Amós 9

1 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said: ¶ "Strike the tops of the pillars ¶ so that the thresholds shake. ¶ Bring them down on the heads of all the people; ¶ those who are left I will kill with the sword. ¶ Not one will get away, ¶ none will escape.

2 Though they dig down to the depths below, from there my hand will take them. ¶ Though they climb up to the heavens above, ¶ from there I will bring them down.

3 Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, there I will hunt them down and seize them. ¶ Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea, ¶ there I will command the serpent to bite them.

4 Though they are driven into exile by their enemies, there I will command the sword to slay them. ¶ "I will keep my eye on them ¶ for harm and not for good."

5 The Lord, the LORD Almighty — ¶ he touches the earth and it melts, ¶ and all who live in it mourn; ¶ the whole land rises like the Nile, ¶ then sinks like the river of Egypt;

6 he builds his lofty palace [^1] in the heavens and sets its foundation [^2] on the earth; ¶ he calls for the waters of the sea ¶ and pours them out over the face of the land — ¶ the LORD is his name.

7 "Are not you Israelites ¶ the same to me as the Cushites [^3] ?" ¶ declares the LORD. ¶ "Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt, ¶ the Philistines from Caphtor [^4] and the Arameans from Kir?

8 "Surely the eyes of the Sovereign LORD ¶ are on the sinful kingdom. ¶ I will destroy it ¶ from the face of the earth. ¶ Yet I will not totally destroy ¶ the descendants of Jacob," ¶ declares the LORD.

9 "For I will give the command, and I will shake the people of Israel ¶ among all the nations ¶ as grain is shaken in a sieve, ¶ and not a pebble will reach the ground.

10 All the sinners among my people will die by the sword, ¶ all those who say, ¶ 'Disaster will not overtake or meet us.'

11 "In that day ¶ "I will restore David's fallen shelter — ¶ I will repair its broken walls ¶ and restore its ruins — ¶ and will rebuild it as it used to be,

12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that bear my name, [^5] " ¶ declares the LORD, who will do these things.

13 "The days are coming," declares the LORD, ¶ "when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman ¶ and the planter by the one treading grapes. ¶ New wine will drip from the mountains ¶ and flow from all the hills,

14 and I will bring my people Israel back from exile. [^6] "They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. ¶ They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; ¶ they will make gardens and eat their fruit.

15 I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted ¶ from the land I have given them," ¶ says the LORD your God.

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