By a basket of summer fruit is shewed the propinquity of Israel's end.
Amos 8:1 Thus hath the Lorde God shewed vnto me: and beholde, a basket of sommer fruite. Amos 8:2 And he sayde: Amos, what seest thou? And I sayde: A basket of sommer fruite. Then sayd the Lord vnto me, The end is come vpon my people of Israel, I wil passe by them no more. Amos 8:3 And the songues of the temple shalbe howlinges in that day sayth the Lorde God: many dead bodies shalbe in euery place, they shal cast them foorth with scilence.
Oppression is reproved.
Amos 8:4 Heare this, O ye that swallow vp the poore, that ye may make the needy of the lande to fayle, Amos 8:5 Saying, When will the new moneth be gone, that we may sell corne? & the Sabbath, that we may set foorth wheate, and make the Epha small, & the sicle great, & falsifie the wayghtes by deceite? Amos 8:6 That we may bie the poore for siluer, and the needy for shoes, yea and sell the refuse of the wheate? Amos 8:7 The Lorde hath sworne by the excellencie of Iacob, surely I will neuer forget any of their workes. Amos 8:8 Shall not the lande tremble for this, and euerie one mourne that dwelleth therin? And it shall rise vp wholly as a flood, and it shalbe cast out, and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. Amos 8:9 And in that day, sayth the Lord God, I will euen cause the sunne to go downe at noone, and I wil darken the earth in the cleare day. Amos 8:10 And I will turne your feastes into mourning, and all your songues into lamentation: and I will bring sackecloth vpon all loynes, and baldnesse vpon euery head, & I will make it as the mourning of an only sonne, and the end therof as a bitter day.
A famine of the Word threatened.
Amos 8:11 Behold the dayes come sayth the Lord God, that I will sende a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor thirst for water, but of hearing the worde of the Lorde. Amos 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, & from the north euen vnto the east shal they run to and fro to seke the worde of the Lord, and shall not finde it. Amos 8:13 In that day shall the fayre virgins, and the young men perishe for thirst. Amos 8:14 They that swere by the sinne of Samaria, & that say, Thy God O Dan liueth, & the maner of Beerseba liueth, euen they shall fall, and neuer rise vp againe.