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.
2 And he said, Yahweh will roar from Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the pastures of the shepherds shall mourn, and the top of Carmel shall wither.
3 In this manner says Yahweh: For three transgressions of Damascus, and, for four, I will not turn away the punishment of it; because they have threshed Gilead with threshing instruments of iron: 4 but I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, and it shall devour the palaces of Benhadad. 5 And I will break the bar of Damascus, and cut off the inhabitant from the valley of Aven, and him who holds, the sceptre from the house of Eden; and the people of Syria shall go into captivity to Kir, says Yahweh.
6 In this manner says Yahweh: For three transgressions of Gaza, yes, for four, I will not turn away the punishment of it; because they carried away captive the whole people, to deliver them up to Edom: 7 but I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, and it shall devour the palaces of it. 8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him who holds the sceptre from Ashkelon; and I will turn my hand against Ekron; and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, says the Sovereign Yahweh.
9 In this manner says Yahweh: For three transgressions of Tyre, and, for four, I will not turn away the punishment of it; because they delivered up the whole people to Edom, and remembered not the brotherly covenant: 10 but I will send a fire on the wall of Tyre, and it shall devour the palaces of it.
11 In this manner says Yahweh: For three transgressions of Edom, and, for four, I will not turn away the punishment of it; because he pursued his brother with the sword, and cast off all pity, and his anger did tear perpetually, and he kept his wrath forever: 12 but I will send a fire upon Teman, and it shall devour the palaces of Bozrah.
13 In this manner says Yahweh: For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and, for four, I will not turn away the punishment of it; because they have ripped up the women with child of Gilead, that they may enlarge their border: 14 but I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall devour the palaces of it, 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, says Yahweh.
In this manner says Yahweh: For three transgressions of Moab, and, for four, I will not turn away the punishment of it; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime: 2 but I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kerioth; 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 middle of it, and will kill all the princes of it with him, says Yahweh.
4 In this manner says Yahweh: For three transgressions of Judah, and, for four, I will not turn away the punishment of it; because they have rejected the law of Yahweh, and have not kept his statutes, and their lies have caused them to err, after which their fathers did walk: 5 but I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.
6 In this manner says Yahweh: For three transgressions of Israel, and, for four, I will not turn away the punishment of it; because they have sold the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; 7 they 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 go to the same maiden, to profane my holy name: 8 and they Jay themselves down beside every altar upon clothes taken in pledge; and in the house of their mighty one they drink the wine of such as have been fined.
9 Yet I destroyed 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 out of the land of Egypt, and led you forty years in 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 Nazirites. Is it not even thus, O you children of Israel? says Yahweh. 12 But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink, and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.
13 Behold, I will press you in your place, as a cart presses that is full of sheaves. 14 And 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 who handles the bow; and he who is swift of foot shall not deliver himself; neither shall he who rides the horse deliver himself; 16 and he who is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, says Yahweh.
Hear this word that Yahweh has spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying, 2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will visit upon you all your iniquities. 3 Shall two walk together, except they have agreed? 4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he has no prey? Will a young lion cry out of his den, if he has taken nothing? 5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is set for him? Shall a snare spring up from the ground, and have taken nothing at all? 6 Shall the trumpet be blown in a city, and the people not be afraid? Shall evil happen to a city, and Yahweh has not done it? 7 Surely the Sovereign Yahweh will do nothing, except he reveals his secret to his servants the prophets. 8 The lion has roared; who will not fear? The Sovereign Yahweh has spoken; who can but prophesy?
9 Publish in the palaces at Ashdod, and in the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say, Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold what great tumults are in it, and what oppressions in the middle of it. 10 For they know not to do right, says Yahweh, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces. 11 Therefore thus says the Sovereign Yahweh: An adversary there shall be, even all around the land; and he shall bring down your strength from you, and your palaces shall be plundered. 12 In this manner says Yahweh: As the shepherd rescues out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the children of Israel be rescued that sit in Samaria in the corner of a couch, and on the silken cushions of a bed.
13 Hear you, and testify against the house of Jacob, says the Sovereign Yahweh, the Elohim of hosts. 14 For in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him, I will also visit the altars of Beth-el; and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground. 15 And I will strike the winter-house with the summer-house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, says Yahweh.