By a basket of summer fruit is shewed the propinquity of Israel's end.
Amos 8:1 Thus hath the Lord God shewed vnto me, & behold, a basket of summer fruite. Amos 8:2 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I sayd, A basket of sommer fruite. Then sayd the Lorde vnto me, The ende is come vpon my people of Israel, I wil passe by them no more. Amos 8:3 And the songs of the Temple shalbe howlings in that day, saith the Lord God: many dead bodies shalbe in euery place: they shall cast them forth with silence.
Oppression is reproved.
Amos 8:4 Heare this, O yee that swallowe vp the poore, that ye may make the needie of the lande to fayle, Amos 8:5 Saying, When will the newe moneth bee gone, that we may sell corne? and the Sabbath, that we may set forth wheate, and make the Ephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifie the weights by deceit? Amos 8:6 That we may buy the poore for siluer, and the needie for shooes: yea, and sell the refuse of the wheate. Amos 8:7 The Lorde hath sworne by the excellencie of Iaakob, Surely I will neuer forget any of their workes. Amos 8:8 Shall not the lande tremble for this, and euery one mourne, that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise vp wholy as a flood, and it shall bee cast out, and drowned as by the flood of Egypt. Amos 8:9 And in that day, saith the Lorde God, I will euen cause the sunne to go downe at noone: and I will darken the earth in the cleare day. Amos 8:10 And I will turne your feastes into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation: and I will bring sackcloth vpon all loynes, and baldnes vpon euery head: and I will make it as the mourning of an onely sonne, and the ende thereof as a bitter day.
A famine of the Word threatened.
Amos 8:11 Beholde, the dayes come, sayeth the Lorde God, that I will send a famine in the lande, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the word of the Lord. Amos 8:12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the North euen vnto the East shal they run to and fro to seeke the worde of the Lord, and shall not finde it. Amos 8:13 In that day shall the faire virgines and the yong men perish for thirst. Amos 8:14 They that sweare by the sinne of Samaria, and that say, Thy God, O Dan, liueth, and the maner of Beer-sheba liueth, euen they shall fall, and neuer rise vp againe.