By a basket of summer fruit is shewed the propinquity of Israel's end.
Amos 8:1 The Lorde God shewed me this vysyon: and beholde, there was a maunde wyth somer fruyte. Amos 8:2 And he sayde: Amos, what seist thou? I answered: a maunde wyth sommer fruyte. Then sayde the Lorde vnto me: the ende commeth vpon my people of Israell, I wyll no more ouerse them. Amos 8:3 In that daye shall the songes of the temple be turned in to sorowe, sayeth the Lorde God. Many deed bodyes shall lye in euery place, and be caste forth secretelye.
Oppression is reproved.
Amos 8:4 Heare this, O ye that oppresse the poore, and destroye the nedy in the lande, saying: Amos 8:5 When wil the new moneth be gone, that we maye sell vytale, & the Sabboth, that we maye haue scarcenesse of corne: to make the busshell lesse, and the Sycle greater? Amos 8:6 We shal set vp false waightes that we maye gett the poore vnder vs wyth their money, and the nedy also for shues: yee let vs sell the chaffe for corne. Amos 8:7 The Lorde hath sworne agaynst the pride of Iacob: these workes of theirs wyl I neuer forget. Amos 8:8 Shall not the lande tremble, and all they þt dwell therin, mourne for thys? Shall not their destruccyon come vpon them lyke a water streame, and flowe ouer them, as the floude of Egypte? Amos 8:9 At the same tyme (sayeth the Lorde God) I shall cause the Sunne to go downe at none, and the land to be darcke in the cleare daye. Amos 8:10 Youre hye feastes wyll I turne to sorowe, and youre songes to mournynge: I wyll bringe sack cloth vpon al backes, and baldnes vpon euery head: yee soch a mournynge wyll I sende them, as is made vpon an only begotten sonne, and they shall haue a miserable ende.
A famine of the Word threatened.
Amos 8:11 Beholde, the tyme commeth (sayeth the Lord God) þt I shal sende an hunger in to the earth: not the hunger of bread, ner the thyrst of water: but an hunger to heare the worde of the Lorde: Amos 8:12 so that they shall go from the one sea to the other yee from the north vnto the east, runnyng aboute to seke the worde of the Lorde, and shall not fynde it. Amos 8:13 In that tyme, shall the fayre virgins and the yonge men perysh for thyrst, Amos 8:14 yee euen they that sweare in the offence of Samaria, and saye: as trulye as thy God lyueth at Dan, and as trulye as thy God lyueth at Bersaba. These shall fall, and neuer ryse vp agayne.