Amos 4

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Amos 4 WEB (World English Bible)

Amos 4 contains Amos’s second sermon directed toward the Israelites, whose treatment of the poor he (more properly, the God who sent him) absolutely despises. Using vivid imagery and powerful descriptors, Amos 4 recounts the longsuffering of Yahweh through Israel’s history that has led to the inevitable and certain judgment that is to come.

Amos 4 also outlines the religious sins of Israel by attending the megachurches at Bethel and Gilgal, “worshipping” Yahweh while exploiting the poor. There is a message for Christians here about the incompatibility of coming to worship in our own churches if we do not also take care of the poor outside of our churches.

Amos 4:1-5 | Proclamation of Future Judgment

Listen to this word, you cows of Bashan, who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who tell their husbands, “Bring us drinks!”

The Lord Yahweh has sworn by his holiness that behold,
    “The days shall come on you that they will take you away with hooks,
    and the last of you with fish hooks.
You will go out at the breaks in the wall,
    everyone straight before her;
    and you will cast yourselves into Harmon,” says Yahweh.
“Go to Bethel, and sin;
    to Gilgal, and sin more.
Bring your sacrifices every morning,
    your tithes every three days,
    offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened,
    and proclaim free will offerings and brag about them:
    for this pleases you, you children of Israel,” says the Lord Yahweh.

Amos 4:6-11 | Past Attempts to Reform the People

“I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities,
    and lack of bread in every town;
    yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh.
“I also 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 place was rained on,
    and the piece where it didn’t rain withered.
So two or three cities staggered to one city to drink water,
    and were not satisfied:
    yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh.
“I struck you with blight and mildew many times in your gardens and your vineyards;
    and your fig trees and your olive trees have the swarming locust devoured:
    yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh.
10 “I sent plagues among you like I did Egypt.
    I have slain your young men with the sword,
    and have carried away your horses;
    and I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camp,
    yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh.
11 “I have overthrown some of you,
    as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah,
    and you were like a burning stick plucked out of the fire;
    yet you haven’t returned to me,” says Yahweh.

Amos 4:12-13 | Prepare to Meet Your God

12 “Therefore thus will I do to you, Israel;
    because I will do this to you,
    prepare to meet your God, Israel.
13 For, behold, he who forms the mountains,
    and creates the wind,
    and declares to man what is his thought;
    who makes the morning darkness,
    and treads on the high places of the earth:
    Yahweh, the God of Armies, is his name.”

Amos 4 Footnotes

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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