Amos 7).

After this, Amos wastes no time getting to the heart of Yahweh’s message to the nations. Amos 1 covers the first five of six oracles against the nations that surround Israel and Judah. Damascus, the capital of Aram, is indicted for its unjust actions in war. Gaza, the capital of Philistia, is indicted for its exploitation of others for economic gain. Tyre, the capital of Phoenicia, is indicted for the same, adding in the breach of a covenant. Edom, the brother nation of Israel and Judah, is indicted for their unrelenting hatred and racism toward the people of Israel.

Amos 1:1-2 | The Lion Roars

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. He said:

“Yahweh[a] will roar from Zion,
    and utter his voice from Jerusalem;
and the pastures of the shepherds will mourn,
    and the top of Carmel will wither.”

Amos 1:3-5 | An Oracle Against Damascus

Yahweh says:

“For three transgressions of Damascus, yes, for four,
    I will not turn away its punishment;
    because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron;
but I will send a fire into the house of Hazael,
    and it will devour the palaces of Ben Hadad.
I will break the bar of Damascus,
    and cut off the inhabitant from the valley of Aven,
    and him who holds the scepter from the house of Eden;
    and the people of Syria shall go into captivity to Kir,”

says Yahweh.

Amos 1:6-8 | An Oracle Against Gaza

Yahweh says:

“For three transgressions of Gaza, yes, for four,
    I will not turn away its punishment;
    because they carried away captive the whole community,
    to deliver them up to Edom;
but I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza,
    and it will devour its palaces.
I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod,
    and him who holds the scepter from Ashkelon;
and I will turn my hand against Ekron;
    and the remnant of the Philistines will perish,”

says the Lord[b] Yahweh.

Amos 1:9-10 | An Oracle Against Tyre

Yahweh says:

“For three transgressions of Tyre, yes, for four,
    I will not turn away its punishment;
    because they delivered up the whole community to Edom,
    and didn’t remember the brotherly covenant;
10 but I will send a fire on the wall of Tyre,
    and it will devour its palaces.”

Amos 1:11-12 | An Oracle Against Edom

11 Yahweh says:

“For three transgressions of Edom, yes, for four,
    I will not turn away its punishment;
    because he pursued his brother with the sword,
    and cast off all pity,
    and his anger raged continually,
    and he kept his wrath forever;
12 but I will send a fire on Teman,
    and it will devour the palaces of Bozrah.”

Amos 1:13-15 | An Oracle Against Ammon

13 Yahweh says:

“For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, yes, for four,
    I will not turn away its punishment;
    because they have ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead,
    that they may enlarge their border.
14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah,
    and it will devour its palaces,
    with shouting in the day of battle,
    with a storm in the day of the whirlwind;
15 and their king will go into captivity,
    he and his princes together,”

says Yahweh.

Amos 1 Footnotes:

a. Amos 1:2 | “Yahweh” is God’s proper Name, sometimes rendered “LORD” (all caps) in other translations.

b. Amos 1:8 | The word translated “Lord” is “Adonai.”

The World English Bible (WEB) is a Public Domain (no copyright) Modern English translation of the Holy Bible. That means that you may freely copy it in any form, including electronic and print formats. The World English Bible is based on the American Standard Version of the Holy Bible first published in 1901, the Biblia Hebraica Stutgartensa Old Testament, and the Greek Majority Text New Testament.

Featured Image: The Prophet Amos by Gustave Dore (1865)

 

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