The wordes of Amos, who was among the sheepheardes at Thecua, whiche he sawe
vpon Israel in the dayes of Ozia king of Iuda, and in the dayes of Ieroboam the
sonne of Ioas king of Israel, two yere before the earth quake.
2 And he sayde, The Lord shal roare out of Sion, and vtter his voyce from
Hierusalem: and the dwelling places of the sheepheardes shall mourne, & the
top of Charmel shall wyther.
3 Thus sayth the Lord, For three wickednesses of
, and for foure I will not spare her: because they haue threshed
with iron flales.
4 But I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, and it shall deuoure the
palaces of Benhadad.
5 I will breake also the barres of
, and roote out the inhabitoures from the playne of Auen, and him that holdeth
the scepter out of the house of
, and the people of
shall go into captiuitie vnto Kir, sayth the Lord.
6 Thus sayth the Lorde, For three wickednesses of Azza, and for foure I will not
spare her: because they raried away prisoners into captiuitie to shut them vp in
7 Therfore will I sende a fire vpon the walles of Azza, whiche shall deuoure her
8 And I will cut of the inhabiter from Asdod, and him that holdeth the scepter
from Ascalon, & turne my hande to Ecron, & the remnaunt of the
Philistines shall perishe, sayth the Lorde God.
9 Thus sayth the Lorde, For three wickednesses of
, and for foure I will not spare her: because they shut the whole captiuitie in
, and haue not remembred the brotherly couenaunt.
10 Therfore will I send a fire vpon the wall of
, and it shall consume the palaces therof.
11 Thus sayth the Lord, For three wickednesses of
, and for foure I wil not spare him: because he pursued his brother with the
sworde, and did cast of al pitie, and in his anger spoyled him continually, and
his indignation he kept alwayes.
12 Therfore will I send a fire into Theman, which shal deuoure the palaces of
13 Thus saith the Lord, For three wickednesses of the children of Ammon, and for
foure I will not spare them: because they haue ript vp the women with childe of
, that they might enlarge their borders.
14 Therefore will I kindle a fire in the walles of Rabbah that shall consume her
palaces with a great crye 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, sayth
1 Thus sayth the Lorde, For three wickednesses of
, & for foure I will not spare him: because he burnt the bones of the king
2 Therfore will I send a fire into
, which shal consume the palaces of Carioth, and
shall die with tumult, with showting, and with the sounde of the trumpet.
3 And I will cut of the iudge out of the mids therof, and wil slay all the
princes therof with him, sayth the Lorde.
4 Thus sayth the Lorde, For three wickednesses of Iuda, and for foure I will not
spare hym: because they haue cast away the lawe of the Lord, and haue not kept
his ordinaunces, and their lies caused them to erre, after the which their
5 Therfore will I send a fire into Iuda, which shall consume the palaces of
6 Thus sayth the Lorde, For three wickednesses of
, and for foure I wil not spare hym: because they solde the righteous for siluer,
and the poore for a paire of shoes.
7 They gape for breath ouer the head of the poore in the dust of the earth,
& peruert the way of the meke: A man and his father will go in to one mayde,
to dishonour my holy name.
8 And they lye vpon clothes layde to pledge by euery aulter: and in the house of
their god, they drinke the wine of the condempned.
9 Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose heyght was like the height of
the Cedar trees, 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 lande of
, & led you fourtie yeres thorow the wildernesse, to possesse the lande of
11 And I raysed vp of your sonnes for prophetes, and of your young 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 commaunded the prophetes,
saying, Prophecie not.
13 Beholde, I am pressed vnder you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaues.
14 Therfore the flight shall perishe from the swift, and the strong shal not
strengthen his force, neither shall the mightie saue his life.
15 Nor he that handleth the bowe shall stande, nor he that is swift of foote
shall escape, neither shall he that rydeth the horse, saue his life.
16 And he that is of mightie courage among the strong men, shal flee away naked
in that day, sayth the Lorde.
1 Heare this worde that the Lord pronounceth against you O children of Israel [euen]
against the whole familie whiche I brought vp from the lande of Egypt, saying:
2 You only haue I knowen of al the families of the earth, therfore I will visite
you for all your iniquities.
3 Can two walke together, except they be agreed?
4 Wyll a lion roare in the forest when he hath no pray? or wil a lions whelpe
crye out of his denne, if he haue taken nothing?
5 Can a birde fal in a snare vpon the earth where no fouler is? or wil he take
vp the snare from the earth, and haue taken nothing at all?
6 Or shall a trumpet be blowen in the citie, & the people be not afrayde? or
shall there be euyll in a citie, and the Lorde hath not done it?
7 Surely the Lord God wil do nothing, but he reuealeth his secrete vnto his
seruauntes the prophetes.
8 The lion hath roared, who wil not be afrayde? The Lorde God hath spoken, who
can but prophecie?
9 Proclame in the palaces at Asdod, and in the palaces in the lande of Egypt,
and say: Assemble your selues vpon the mountaynes of Samaria, and beholde the
great tumultes in the mids thereof, and the oppressed in the mids therof:
10 For they know not to do right, sayth the Lorde, they store vp violence and
robberie in their palaces.
11 Therfore thus sayth the Lord God, An aduersarie [shall come] euen round about
the countrey, and shall bring downe thy strength from thee, and thy palaces
12 Thus sayth the Lorde, As the sheephearde taketh out of the mouth of the lion
two legges or a peece 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 Iacob, saith the Lord God, the God of
14 That in the day that I shall visite the transgressions of
vpon hym, I wil also visite the aulters of
, and the hornes of the aulter shalbe broken of, and fall to the grounde.
15 And I will smite the winter house with the sommer house, and the houses of
yuorie shall perishe, and the great houses shalbe consumed, saith the Lord.
1 Heare this worde ye kyne of Basan, that are in the mountaine of
, which oppresse the poore, & destroy the needy, which say to their maisters,
Bring and let vs drinke.
2 The Lord God hath sworne by his holinesse, that lo, the dayes shal come vpon
you, that he will take you away with thornes, and your posteritie with fishe
3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, euery [kowe] forward: and ye shal cast
your selues out of the palace, sayth the Lorde.
4 Come to
, and transgresse: to Gilgal, and multiplie transgression: and bring your
sacrifices in the morning, and your tythes after three yeres.
5 And offer a thankes geuing of leauen, publishe & proclayme the free
offringes: for this liketh you O ye children of
, sayth the Lorde God.
6 Therfore haue I geue you cleannesse of teeth in all your cities, &
scarsenesse of bread in all your places: yet haue ye not returned vnto me, sayth
7 And also I haue withholden the rayne from you when there were yet three
monethes to the haruest, and I caused it to rayne vpon one citie, and haue not
caused it to rayne vpon an other citie: one peece was raigned vpon, & the
peece whervpon it rayned 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, sayth the Lorde.
9 I haue smitten you with blasting and mildeaw, your great gardens, and your
vineyardes, and your figge trees, & your oliue trees, dyd the palmer worme
denoure: yet haue ye not returned vnto me sayth the Lorde.
10 Pestilence haue I sent among you after the maner of
: your young men haue I slayne with the sworde, & haue taken away your
horses, and I haue made the stinke of your tentes to come euen vp into your
nostrels: yet haue ye not returned vnto me, sayth the Lorde.
11 I haue ouerthrowen you, as God ouerthrewe Sodoma and Gomorra: and ye were as
a fire brande pluckt out of the burning: yet haue ye not returned vnto me, sayth
12 Therfore thus will I do vnto thee O Israel, [and] because I will do this vnto
thee, prepare to meete thy God O Israel.
13 For lo, he that fourmeth the mountaynes, and createth the winde, and
declareth vnto man what is his thought, whiche maketh the morning darkenesse,
and walketh vpon the hie places of the earth, the Lorde God of hoastes is his
1 Heare ye this worde whiche I lift vp vpon you, [euen] a lamentation of the
2 The virgin
is fallen, & shall no more rise: she is left vpon her lande, and there is
none to rayse her vp.
3 For thus sayth the Lorde God, The citie which went out by a thousand, shall
leaue an hundreth, & that whiche went foorth by an hundreth, shall leaue
ten, to the house of
4 For thus sayth the Lord vnto the house of
, Seke ye me, and ye shall liue.
5 But seke not
, nor enter into Gilgal, and go not to Beerseba: for Gilgal shall go into
shall come to naught.
6 Seke the Lord, and ye shall liue: lest he breake out like fire in the house of
Ioseph, and deuoure it, and there be noone to quenche it in
7 They turne iudgement to wormewood, and forsake righteousnesse in the earth.
8 He maketh the seuen starres 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 Lorde is his name.
9 He strengthneth the destroyer against the mightie, & the destroyer shall
come against the fortresse.
10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhorre him that speaketh
11 Forasmuch then as your treading is vpon the poore, and ye take from hym
burdens of wheate: ye haue buylt houses of hewen stone, but ye shall not dwell
in them: ye haue planted pleasaunt vineyardes, but ye shall not drinke wine of
12 For I knowe your manyfolde transgressions, and your mightie sinnes: they
afflict the iust, they take rewardes, and they oppresse the poore in the gate.
13 Therfore the wise shall kepe scilence in that time: for it is an euyll time.
14 Seke good and not euill, that ye may liue: & so the Lord God of hoastes
shalbe with you, as you haue spoken.
15 Hate the euill and loue the good, and establishe iudgement in the gate: it
may be, that the Lord God of hoastes wilbe mercifull vnto the remnaunt of Ioseph.
16 Therfore the Lorde God of hoastes the Lord sayth thus, Mourning shalbe in all
streetes, and they shall say in al the hye wayes, Alas, alas: and they shall cal
the husbandman to lamentation, and such as can mourne, to mourning.
17 And in all the vines shalbe lamentation: for I will passe through thee, sayth
18 Wo vnto you that desire the day of the Lorde, what haue ye to do with it? the
day of the Lorde is darkenes, and not light.
19 As if a man dyd flee from a lion, and a beare meete him, & went into the
house, and leaned his hand vnto the wal, and a serpent bite hym.
20 Shall not the day of the Lorde be darkenesse, and not light? euen darkenesse
and no light in it.
21 I hate, I abhorre your feast dayes, and I will not smell in your solemne
22 Though ye offer me burnt offeringes, and meate offeringes, I will not accept
them, neither will I regarde the peace offering of your fat beastes.
23 Take thou away from me the multitude of thy songues, for I will not heare the
melodie of thy violes.
24 And let iudgement run downe as water, and righteousnesse as a mightie riuer.
25 Haue ye offered vnto me sacrifices and offringes in the wildernesse fourtie
yeres, O house of
26 But ye haue borne Siccuth your king, and Chiun your images, and the starre of
your gods, which ye made to your selues.
27 Therfore will I cause you to go into captiuitie beyonde
, sayth the Lorde, whose name is the God of hoastes.
1 Wo to them that are at ease in Sion, and trust in the mountayne of
, which were famous at the beginning of the nations, & the house of
came to them.
2 Go you vnto Calneh, and see, and from thence go you to Hemath the great, then
go downe to
of the Philistines: be they better then these kingdomes? or the border of their
lande greater then your border?
3 Ye that put farre away the euyll day, and approche to the seate of iniquitie.
4 They lye vpon beddes of yuorie, and stretche them selues vpon their couches,
and eate the lambes out of the flocke, and the calues out of the stall.
5 They sing to the sounde of the viole, they inuent to them selues instrumentes
of musicke, like Dauid.
6 They drinke wine in bowles, and annoynt them selues with chiefe ointmentes:
but no man is sorie for the affliction of Ioseph.
7 Therfore nowe shall they go captiue with the first that go captiue, and the
sorowe of them that stretched them selues is at hande.
8 The Lorde God hath sworne by hym selfe, sayth the Lorde God of hoastes: I
abhorre the excellencie of Iacob, and hate his palaces, therfore will I deliuer
vp the citie, with all that is therin.
9 And if there remayne ten men in one house, they shall dye,
10 And his vncle shall take him vp, and burne him, to
out the bones out of the house, & shall say vnto him that is by the sides
of the house, Is there yet any with thee? And he shal say, None. Then shal he
say, Hold thy tongue: for we may not remember the name of the Lorde.
11 For behold the Lord commaundeth, and he will smyte the great house with
breaches, & the litle houses with cleftes.
12 Shal horses run vpo the rocke? or wil one plowe there with oxen? for ye haue
turned iudgement into gall, & the fruite of righteousnesse into wormewood.
13 Ye reioyce in a thing of naught, ye say: Haue not we gotten vs hornes by our
14 But behold, I wil rayse vp against you a nation O house of Israel, sayth the
Lorde God of hoastes, and they shall afflict you from the entring of Hemath,
vnto the riuer of the wildernesse.
1 Thus hath the Lorde God shewed vnto me, & beholde, he fourmed grashoppers
in the beginning of the shooting vp of ye latter growth, and lo it was in the
latter growth, after the kinges mowing.
2 And when they hath made an end of eating the
of the lande, then I sayde, O Lorde God, spare I beseche thee: who shall rayse
vp Iacob? for he is smal.
3 So the Lorde repented for this: it shall not be, sayth the Lorde.
4 Thus also hath the Lord God shewed vnto me, and behold, the Lord God called to
iudgement, by fire, & it deuoured the great deepe, and did eate vp a part.
5 Then sayde I, O Lorde God, ceasse I beseche thee: who shall rayse vp Iacob?
for he is smal.
6 So the Lord repented for this: this also shall not be, sayth the Lorde God.
7 Thus againe he shewed me, & beholde the Lorde stoode vpon a wall [made] by
line, with a line in his hande.
8 And the Lorde sayde vnto me, Amos what seest thou? And I sayde, A line. Then
sayd the Lorde, Beholde I will set a line in the mids of my people
, and wyll passe by them no more.
9 And the hie places of Isaac shalbe desolate, and the temples of
shalbe destroyed, and I will rise against the house of Ieroboam with the sworde.
10 Then Amazia the priest of
sent to Ieroboam king of
, saying: Amos hath conspired against thee in the mids of the house of
: the lande is not able to beare all his wordes.
11 For thus Amos sayth: Ieroboam shal die by the sworde, and
shalbe led away captiue out of their owne lande.
12 Also Amazia sayde to Amos, O thou the sear, Go, flee thou away into the lande
of Iuda, and there eate thy bread, and prophecie there.
13 But prophecie no more at
: for it is the kinges chappell, & it is the kinges court.
14 Then aunswered Amos, and sayde to Amazia, I was no prophete, neither was I a
prophetes sonne: but I was an heardeman, and a gatherer of wilde figges.
15 And the Lorde toke me as I folowed the flocke, and the Lord sayde vnto me,
Go, prophecie vnto my people
16 Now therfore heare thou the word of the Lorde: Thou sayest, Prophecie not
, and speake nothing against the house of Isaac.
17 Therfore thus sayth the Lorde, Thy wyfe shalbe an harlot in the citie, and
thy sonnes and thy daughters shall fall by the sworde, and thy land shalbe
deuided by line, and thou shalt die in a polluted land, and
shall surely go into captiuitie foorth of his lande.
1 Thus hath the Lorde God shewed vnto me: and beholde, a basket of sommer fruite.
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
, I wil passe by them no more.
3 And the songues of the
howlinges in that day sayth the Lorde God: many dead bodies shalbe in euery
place, they shal cast them foorth with scilence.
4 Heare this, O ye that swallow vp the poore, that ye may make the needy of the
lande to fayle,
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?
6 That we may bie the poore for siluer, and the needy for shoes, yea and sell
the refuse of the wheate?
7 The Lorde hath sworne by the excellencie of Iacob, surely I will neuer forget
any of their workes.
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
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.
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.
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
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
13 In that day shall the fayre virgins, and the young men perishe for thirst.
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
1 I saw the Lorde standing vpon the aulter, and he sayd: Smite the lintel of the
doore, that the postes may shake, & cut them in peeces, euen the heades of
them all, and I wil slay the last of them with the sworde: he that fleeth of
them, shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them, shall not be deliuered.
2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall my hande take them, though they clime
vp to heauen, thence will I bring them downe.
3 And though they hyde them selues in the top of Charmel, I will searche, and
take them out thence: and though they be hyd from my sight in the bottome of the
sea, thence will I commaunde the serpent, and he shall bite them.
4 And though they go into captiuitie before their enemies, thence wil I
commaunde the sworde & it shall slay them: and I will set myne eyes vpon
them for euill, and not for good.
5 And the Lorde God of hoastes shall touche the land, and it shall melt away:
and all that dwell therin shall mourne, and it shal rise vp whole like a flood,
and shalbe drowned as by the flood of
6 He buyldeth his spheres in the heauen, & hath layde the foundation of his
globe of elementes on the earth: he calleth the waters of the sea, and poureth
them out vpon the open earth, the Lorde is his name.
7 Are ye not as the Ethiopians vnto me O children of
, sayth the Lorde? haue not I brought vp
out of the lande of
? & the Philistines from Cappadocia, and the Syrians from Cyrene?
8 Behold, the eyes of the Lorde God are vpon the sinful kingdome, and I wil
destroy it cleane out of the earth: neuerthelesse, I wil not vtterly destroy the
house of Iacob, sayth the Lorde.
9 For lo, I will commaunde, and I will sifte the house of
among all nations, like as corne is sifted in a siue: yet shall not the least
stone fall vpon the earth.
10 But all the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The euyll
shall not come, nor hasten for vs.
11 In that day will I rayse vp the tabernacle of Dauid that is fallen downe, and
close vp the breaches thereof, and I will rayse vp his ruines, & I will
buyld it, as in the dayes of olde:
12 That they may possesse the remnaunt of Edom, & of all the heathen,
because my name is called vpon them, sayth 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 hym that soweth seede, and the mountaynes shal
drop sweete wine, & all the hilles shall melt.
14 And I wil bring againe the captiuitie of my people of
, and they shall buyld the wast cities, and inhabite them: and they shall plante
vineyardes, and drinke the wine therof, they shall also make gardens, and eate
the fruites of them.
15 And I will plant them vpon their land, and they shal no more be pulled vp
againe out of their lande which I haue geuen them, sayth the Lorde thy God.