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Amos 5 New Century Version (NCV)

Israel Needs to Repent

Listen to this funeral song that I sing about you, people of Israel.
“The young girl Israel has fallen,
    and she will not rise up again.
She was left alone in her own land,
    and there is no one to help her up.”

This is what the Lord God says:

“If a thousand soldiers leave a city,
    only a hundred will return;
if a hundred soldiers leave a city,
    only ten will return.”

This is what the Lord says to the nation of Israel:

“Come to me and live.
But do not look in Bethel
or go to Gilgal,
    and do not go down to Beersheba.
The people of Gilgal will be taken away as captives,
    and Bethel will become nothing.”
Come to the Lord and live,
    or he will move like fire against the descendants of Joseph.
The fire will burn Bethel,
    and there will be no one to put it out.
You turn justice upside down,
    and you throw on the ground what is right.

God is the one who made the star groups Pleiades and Orion;
    he changes darkness into the morning light,
    and the day into dark night.
He calls for the waters of the sea
    to pour out on the earth.
    The Lord is his name.
He destroys the protected city;
    he ruins the strong, walled city.

10 You hate those who speak in court against evil,
    and you can’t stand those who tell the truth.
11 You walk on poor people,
    forcing them to give you grain.
You have built fancy houses of cut stone,
    but you will not live in them.
You have planted beautiful vineyards,
    but you will not drink the wine from them.
12 I know your many crimes,
    your terrible sins.
You hurt people who do right,
    you take money to do wrong,
    and you keep the poor from getting justice in court.
13 In such times the wise person will keep quiet,
    because it is a bad time.

14 Try to do good, not evil,
    so that you will live,
and the Lord God All-Powerful will be with you
    just as you say he is.
15 Hate evil and love good;
    be fair in the courts.
Maybe the Lord God All-Powerful will be kind
    to the people of Joseph who are left alive.

16 This is what the Lord, the Lord God All-Powerful, says:

“People will be crying in all the streets;
    they will be saying, ‘Oh, no!’ in the public places.
They will call the farmers to come and weep
    and will pay people to cry out loud for them.
17 People will be crying in all the vineyards,
    because I will pass among you to punish you,” says the Lord.

The Lord’s Day of Judging

18 How terrible it will be for you who want
    the Lord’s day of judging to come.
Why do you want that day to come?
    It will bring darkness for you, not light.
19 It will be like someone who runs from a lion
    and meets a bear,
or like someone who goes into his house
    and puts his hand on the wall,
    and then is bitten by a snake.
20 So the Lord’s day of judging will bring darkness, not light;
    it will be very dark, not light at all.

21 The Lord says, “I hate and reject your feasts;
    I cannot stand your religious meetings.
22 If you offer me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
    I won’t accept them.
You bring your best fellowship offerings of fattened cattle,
    but I will ignore them.
23 Take the noise of your songs away from me!
    I won’t listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice flow like a river,
    and let goodness flow like a never-ending stream.

25 “People of Israel, you did not bring me sacrifices and offerings
    while you traveled in the desert for forty years.
26 You have carried with you
    your king, the god Sakkuth,
    and Kaiwan your idol,
    and the star gods you have made.
27 So I will send you away as captives beyond Damascus,”
    says the Lord, whose name is the God All-Powerful.

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Amos 5 New International Version (NIV)

A Lament and Call to Repentance

Hear this word, Israel, this lament I take up concerning you:

“Fallen is Virgin Israel,
    never to rise again,
deserted in her own land,
    with no one to lift her up.

This is what the Sovereign Lord says to Israel:

“Your city that marches out a thousand strong
    will have only a hundred left;
your town that marches out a hundred strong
    will have only ten left.

This is what the Lord says to Israel:

“Seek me and live;
    do not seek Bethel,
do not go to Gilgal,
    do not journey to Beersheba.
For Gilgal will surely go into exile,
    and Bethel will be reduced to nothing.[a]
Seek the Lord and live,
    or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire;
it will devour them,
    and Bethel will have no one to quench it.

There are those who turn justice into bitterness
    and cast righteousness to the ground.

He who made the Pleiades and Orion,
    who turns midnight into dawn
    and darkens day into night,
who calls for the waters of the sea
    and pours them out over the face of the land—
    the Lord is his name.
With a blinding flash he destroys the stronghold
    and brings the fortified city to ruin.

10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court
    and detest the one who tells the truth.

11 You levy a straw tax on the poor
    and impose a tax on their grain.
Therefore, though you have built stone mansions,
    you will not live in them;
though you have planted lush vineyards,
    you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know how many are your offenses
    and how great your sins.

There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes
    and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
13 Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times,
    for the times are evil.

14 Seek good, not evil,
    that you may live.
Then the Lord God Almighty will be with you,
    just as you say he is.
15 Hate evil, love good;
    maintain justice in the courts.
Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy
    on the remnant of Joseph.

16 Therefore this is what the Lord, the Lord God Almighty, says:

“There will be wailing in all the streets
    and cries of anguish in every public square.
The farmers will be summoned to weep
    and the mourners to wail.
17 There will be wailing in all the vineyards,
    for I will pass through your midst,”
says the Lord.

The Day of the Lord

18 Woe to you who long
    for the day of the Lord!
Why do you long for the day of the Lord?
    That day will be darkness, not light.
19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion
    only to meet a bear,
as though he entered his house
    and rested his hand on the wall
    only to have a snake bite him.
20 Will not the day of the Lord be darkness, not light—
    pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?

21 “I hate, I despise your religious festivals;
    your assemblies are a stench to me.
22 Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings,
    I will not accept them.
Though you bring choice fellowship offerings,
    I will have no regard for them.
23 Away with the noise of your songs!
    I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river,
    righteousness like a never-failing stream!

25 “Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings
    forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
26 You have lifted up the shrine of your king,
    the pedestal of your idols,
    the star of your god[b]
    which you made for yourselves.
27 Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,”
    says the Lord, whose name is God Almighty.


  1. Amos 5:5 Hebrew aven, a reference to Beth Aven (a derogatory name for Bethel); see Hosea 4:15.
  2. Amos 5:26 Or lifted up Sakkuth your king / and Kaiwan your idols, / your star-gods; Septuagint lifted up the shrine of Molek / and the star of your god Rephan, / their idols
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