A lamentation for Israel.
Amos 5:1 Heare ye this word which I take vp against you, [euen] a lamentation, O house of Israel. Amos 5:2 The virgin of Israel is fallen, she shall no more rise: she is forsaken vpon her land, there [is] none to raise her vp. Amos 5:3 For thus saith the Lord GOD, The citie that went out [by] a thousand, shall leaue an hundred, and that which went foorth [by] an hundred, shall leaue ten to the house of Israel.
An exhortation to repentance.
Amos 5:4 For thus saith the LORD vnto the house of Israel, Seeke ye mee, and ye shall liue. Amos 5:5 But seeke not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal and passe not to Beer-sheba: for Gilgal shall surely goe into captiuitie, and Bethel shal come to nought. Amos 5:6 Seeke the LORD, and ye shall liue, lest hee breake out like fire in the house of Ioseph and deuoure [it], and [there be] none to quench it in Bethel, Amos 5:7 Ye who turne iudgment to wormwood, and leaue off righteousnesse in the earth: Amos 5:8 [Seeke him] that maketh the seuen starres and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day darke with night: that calleth for the waters of the Sea, and powreth them out vpon the face of the earth: the LORD [is] his Name. Amos 5:9 That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong: so that the spoiled shall come against the fortresse. Amos 5:10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate: and they abhorre him that speaketh vprightly. Amos 5:11 Forasmuch therfore as your treading [is] vpon the poore, and ye take from him burdens of wheate, ye haue built houses of hewen stone, but ye shall not dwell in them: yee haue planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drinke wine of them. Amos 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions, and your mighty sinnes: they afflict the iust, they take a bribe, and they turne aside the poore in the gate [from their right]. Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent shall keepe silence in that time, for it [is] an euill time. Amos 5:14 Seeke good and not euill, that ye may liue: and so the LORD, the God of hosts shall be with you, as yee haue spoken. Amos 5:15 Hate the euill, and loue the good, and establish iudgement in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hostes will bee gracious vnto the remnant of Ioseph. Amos 5:16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hostes, the Lord saith thus: Wailing [shall be] in all streets, and they shall say in all the high wayes, Alas, Alas: and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation, to wailing. Amos 5:17 And in all vineyards [shall be] wailing: [for] I will passe through thee, saith the LORD. Amos 5:18 Woe vnto you that desire the day of the LORD: to what ende is it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darknes and not light. Amos 5:19 As if a man did flee from a lyon, and a beare met him, or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. Amos 5:20 Shall not the day of the LORD [be] darkenes, and not light? euen very darke, and no brightnesse in it?
God rejecteth their hypocritical service.
Amos 5:21 I hate, I despise your feast dayes, and I will not smell in your solemne assemblies. Amos 5:22 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. Amos 5:23 Take thou away from mee the noise of thy songs: for I will not heare the melodie of thy violes. Amos 5:24 But let iudgement run downe as waters, and righteousnesse as a mightie streame. Amos 5:25 Haue yee offered vnto mee sacrifices and offerings in the wildernesse fourtie yeeres, O house of Israel? Amos 5:26 But yee haue borne the tabernacle of your Moloch, and Chiun your images, the starre of your god, which ye made to your selues. Amos 5:27 Therefore wil I cause you to go into captiuitie beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose Name [is] the God of hostes.