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С НА Р. І. The words of Amos, who was among the herdmen 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.
2 And he said, The Lord will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the habitations of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
3 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Damascus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron :
4 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Ben-hadad.
5 I will break also the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of Eden: and the people of Syria shall go into captivity unto Kir, saith the LORD.
6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they carried away captive the whole captivity, to deliver them up to Edom:
7 But I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, which shall devour the palaces thereof:
8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron: and the rempant of the Phi
listines shall perish, saith the Lord God.
9 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they delivered up the whole captivity to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant:
10 But I will send a fire on the wall of Tyrus, which shall devour the palaces thereof.
11 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he did pursue his brother with the sword, and did cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath for ever:
12 But I will send a fire upon Teman, which shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.
13 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they might enlarge their border:
14 But I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battle, with a tempest in the day of the whirlwind :
15 And their king shall go into captivity, he and his princes together, saith the LORD.
THUS saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the pu
nishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime: 2 But I will send fire
Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kirioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet :
3 And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD.
4 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked :
5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.
6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
7 That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will
in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:
8 And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
10 Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.
11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel ? saith the LORD.
12 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.
13 Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.
14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
15 Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.
16 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the Lord.
HEAR this word that the Lord hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,
2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey ? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing ?
5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon
the earth, where no gin is for him ? house with the summer house; and shall one take up a snare from the the houses of ivory shall perish, and earth, and have taken nothing at the great houses shall have an end, all ?
saith the LORD. 6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be a
CHAP. IV. fraid ? shall there be evil in a city, and the Lord hath not done it?
HEAR this word, ye kine of Ba7 Surely the Lord God will do shan, that are in the mountain of Sanothing, but he revealeth his secret maria, which oppress the poor, which unto his servants the prophets. crush the needy, which say to their
8 The lion hath roared, who will masters, Bring, and let us drink. not fear ? the Lord God hath spok- 2 The Lord God hath sworn by en, who can but prophesy?
his holiness, that, lo, the days shall 9 Publish in the palaces at Ash- come upon you, that he will take dod, and in the palaces in the land you away with hooks, and your posof Egypt, and say, Assemble your- terity with fishhooks. selves upon the mountains of Sama- 3 And
go out at the ria, and behold the great tumults in breaches, every cow at that which is the midst thereof, and the oppressed before her; and ye shall cast them in the midst thereof.
into the palace, saith the LORD. 10 For they know not to do right, 4 Come to Beth-el, and transsaith the LORD, who store up vio- gress; at Gilgal multiply transgreslence and robbery in their palaces. sion; and bring your sacrifices eve
11 Therefore thus saith the Lord ry morning, and your tithes after God; An adversary there shall be even round about the land ; and he 5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksshall bring down thy strength from giving with leaven, and proclaim thee, and thy palaces shall be spoil- and publish the free offerings : for ed.
this liketh you, O ye children of Is12 Thus saith the LORD; As the rael, saith the Lord God. shepherd taketh out of the mouth 6 And I also have given you of the lion two legs, or a piece of
cleanness of teeth in all your cities, an ear; so shall the children of Is- and want of bread in all your places : rael be taken out that dwell in Sa- yet
not returned unto me, maria in the corner of a bed, and in saith the LORD. Damascus in a couch.
7 And also I have withholden the 13 Hear ye, and testify in the
rain from you, when there were yet house of Jacob, saith the Lord God, three months to the harvest: and I the God of hosts,
caused it to rain upon one city, and 14 That in the day that I shall caused it not to rain upon another visit the transgressions of Israel up- city: one piece was rained upon, on him I will also visit the altars of and the piece whereupon it rained Beth-el : and the horns of the altar not withered. shall be cut off, and fall to the 8 So two or three cities wanderground.
ed unto one city, to drink water; 15 And I will smite the winter but they were not satisfied: yet
three years :
not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. 10 I have sent among you
pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your
ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning : yet have
ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
13 For, lo, be that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.
that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel.
4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
5 But seek not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba : for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el shall come to nought.
6 Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Beth-el.
7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
8 Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his
nostrils : yet
CHAP. V. HEAR
this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel.
2 The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise : she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up.
3 For thus saith the Lord God; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and
9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.
10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye
have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.
13 Therefore the prudent shall
keep silence in that time ; for it is crifices and offerings in the wilderan evil time.
ness forty years, 0 house of Israel? 14 Seek good, and not evil, that 26 But ye have borne the taberye may live: and so the LORD, the nacle of your Moloch and Chiun God of hosts, shall be with you, as your images, the star of your god, ye have spoken.
which ye made to yourselves. 15 Hate the evil, and love the 27 Therefore will I cause you to good, and establish judgment in the go into captivity beyond Damascus, gate: it may be that the Lord God saith the LORD, whose name is The of hosts will be gracious unto the
God of hosts. remnant of Joseph. 16 Therefore the Lord, the God of
C H A P. VI. hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall
WoE to them that are at ease in say in all the highways, Alas! alas ! Zion, and trust in the mountain of and they shall call the husbandman Samaria, which are named chief of to mourning, and such as are skilful the nations, to whom the house of of lamentation to wailing.
Israel came! 17 And in all vineyards shall be 2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; wailing: for I will pass through and from thence go ye to Hamath thee, saith the LORD.
the great : then go down to Gath of 18 Woe unto you that desire the the Philistines: be they better than day of the LORD! to what end is it these kingdoms? or their border for you? the day of the LORD is greater than your border? darkness, and not light.
3 Ye that put far away the evil 19 As if a man did flee from a day, and cause the seat of violence lion, and a bear met him; or went to come near; into the house, and leaned his hand 4 That lie upon beds of ivory, on the wall, and a serpent bit him. and stretch themselves upon their
20 Shall not the day of the LORD couches, and eat the lanıbs out of be darkness, and not light ? even the flock, and the calves out of the very dark, and no brightness in it? midst of the stall; 21 I hate, I despise your feast
5 That chant to the sound of the days, and I will not smell in your viol, and invent to themselves insolemn assemblies.
struments of musick, like David; 22 Though ye offer me burnt of- 6 That drink wine in bowls, and ferings and your meat offerings, I anoint themselves with the chief will not accept them: neither will I ointments : but they are not grievregard the peace offerings of your ed for the affliction of Joseph. fat beasts.
7 Therefore now shall they go 23 Take thou away from me the captive with the first that go capnoise of thy songs; for I will not tive, and the banquet of them hear the melody of thy viols.
that stretched themselves shall be 24 But let judgment run down removed. as waters, and righteousness as a 8 The LORD God hath sworn by mighty stream.
himself, saith the LORD the God 25 Have
offered unto me sa- of hosts, I abhor the excellency of