Chapter 5

AMO.5:1 Hear this word which I take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel:
AMO.5:2 The virgin of Israel has fallen; She will rise no more. She lies forsaken on her land; There is no one to raise her up.
AMO.5:3 For thus says the Lord GOD: “The city that goes out by a thousand Shall have a hundred left, And that which goes out by a hundred Shall have ten left to the house of Israel.”
AMO.5:4 For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel: “Seek Me and live;
AMO.5:5 But do not seek Bethel, Nor enter Gilgal, Nor pass over to Beersheba; For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, And Bethel shall come to nothing.
AMO.5:6 Seek the LORD and live, Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, And devour it, With no one to quench it in Bethel-
AMO.5:7 You who turn justice to wormwood, And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!”
AMO.5:8 He made the Pleiades and Orion; He turns the shadow of death into morning And makes the day dark as night; He calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the face of the earth; The LORD is His name.
AMO.5:9 He rains ruin upon the strong, So that fury comes upon the fortress.
AMO.5:10 They hate the one who rebukes in the gate, And they abhor the one who speaks uprightly.
AMO.5:11 Therefore, because you tread down the poor And take grain taxes from him, Though you have built houses of hewn stone, Yet you shall not dwell in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, But you shall not drink wine from them.
AMO.5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions And your mighty sins: Afflicting the just and taking bribes; Diverting the poor from justice at the gate.
AMO.5:13 Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time, For it is an evil time.
AMO.5:14 Seek good and not evil, That you may live; So the LORD God of hosts will be with you, As you have spoken.
AMO.5:15 Hate evil, love good; Establish justice in the gate. It may be that the LORD God of hosts Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
AMO.5:16 Therefore the LORD God of hosts, the Lord, says this: “There shall be wailing in all streets, And they shall say in all the highways, ‘Alas! Alas!’ They shall call the farmer to mourning, And skillful lamenters to wailing.
AMO.5:17 In all vineyards there shall be wailing, For I will pass through you,” Says the LORD.
AMO.5:18 Woe to you who desire the day of the LORD! For what good is the day of the LORD to you? It will be darkness, and not light.
AMO.5:19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion, And a bear met him! Or as though he went into the house, Leaned his hand on the wall, And a serpent bit him!
AMO.5:20 Is not the day of the LORD darkness, and not light? Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?
AMO.5:21 “I hate, I despise your feast days, And I do not savor your sacred assemblies.
AMO.5:22 Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings, I will not accept them, Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.
AMO.5:23 Take away from Me the noise of your songs, For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
AMO.5:24 But let justice run down like water, And righteousness like a mighty stream.
AMO.5:25 “Did you offer Me sacrifices and offerings In the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
AMO.5:26 You also carried Sikkuth your king And Chiun, your idols, The star of your gods, Which you made for yourselves.
AMO.5:27 Therefore I will send you into captivity beyond Damascus,” Says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.

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