Amós 8

1 This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: a basket of ripe fruit.

2 "What do you see, Amos?" he asked. "A basket of ripe fruit," I answered. ¶ Then the LORD said to me, "The time is ripe for my people Israel; I will spare them no longer.

3 "In that day," declares the Sovereign LORD, "the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. [^1] Many, many bodies —flung everywhere! Silence!"

4 Hear this, you who trample the needy ¶ and do away with the poor of the land,

5 saying, ¶ "When will the New Moon be over ¶ that we may sell grain, ¶ and the Sabbath be ended ¶ that we may market wheat?" — ¶ skimping on the measure, ¶ boosting the price ¶ and cheating with dishonest scales,

6 buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, ¶ selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

7 The LORD has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: "I will never forget anything they have done.

8 "Will not the land tremble for this, ¶ and all who live in it mourn? ¶ The whole land will rise like the Nile; ¶ it will be stirred up and then sink ¶ like the river of Egypt.

9 "In that day," declares the Sovereign LORD, ¶ "I will make the sun go down at noon ¶ and darken the earth in broad daylight.

10 I will turn your religious festivals into mourning and all your singing into weeping. ¶ I will make all of you wear sackcloth ¶ and shave your heads. ¶ I will make that time like mourning for an only son ¶ and the end of it like a bitter day.

11 "The days are coming," declares the Sovereign LORD, ¶ "when I will send a famine through the land — ¶ not a famine of food or a thirst for water, ¶ but a famine of hearing the words of the LORD.

12 People will stagger from sea to sea and wander from north to east, ¶ searching for the word of the LORD, ¶ but they will not find it.

13 "In that day ¶ "the lovely young women and strong young men ¶ will faint because of thirst.

14 Those who swear by the sin of Samaria — who say, 'As surely as your god lives, Dan,' ¶ or, 'As surely as the god [^2] of Beersheba lives' — ¶ they will fall, never to rise again."