A Vision of Ripe Fruit
1Then the Sovereign Lord showed me another vision. In it I saw a basket filled with ripe fruit. 2“What do you see, Amos?” he asked.
I replied, “A basket full of ripe fruit.”
Then the Lord said, “Like this fruit, Israel is ripe for punishment! I will not delay their punishment again. 3In that day the singing in the temple will turn to wailing. Dead bodies will be scattered everywhere. They will be carried out of the city in silence. I, the Sovereign Lord, have spoken!”
4Listen to this, you who rob the poor
and trample down the needy!
5You can’t wait for the Sabbath day to be over
and the religious festivals to end
so you can get back to cheating the helpless.
You measure out grain with dishonest measures
and cheat the buyer with dishonest scales.*8:5 Hebrew You make the ephah [a unit for measuring grain] small and the shekel [a unit of weight] great, and you deal falsely by using deceitful balances.
6And you mix the grain you sell
with chaff swept from the floor.
Then you enslave poor people
for one piece of silver or a pair of sandals.
7Now the Lord has sworn this oath
by his own name, the Pride of Israel*8:7 Hebrew the pride of Jacob. See note on
“I will never forget
the wicked things you have done!
8The earth will tremble for your deeds,
and everyone will mourn.
The ground will rise like the Nile River at floodtime;
it will heave up, then sink again.
9“In that day,” says the Sovereign Lord,
“I will make the sun go down at noon
and darken the earth while it is still day.
10I will turn your celebrations into times of mourning
and your singing into weeping.
You will wear funeral clothes
and shave your heads to show your sorrow—
as if your only son had died.
How very bitter that day will be!
11“The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign Lord,
“when I will send a famine on the land—
not a famine of bread or water
but of hearing the words of the Lord.
12People will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from border to border*8:12 Hebrew from north to east.
searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.
13Beautiful girls and strong young men
will grow faint in that day,
thirsting for the Lord’s word.
14And those who swear by the shameful idols of Samaria—
who take oaths in the name of the god of Dan
and make vows in the name of the god of Beersheba*8:14 Hebrew the way of Beersheba. —
they will all fall down,
never to rise again.”