The wordes of Amos, who was among the heardmen at Tecoa, which he sawe vpon
Israel, in the dayes of Vzziah king of Iudah, and in the dayes of Ieroboam the
sonne of Ioash King of Israel, two yeere before the earthquake.
2 And he saide, The Lord shall roare from Zion, and vtter his voyce from
Ierusalem, and the dwelling places of the shepheards shal perish, and the top of
Carmel shall wither,
3 Thus saith the Lord, For three transgressions of Damascus, and for foure I
will not turne to it, because they haue threshed Gilead with threshing
instruments of yron.
4 Therefore will I sende a fire into the house of Hazael, and it shall deuoure
the palaces of Ben-hadad.
5 I will breake also the barres of
, and cut off the inhabitant of Bikeath-auen: and him that holdeth the scepter
out of Beth-eden, and the people of
shall goe into captiuitie vnto Kir, sayth the Lord.
6 Thus sayth the Lorde, For three transgressions of Azzah, and for foure, I will
not turne to it, because they caried away prisoners the whole captiuitie to shut
them vp in
7 Therefore will I sende a fire vpon the walles of Azzah, and it shall deuoure
the palaces thereof.
8 And I will cut off the inhabitant from
, and him that holdeth the scepter from
, and turne mine hande to Ekron, and the remnant of the Philistims shall perish,
sayth the Lord God.
9 Thus sayth the Lord, For three transgressions of Tyrus, and for foure, I will
not turne to it, because they shut the whole captiuitie in
, and haue not remembred the brotherly couenant.
10 Therefore wil I send a fire vpon ye walles of Tyrus, and it shall deuoure the
11 Thus sayeth the Lord, For three transgressions of
, and for foure, I will not turne to it, because hee did pursue his brother with
the sworde, and did cast off all pitie, and his anger spoyled him euermore, and
his wrath watched him alway.
12 Therefore will I send a fire vpon Teman, and it shall deuoure the palaces of
13 Thus sayth ye Lord, For three transgressions of the children of Ammon, and
for foure, I will not turne to it, because they haue ript vp the women with
, that they might enlarge their border.
14 Therefore will I kindle a fire in the wall of Rabbah, and it shall deuoure
the palaces thereof, with shouting in the day of battell, and with a tempest in
the day of the whirlewinde.
15 And their King shall go into captiuitie, he and his princes together, saith
1 Thus sayth the Lorde, For three transgressions of
, and for foure, I will not turne to it, because it burnt the bones of the King
of Edom into lime.
2 Therefore will I send a fire vpon
, and it shall deuoure the palaces of Kerioth, and
shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of a trumpet.
3 And I will cut off the iudge out of the mids thereof, and will slay all the
princes thereof with him, sayth the Lord.
4 Thus saith the Lorde, For three transgressions of Iudah, and for foure, I will
not turne to it, because they haue cast away the Lawe of the Lorde, and haue not
kept his commandementes, and their lies caused them to erre after the which
their fathers haue walked.
5 Therefore will I send a fire vpon Iudah, and it shall deuoure the palaces of
6 Thus sayth the Lord, For three transgressions of
, and for foure, I will not turne to it, because they solde the righteous for
siluer and the poore for shooes.
7 They gape ouer the head of the poore, in the dust of the earth, and peruert
the wayes of the meeke: and a man and his father will goe in to a mayde to
dishonour mine holy Name.
8 And they lye downe vpon clothes layde to pledge by euery altar: and they
drinke the wine of the condemned in the house of their God.
9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before the, whose height was like the height of
the cedars, and he was strong as the okes: notwithstanding I destroyed his
fruite from aboue, and his roote from beneath.
10 Also I brought you vp from the
, and led you fourtie yeres thorowe the wildernesse, to possesse the land of the
11 And I raysed vp of your sonnes for Prophets, and of your yong men for
Nazarites. Is it not euen thus, O ye children of
, sayth the Lorde?
12 But ye gaue the Nazarites wine to drinke, and commanded the Prophetes,
saying, Prophecie not.
13 Behold, I am pressed vnder you as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaues.
14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not
strengthen his force, neither shall the mightie saue his life.
15 Nor he that handleth the bowe, shal stand, and he that is swift of foote,
shall not escape, neyther shall he that rideth the horse, saue his life.
16 And he that is of a mighty courage among the strong men, shall flee away
naked in that day, sayth the Lord.
1 Heare this worde that the Lord pronounceth against you, O children of Israel,
euen against the whole familie which I brought vp fro the land of Egypt, saying,
2 You onely haue I knowen of all the families of the earth: therefore I will
visite you for all your iniquities.
3 Can two walke together except they bee agreed?
4 Will a lion roare in ye forest, when he hath no pray? or wil a lions whelpe
cry out of his den, if he haue taken nothing?
5 Can a birde fall in a snare vpon the earth, where no fouler is? or will he
take vp the snare from the earth, and haue taken nothing at all?
6 Or shall a trumpet be blowen in the citie, and the people be not afraide? or
shall there be euil in a citie, and the Lord hath not done it?
7 Surely the Lord God will doe nothing, but he reueileth his secrete vnto his
seruantes the Prophets.
hath roared: who will not bee afraide? the Lord God hath spoken: who can but
9 Proclayme in the palaces at
, and in the palaces in the lande of
, and saye, Assemble your selues vpon the mountaines of
: so beholde the great tumultes in the middes thereof, and the oppressed in the
10 For they knowe not to doe right, sayth the Lorde: they store vp violence, and
robbery in their palaces.
11 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, An aduersary shall come euen rounde about
the countrey, and shall bring downe thy strength fro thee, and thy palaces
12 Thus saieth the Lorde, As the shephearde taketh out of the mouth of the lyon
two legges, or a piece of an eare: so shall the children of Israel be taken out
that dwell in Samaria in the corner of a bed, and in Damascus, as in a couche.
13 Heare, and testifie in the house of Iaakob, saith the Lord God, the God of
14 Surely in the day that I shal visit the transgressions of
vpon him, I wil also visite the altars of Beth-el, and the hornes of the altar
shal be broken off, and fall to the ground.
15 And I wil smite the winter house with the sommer house, and the houses of
yuorie shal perish, and the great houses shalbe consumed, sayth the Lord.
1 Heare this worde, ye kine of Bashan that are in the mountaine of
, which oppresse the poore, & destroy the needie, and they say to their
masters, Bring, and let vs drinke.
2 The Lord God hath sworne by his holines, that loe, the dayes shal come vpon
you, that hee wil take you away with thornes, & your posteritie with fish
3 And ye shal goe out at the breaches euery kowe forward: and ye shal cast your
selues out of the palace, saith the Lord.
4 Come to Beth-el, & trasgresse: to Gilgal, & multiplie transgression,
& bring your sacrifices in the morning, & your tithes after three yeres.
5 And offer a thanksgiuing of leauen, publish & proclaime the free offrings:
for this liketh you, O ye children of
, saith the Lord God.
6 And therefore haue I giuen you cleannes of teeth in all your cities, &
scarcenesse of bread in all your places, yet haue ye not returned vnto me, saith
7 And also I haue withholden the raine from you, when there were yet three
moneths to the haruest, and I caused it to raine vpon one citie, & haue not
caused it to raine vpo another citie: one piece was rained vpon, and the piece
whereupon it rained not, withered.
8 So two or three cities wandred vnto one citie to drinke water, but they were
not satisfied: yet haue ye not returned vnto me, saith the Lord.
9 I haue smitten you with blasting, and mildewe: your great gardens and your
vineyardes, & your figtrees, and your oliue trees did the palmer worme
deuoure: yet haue ye not returned vnto me, saith the Lord.
10 Pestilence haue I sent among you, after the maner of
: your yong men haue I slaine with the sworde, & haue taken away your
horses: & I haue made the stinke of your tentes to come vp euen into your
nostrels: yet haue yee not returned vnto me, saith the Lorde.
11 I haue ouerthrowe you, as God ouerthrew Sodom & Gomorah: and ye were as a
firebrand pluckt out of the burning: yet haue ye not returned vnto me, saith the
12 Therefore, thus wil I do vnto thee, O Israel: and because I wil doe this vnto
thee, prepare to meete thy God, O Israel.
13 For lo, he that formeth the mountaines, & createth the winde, &
declareth vnto man what is his thought: which maketh the morning darkenesse,
& walketh vpon the hie places of the earth, the Lord God of hostes is his
1 Heare ye this worde, which I lift vp vpon you, euen a lamentation of the house
2 The virgine
is fallen, and shall no more rise: shee is left vpon her lande, and there is
none to raise her vp.
3 For thus saith ye Lord God, The citie which went out by a thousand, shal leaue
an hundreth: and that which went forth by an hundreth, shal leaue ten to the
4 For thus saith the Lorde vnto the house of
, Seeke ye me, and ye shal liue.
5 But seeke not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, & go not to Beer-sheba: for
Gilgal shal goe into captiuitie, and Beth-el shal come to nought.
6 Seeke the Lorde, and yee shal liue, least he breake out like fire in the house
of Ioseph & deuoure it, & there be none to quench it in Beth-el.
7 They turne iudgement to wormewood, and leaue off righteousnes in the earth.
8 He maketh Pleiades, and Orion, and he turneth the shadowe of death into the
morning, and he maketh the day darke as night: he calleth the waters of the sea,
and powreth them out vpon the open earth: the Lord is his Name.
9 He strengtheneth the destroyer against the mightie: and the destroyer shal
come against the fortresse.
10 They haue hated him, that rebuked in the gate: and they abhorred him that
11 Forasmuch then as your treading is vpon the poore, and yee take from him
burdens of wheate, ye haue built houses of hewen stone, but ye shal not dwel in
them: ye haue plated pleasant vineyards, but ye shal not drinke wine of them.
12 For I know your manifold transgressions, and your mightie sinnes: they
afflict the iust, they take rewards, & they oppresse the poore in ye gate.
13 Therefore the prudent shal keepe silence in that time, for it is an euill
14 Seeke good and not euil, that ye may liue: and the Lorde God of hostes shalbe
with you, as you haue spoken.
15 Hate the euil, and loue the good, and establish iudgement in the gate: it may
bee that the Lorde God of hostes will be mercifull vnto the remnant of Ioseph.
16 Therfore the Lord God of hosts, the Lord saith thus, Mourning shalbe in all
streetes: & they shal say in al the hie wayes, Alas, alas: & they shal
call the husbandman to lamentation, and such as can mourne, to mourning.
17 And in al the vines shalbe lamentation: for I wil passe through thee, saith
18 Woe vnto you, that desire the day of the Lord: what haue you to do with it?
the day of the Lord is darkenes and not light.
19 As if a man did flee from a
, & a beare met him: or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the
wall, and a serpent bit him.
20 Shal not the day of the Lord be darkenes, and not light? euen darkenes and no
light in it?
21 I hate and abhorre your feast dayes, and I wil not smell in your solemne
22 Though ye offer me burnt offrings & meat offrings, I wil not accept them:
neither will I regard the peace offrings of your fat beasts.
23 Take thou away from me the multitude of thy songs (for I wil not heare the
melodie of thy violes)
24 And let iudgement runne downe as waters, and righteousnesse as a mightie
25 Haue ye offered vnto me sacrifices and offrings in the wildernesse fourtie
yeeres, O house of
26 But you haue borne Siccuth your King, and Chiun your images, and the starre
of your gods, which ye made to your selues.
27 Therefore wil I cause you to goe into captiuitie beyond
, saith the Lorde, whose Name is the God of hostes.
1 Woe to them that are at ease in
and trust in the moutaine of
, which were famous at the beginning of the nations: and the house of
came to them.
2 Goe you vnto Calneh, and see: and from thence goe you to Hamath the great:
then goe downe to
of the Philistims: be they better then these kingdomes? or the border of their
land greater then your border,
3 Ye that put farre away the euill day, and approch to the seate of iniquitie?
4 They lie vpon beddes of yuorie, & stretch themselues vpon their beddes,
& eate the lambes of the flocke, and the calues out of the stall.
5 They sing to the sounde of the viole: they inuent to themselues instruments of
musike like Dauid.
6 They drinke wine in bowles, and anoynt themselues with the chiefe ointments,
but no man is sory for the affliction of Ioseph.
7 Therefore nowe shal they go captiue with the first that go captiue, and the
sorow of them that stretched themselues, is at hand.
8 The Lord God hath sworne by himselfe, saith the Lord God of hostes, I abhorre
the excellencie of Iaakob, & hate his palaces: therefore wil I deliuer vp
the citie with all that is therein.
9 And if there remaine ten men in one house, they shal die.
10 And his vncle shall take him vp & burne him to cary out the bones out of
the house, and shal say vnto him, that is by ye sides of the house, Is there yet
any with thee? And he shal say, None. Then shal he say, Holde thy tongue: for we
may not remember the Name of the Lord.
11 For behold, the Lord commandeth, and he will smite the great house with
breaches, and the litle house with clefts.
12 Shal horses runne vpon the rocke? or wil one plowe there with oxen? for yee
haue turned iudgement into gall, and the fruite of righteousnes into wormewood.
13 Ye reioyce in a thing of nought: yee say, Haue not wee gotten vs hornes by
our owne strength?
14 But behold, I wil raise vp against you a nation, O house of
, sayeth the Lorde God of hostes: and they shal afflict you, from the entring in
of Hamath vnto the riuer of the wildernes.
1 Thus hath the Lorde God shewed vnto mee, and beholde, he formed grashoppers in
the beginning of ye shooting vp of the latter grouth: and loe, it was in the
latter grouth after the Kings mowing.
2 And when they had made an ende of eating the
of the land, then I saide, O Lorde God, spare, I beseeche thee: who shal raise
vp Iaakob? for he is small.
3 So the Lord repented for this. It shal not be, saith the Lord.
4 Thus also hath the Lord God shewed vnto me, and behold, the Lord God called to
iudgement by fire, and it deuoured the great deepe, and did eate vp a part.
5 Then said I, O Lord God, cease, I beseeche thee: who shal raise vp Iaakob? for
he is small.
6 So the Lord repented for this. This also shal not be, saith the Lord God.
7 Thus againe he shewed me, and behold, the Lord stoode vpon a wall made by line
with a line in his hand.
8 And the Lorde saide vnto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A line. Then
said the Lord, Beholde, I wil set a line in the middes of my people
, and wil passe by them no more.
9 And the hye places of Izhak shalbe desolate, and the temples of
shalbe destroyed: and I wil rise against the house of Ieroboam with the sworde.
10 Then Amaziah the Priest of Beth-el sent to Ieroboam King of Israel, saying,
Amos hath conspired against thee in the middes of the house of Israel: the lande
is not able to beare all his wordes.
11 For thus Amos saith, Ieroboam shal die by the sworde, and
shalbe led away captiue out of their owne land.
12 Also Amaziah sayde vnto Amos, O thou the Seer, goe, flee thou away into the
, & there eate thy bread and prophecie there.
13 But prophecie no more at Beth-el: for it is the Kings chappel, and it is the
14 Then answered Amos, & said to Amaziah, I was no Prophet, neither was I a
prophets sonne, but I was an herdman, & a gatherer of wilde figs.
15 And the Lord tooke me as I followed the flocke, and the Lord said vnto me,
Go, prophecie vnto my people Israel.
16 Now therefore heare thou the word of the Lord. Thou sayest, Prophecie not
, & speake nothing against the house of Izhak.
17 Therefore thus sayth the Lord, Thy wife shall be an harlot in the citie, and
thy sonnes and thy daughters shal fall by the sword, and thy land shall be
deuided by line: and thou shalt die in a polluted land, and
shal surely go into captiuitie forth of his land.
1 Thus hath the Lord God shewed vnto me, & behold, a basket of summer fruite.
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
, I wil passe by them no more.
3 And the songs of the
howlings in that day, saith the Lord God: many dead bodies shalbe in euery
place: they shall cast them forth with silence.
4 Heare this, O yee that swallowe vp the poore, that ye may make the needie of
the lande to fayle,
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?
6 That we may buy the poore for siluer, and the needie for shooes: yea, and sell
the refuse of the wheate.
7 The Lorde hath sworne by the excellencie of Iaakob, Surely I will neuer forget
any of their workes.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 In that day shall the faire virgines and the yong men perish for thirst.
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
1 I sawe the Lorde standing vpon the altar, and he sayde, Smite the lintel of
the doore, that the postes may shake: and cut them in pieces, euen the heads of
them all, and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that fleeth of
them, shall not flee away: and he that escapeth of them, shall not be deliuered.
2 Though they digge into the hel, thence shal mine hande take them: though they
clime vp to heauen, thence will I bring them downe.
3 And though they hide them selues in the toppe of
, I will search and take them out thence: and though they be hid from my sight
in the bottome of the sea, thence will I commande the serpent, and he shall bite
4 And though they goe into captiuitie before their enemies, thence wil I
commande the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes vpon them
for euill, and not for good.
5 And the Lord God of hosts shall touch the land, and it shall melt away, &
al that dwel therein shall mourne, and it shall rise vp wholy like a flood, and
shall bee drowned as by the flood of
6 He buildeth his spheres in the heauen, and hath layde the foundation of his
globe of elementes in the earth: hee calleth the waters of the sea, and powreth
them out vpon the open earth: the Lorde is his Name.
7 Are ye not as the Ethiopians vnto mee, O children of
, sayeth the Lorde? haue not I brought vp
out of the
? and the Philistims from Caphtor, and
8 Beholde, the eyes of the Lord God are vpon the sinfull kingdome, and I will
destroy it cleane out of the earth. Neuerthelesse I will not vtterly destroy the
house of Iaakob, saith the Lord.
9 For loe, I will command and I will sift the house of
among all nations, like as corne is sifted in a sieue: yet shall not the least
stone fall vpon the earth.
10 But all the sinners of my people shall dye by the sword, which say, The euill
shal not come, nor hasten for vs.
11 In that day will I raise vp the tabernacle of Dauid, that is fallen downe,
and close vp the breaches therof, and I will rayse vp his ruines, and I will
builde it, as in the dayes of olde,
12 That they may possesse the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, because
my Name is called vpon them, sayeth the Lorde, that doeth this.
13 Behold, the dayes come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall touche the
mower, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seede: and the mountaines shall
drop sweete wine, and all the hilles shall melt.
14 And I will bring againe the captiuitie of my people of
: and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabite the, and they shall plant
vineyardes, and drinke the wine thereof: they shal also make gardens, and eate
the fruites of them.
15 And I wil plant them vpon their land, and they shall no more bee pulled vp
againe out of their lande, which I haue giuen them, sayeth the Lord thy God.