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Amos 4

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 1 "Hear this word, you cows [women] of Bashan who are on the mountain of Samaria, who oppress the poor, who crush the needy, who say to their husbands, 'Bring, and let us drink.'

 2 The Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness that the days shall come upon you that they will take you away with hooks and your posterity with fishhooks.

 3 And you will go out through the breaches, every cow straight before her, and you will be cast to Harmon, says the LORD.

 4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply your transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning and your tithes every three days.

 5 Offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven [hypocrisy], and proclaim and brag about your freewill offerings, for you like to do this, O you children of Israel, says the Lord GOD.

 6 I have also given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities and need of bread in all your places; yet you have not returned to me, says the LORD.

 7 And I have also withheld the rain from you, when there were still three months until harvest. And I caused it to rain upon one city and caused it not to rain upon another city; one piece was rained upon, and the piece where it did not rain withered.

 8 So two or three cities staggered to one city to drink water, but they were not satisfied; yet you have not returned to me, says the LORD.

 9 I have struck you with blight and mildew; when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the locust devoured them; yet you have not returned to me, says the Lord.

 10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt; I have slain your young men with the sword and have taken away your horses, and I have made the stink of your camps come up to your nostrils; yet you have not returned to me, says the LORD.

 11 I have overthrown some of you as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a piece of burning wood plucked out of the fire; yet you have not returned to me, says the LORD.

 12 Therefore I will do this to you, O Israel; and because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.

 13 For behold, he who forms the mountains and creates the wind and shows a man what are his thoughts, who makes the morning darkness and treads upon the high places of the earth — The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name."


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