Amos 8-9 – International Children’s Bible

AUGUST 28 (Year One)

This is what the Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit. The Lord said to me, “Amos, what do you see?”

I said, “A basket of fruit from the end of the harvest.”

Then the Lord said to me, “An end has come for my people, the Israelites. I will not overlook their sins anymore.

“On that day the palace songs will become funeral songs,” says the Lord God. “There will be dead bodies thrown everywhere! Silence!”

Listen to me you who walk on helpless people.
    You are trying to destroy the poor people of this country.
Your businessmen say,
“When will the New Moon Festival be over
    so we can sell grain?
When will the Sabbath be over
    so we can bring out wheat to sell?
We can charge them more
    and give them less.
    We can change the scales to cheat the people.
We will buy poor people for silver.
    And we will buy needy people for the price of a pair of sandals.
    We will even sell the wheat that was swept up from the floor.”

The Lord used his name, the Pride of Jacob, to make a promise. He said, “I will never forget what these people did.

The whole land will shake because of it.
    Everyone who lives in the land will cry for those who died.
The whole land will rise like the Nile.
    It will be shaken, and then it will fall
    like the Nile River in Egypt.”

The Lord God says:

“At that time I will cause the sun to go down at noon.
    I will make the earth dark on a clear day.
I will change your festivals into days of crying for the dead.
    All your songs will become songs of sadness for the dead.
I will make all of you wear rough cloth to show your sadness.
    You will shave your heads to show sadness.
I will make that day like the crying for the death of an only son.
    Its end will be very painful.”

The Lord God says: “The days are coming
    when I will cause a time of hunger in the land.
The people will not be hungry for bread or thirsty for water.
    But they will be hungry for words from the Lord.
People will wander from the Mediterranean Sea to the Dead Sea.
    They will wander from the north to the east.
They will search for the word of the Lord.
    But they won’t find it.
At that time the beautiful young women and the young men
    will become weak from thirst.
They made promises by the idol in Samaria.
    They said, ‘As surely as the god of Dan lives . . .’
    And they said, ‘As surely as the god of Beersheba lives, we promise . . .’
So they will fall
    and never get up again.”

I saw the Lord standing by the altar. He said:

“Smash the top of the pillars
    so that even the bottom of the doors will shake.
Make the pillars fall on the people’s heads.
    Anyone left alive I will kill with a sword.
Not one person will get away.
    No one will escape.
If they dig down as deep as where the dead are,
    I will pull them up from there.
If they climb up into the skies,
    I will bring them down from there.
If they hide at the top of Mount Carmel,
    I will find them and take them away.
If they try to hide from me at the bottom of the sea,
    I will command a snake to bite them.
If they are captured and taken away by their enemies,
    I will command the sword to kill them.
I will keep watch over them.
    But I will keep watch to give them trouble, not to do them good.”

The Master, the Lord of heaven’s armies, will touch the land.
    And the land will shake.
    Then everyone who lives in the land will cry for the dead.
The whole land will rise like the Nile River.
    It will fall like the river of Egypt.
The Lord built his upper rooms above the skies.
    He sets their foundations on the earth.
He calls for the waters of the sea.
    He pours them out on the land.
    The Lord is his name.

The Lord says this:

“Israel, you are no different to me than the people of Cush.
I brought Israel out of the land of Egypt.
    I also brought the Philistines from Crete
    and the Arameans from Kir.
I, the Lord God, am watching the sinful kingdom Israel.
I will destroy Israel
    from the earth’s surface.
But I will not completely destroy
    Jacob’s descendants,” says the Lord.
“I am giving the command
    to scatter the nation of Israel among all nations.
It will be like someone sifting flour.
    A person shakes flour through a sifter.
    The good flour falls through, but not the bad clumps.
Sinners among my people
    will die by the sword.
All of them say,
    ‘Nothing bad will happen to us.’

“The kingdom of David is like a fallen tent.
    But in that day I will set it up again
    and mend its broken places.
I will rebuild its ruins.
    I will rebuild it as it was before.
Then Israel will take over what is left of Edom
    and the other nations that belong to me,”
says the Lord.
    And he will make it happen.

The Lord says, “The time is coming when there will be plenty of food.
A person will still be harvesting his crops
    when it’s time to plow again.
A person will still be taking the juice from his grapes
    when it’s time to plant again.
Sweet wine will drip from the mountains.
    And it will pour from the hills.
I will bring my people Israel back from captivity.
    They will build the ruined cities again.
    And they will live in them.
They will plant vineyards and drink the wine from them.
    They will plant gardens and eat their fruit.
I will plant my people on their land.
    And they will not be pulled out again
    from the land which I have given them,”
    says the Lord your God.

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