NASB — Amos 5 — KJV

“Seek Me that You May Live”

  1 Hear this word which I take up for you as a adirge, O house of Israel:
  2 She has fallen, she will anot rise again
  The bvirgin Israel.
  She [lies] neglected on her land;
  There is cnone to raise her up.
3 For thus says the Lord IGOD,
  “The city which goes forth a thousand [strong]
  Will have a ahundred left,
  And the one which goes forth a hundred [strong]
  Will have bten left to the house of Israel.”

[1] aJr 7:29; 9:10, 17; Ezk 19:1
[2] aAm 8:14 bJr 14:17 cIs 51:18; Jr 50:32
[3] IHeb YHWH, usually rendered LORD, and so throughout the ch aIs 6:13 bAm 6:9

4 ¶ For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel,
  “aSeek Me bthat you may live.
  5 “But do not Iresort to aBethel
  And do not come to bGilgal,
  Nor cross over to cBeersheba;
  For Gilgal will certainly go into captivity
  And Bethel will IIcome to trouble.
  6aSeek the LORD that you may live,
  Or He will break forth like a bfire, IO house of Joseph,
  And it will consume with none to quench [it] for Bethel,
  7 [For] those who turn ajustice into wormwood
  And Icast righteousness down to the earth.”

[4] aDt 4:29; 32:46, 47; Jr 29:13 bIs 55:3
[5] ILit seek IIOr become iniquity a1K 12:28, 29; Am 3:14; 4:4; 7:10, 13 b1S 7:16; 11:14 cGn 21:31-33; Am 8:14
[6] IOr in the house aIs 55:3, 6, 7; Am 5:14 bDt 4:24
[7] ILit they have put down aAm 2:3; 5:12; 6:12

  8 ¶ He who made the aPleiades and Orion
  And bchanges deep darkness into morning,
  IWho also cdarkens day [into] night,
  Who dcalls for the waters of the sea
  And pours them out on the surface of the earth,
  The eLORD is His name.
  9 It is He who aflashes forth [with] destruction upon the strong,
  So that bdestruction comes upon the fortress.

[8] ILit And He darkened aJb 9:9; 38:31 bJb 12:22; 38:12; Is 42:16 cPs 104:20 dPs 104:6-9; Am 9:6 eAm 4:13
[9] aIs 29:5; Am 2:14 bMi 5:11

  10 ¶ They hate him who areproves in the Igate,
  And they babhor him who speaks [with] integrity.
  11 Therefore because you Iimpose heavy rent on the poor
  And exact a tribute of grain from them,
  [Though] you have built ahouses of well-hewn stone,
  Yet you will not live in them;
  You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will bnot drink their wine.
  12 For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great,
  [You] who adistress the righteous [and] accept bribes
  And Iturn aside the poor in the IIgate.
  13 Therefore at Isuch a time the prudent person akeeps silent, for it is an evil time.

[10] II.e. the place where court was held aIs 29:21; Am 5:15 b1K 22:8; Is 59:15; Jr 17:16-18
[11] IAnother reading is trample upon aAm 3:15; 6:11 bMi 6:15
[12] ILit they turn III.e. the place where court was held aIs 1:23; 5:23; Am 2:6
[13] ILit that time aEc 3:7; Ho 4:4

  14 ¶ Seek good and not evil, that you may live;
  And thus may the LORD God of hosts be with you,
  aJust as you have said!
  15 aHate evil, love good,
  And establish justice in the Igate!
  Perhaps the LORD God of hosts
  bMay be gracious to the cremnant of Joseph.

[14] aMi 3:11
[15] II.e. the place where court was held aPs 97:10; Ro 12:9 bJol 2:14 cMi 5:3, 7, 8

16 ¶ Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts, the Lord,
  “There is awailing in all the plazas,
  And in all the streets they say, ‘Alas! Alas!’
  They also call the bfarmer to mourning
  And Icprofessional mourners to lamentation.
  17 “And in all the avineyards [there is] wailing,
  Because I will pass through the midst of you,” says the LORD.

[16] ILit those who know lamentation aJr 9:10, 18-20; Am 8:3 bJol 1:11 c2Ch 35:25; Jr 9:17
[17] aIs 16:10; Jr 48:33

  18 ¶ Alas, you who are longing for the aday of the LORD,
  For what purpose [will] the day of the LORD [be] to you?
  It [will be] bdarkness and not light;
  19 As when a man aflees from a lion
  And a bear meets him,
  IOr goes home, leans his hand against the wall
  And a snake bites him.
  20 [Will] not the day of the LORD [be] adarkness instead of light,
  Even gloom with no brightness in it?

[18] aIs 5:19; Jr 30:7; Jol 1:15; 2:1, 11, 31 bIs 5:30; Jol 2:2
[19] IOr Then aJb 20:24; Is 24:17, 18; Jr 15:2, 3; 48:44
[20] aIs 13:10; Zp 1:15

  21 ¶ “I hate, I areject your festivals,
  Nor do I Ibdelight in your solemn assemblies.
  22 “Even though you aoffer up to Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
  I will not accept [them];
  And I will not [even] look at the bpeace offerings of your fatlings.
  23 “Take away from Me the noise of your songs;
  I will not even listen to the sound of your harps.
  24 “But let ajustice roll down like waters
  And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

[21] ILit like to smell aIs 1:11-16; 66:3; Am 4:4, 5; 8:10 bLv 26:31; Jr 14:12; Ho 5:6
[22] aIs 66:3; Mi 6:6, 7 bLv 7:11-15; Am 4:5
[24] aJr 22:3; Ezk 45:9; Mi 6:8

25 ¶ “IaDid you present Me with sacrifices and grain offerings in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel? 26 aYou also carried along ISikkuth your king and IIKiyyun, your images, IIIthe star of your gods which you made for yourselves. 27 Therefore, I will make you go into exile beyond Damascus,” says the LORD, whose name is the God of hosts.

[25] IOr You presented Me with the sacrifices and a grain offering aDt 32:17; Jsh 24:14; Ne 9:18-21; Ac 7:42, 43
[26] IOr Sakkuth (Saturn) or shrine of your Moloch IIOr Kaiwan (Saturn) or stands of IIIOr your star gods aAc 7:43


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A lamentation for Israel.

1 ¶ Hear ye 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 that which went forth [by] an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel.

[1] Jr 7:29; 9:10, 17, 20; Ezk 19:1, 14; 26:17; 27:2, 27; 28:12; 32:2, 16; Am 3:1; 4:1; 5:16; Mi 2:4.
[2] 2K 15:29; 17:16; Is 3:8; 14:21; 24:20; 37:22; 43:17; 51:17; Jr 2:27; 4:20; 14:17; 18:13; 30:12; 31:4; 51:64; Lm 1:16; 2:13; Ezk 16:36; Ho 6:2; 14:1; Am 7:2; 9:11.
[3] Dt 4:27; 28:62; Is 1:9; 10:22; Ezk 12:16; Ro 9:27.

An exhortation to repentance.

4 ¶ For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live: 5 But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel 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 Bethel. 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 name: 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] an evil time. 14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken. 15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. 16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing [shall be] in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing. 17 And in all vineyards [shall be] wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD. 18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 [Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

[4] Dt 30:1; 1Ch 28:9; 2Ch 15:2; 20:3; 34:3; Ps 14:2; 22:26; 27:8; 69:32; 105:3; Is 55:3, 6; Jr 29:12; Lm 3:25; Am 5:6; Zp 2:3; Mt 7:8.
[5] Gn 21:33; Lv 26:30; Dt 28:41; Jb 8:22; Ps 33:10; Is 8:10; 29:20; Ho 4:15; 9:15; 10:8, 14, 15; 12:11; Am 4:4; 7:17; 8:14; 1Co 1:28; 2:6; Rv 18:17.
[6] Gn 48:8; Ex 22:6; Jsh 18:5; Jg 1:22; 2S 19:20; 1K 11:28; Is 1:31; Jr 4:4; 7:20; Ezk 20:47; 33:11; 37:19; Am 5:4; 6:6; Zc 10:6; Mk 9:43.
[7] Dt 29:18; Ps 36:3; 125:5; Is 1:23; 5:7; 10:1; 59:13; Ezk 3:20; 18:24; 33:12, 18; Ho 10:4; Am 5:11; 6:12; Hab 1:12; Zp 1:6.
[8] Gn 7:11; Ex 10:21; 14:24; 1K 18:44; Jb 9:9; 12:22; 37:13; 38:12, 31, 34; Ps 104:20; 105:28; 107:10; Is 59:10; Am 4:13; 8:9; 9:6; Mt 4:16; Lk 1:79.
[9] 2K 13:17, 25; Jr 37:10; He 11:34.
[10] 1K 18:17; 21:20; 22:8; 2Ch 24:20; 25:16; 36:16; Pv 9:7; Is 29:21; Jr 17:16; 20:7; Am 7:10; Jn 3:20; 7:7; 8:45; 15:19, 22; Rv 11:10.
[11] Dt 28:30, 38; Is 5:7; 59:13; 65:21; Am 4:1; Mi 2:2; 3:1; 6:15; Zp 1:13; Hg 1:6; Jm 2:6; Rv 11:8.
[12] Dt 16:18; 31:21; Ru 4:1; 1S 8:3; 2K 17:7; Jb 29:7; 31:21; Ps 26:9; Pv 22:22; Is 1:23; 10:2; 29:21; 33:15; 47:9; 66:18; Jr 29:23; Lm 3:34; Am 2:6, 7, 16; 5:10; Mi 3:11; 7:3; Mal 3:5; Ac 3:13; 7:52; He 4:12; Jm 5:4, 6.
[13] Ec 3:7; 9:12; Is 36:21; 37:3; Ho 4:4; Am 6:10; Mi 2:3; 7:5; Hab 3:16; Zp 2:2; Mt 27:12; Ep 5:15; 6:13; 2Ti 3:1.
[14] Gn 39:2, 23; Ex 3:12; Nu 16:3; Jsh 1:9; 1Ch 28:20; 2Ch 15:2; Ps 34:12; 46:11; Pv 11:27; Is 1:16; 8:10; 48:1; 55:2; Jr 7:3; Am 3:3; Mi 3:11; 6:8; Mt 1:23; 6:33; 28:20; Ro 2:7; Php 4:8; 2Ti 4:22.
[15] Ex 32:30; 2S 16:12; 1K 20:31; 2K 13:7; 14:26; 15:29; 19:4; 2Ch 19:6; Ps 34:14; 36:4; 37:27; 82:2; 97:10; 119:104; 139:21; Jr 7:5; 31:7; Jol 2:14; Am 5:6, 10, 24; 6:12; Jna 3:9; Mi 2:12; 5:3, 7; Ro 7:15, 22; 8:7; 12:9; 1Th 5:21; 3Jn 1:11.
[16] Is 15:2, 8; 22:12; Jr 4:31; 9:10, 17, 18; Jol 1:8, 11, 14; Am 3:13; 5:27; 8:10; Mi 1:8; 2:4; Rv 18:10, 15, 19.
[17] Ex 12:12, 23; Is 16:10; 32:10; Jr 48:33; Ho 9:1; Jol 3:17; Na 1:12, 15; Zc 9:8.
[18] Is 5:19, 30; 9:19; 24:11; 28:15; Jr 17:15; 30:7; Ezk 12:22, 27; Jol 1:15; 2:1, 10, 31; Zp 1:14; Mal 3:1; 4:1; 2P 3:4, 10.
[19] 1K 20:29; Jb 20:24; Is 24:17; Jr 15:2; 48:43; Am 9:1; Ac 28:4.
[20] Jb 3:4; 10:21; Is 13:10; Ezk 34:12; Na 1:8; Mt 22:13; Jde 1:13; Rv 16:10.

God rejecteth their hypocritical service.

21 ¶ I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. 22 Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept [them]: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. 23 Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols. 24 But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream. 25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? 26 But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. 27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name [is] The God of hosts.

[21] Gn 8:21; Lv 26:31; Pv 15:8; 21:27; 28:9; Is 1:11; 66:3; Jr 6:20; 7:21; Ho 8:13; Mt 23:14; Ep 5:2; Php 4:18.
[22] Lv 7:12; Ps 50:8, 14, 23; 107:21; 116:17; Is 66:3; Am 4:4; Mi 6:6.
[23] Am 6:5; 8:3, 10.
[24] Jb 29:12; Pv 21:3; Ho 6:6; Am 5:7, 14; Mi 6:8; Mk 12:32.
[25] Lv 17:7; Dt 32:17; Jsh 24:14; Ne 9:18, 21; Is 43:23; Ezk 20:8, 16, 24; Ho 9:9; Zc 7:5; Ac 7:42.
[26] Lv 18:21; 20:2; 1K 11:33; 2K 23:12.
[27] 2K 15:29; 17:6; Am 4:13; Ac 7:43.


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