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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 8

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1This is what my Lord GOD showed me: There was a basket of figs. i Heb. qayiß, lit. “summer fruit.” 2 He said, “What do you see, Amos?” “A basket of figs,” I replied. And the LORD said to me: “The a‐ Heb. qeß. hour of doom ‐a Heb. qeß. has come for My people Israel; I will not pardon them again. 3 And the singing women of the palace shall howl on that day—declares my Lord GOD:

So many corpses Left lying everywhere! Hush!”

4Listen to this, you b‐ Emendation yields “who on every new moon devour the needy, and on every sabbath the humble of the land”; cf. v. 5 . who devour the needy, annihilating the poor of the land, ‐b Emendation yields “who on every new moon devour the needy, and on every sabbath the humble of the land”; cf. v. 5 . 5 saying, “If only the new moon were over, so that we could sell grain; the sabbath, so that we could offer wheat for sale, c‐ Giving short measures of grain, but using oversize weights for the silver received in payment. using an ephah that is too small, and a shekel that is too big, ‐c Giving short measures of grain, but using oversize weights for the silver received in payment. tilting a dishonest scale, 6 and selling grain refuse as grain! We will buy the poor for silver, the needy for a pair of sandals.” 7 The LORD swears by d Or “concerning”; cf. 6.8 with note. the Pride of Jacob: “I will never forget any of their doings.”

8Shall not the earth shake for this And all that dwell on it mourn? Shall it not all rise like the Nile And surge and subside like the Nile of Egypt? 9And in that day—declares my Lord GOD— I will make the sun set at noon, I will darken the earth on a sunny day. 10I will turn your festivals into mourning And all your songs into dirges; I will put sackcloth on all loins And tonsures on every head. I will make it e I.e., the earth; cf. vv. 8 and 9d . mourn as for an only child, All f Lit. “the end.” of it as on a bitter day.

11A time is coming—declares my Lord GOD—when I will send a famine upon the land: not a hunger for bread or a thirst for water, but for hearing the words of the LORD. 12Men shall wander from g‐ Emendation yields “south to west.” sea to sea ‐g Emendation yields “south to west.” and from north to east to seek the word of the LORD, but they shall not find it.

13In that day, the beautiful maidens and the young men shall faint with thirst—

14Those who swear by the guilt of Samaria, Saying, “As your god lives, Dan,” h See 1 Kings 12.28–29. And “As the way to Beer‐sheba lives” a See 5.5 with note. They shall fall to rise no more.

Notes:

i Heb. qayiß, lit. “summer fruit.”

a‐a Heb. qeß.

b‐b Emendation yields “who on every new moon devour the needy, and on every sabbath the humble of the land”; cf. v. 5 .

c‐c Giving short measures of grain, but using oversize weights for the silver received in payment.

d Or “concerning”; cf. 6.8 with note.

e I.e., the earth; cf. vv. 8 and 9d .

f Lit. “the end.”

g‐g Emendation yields “south to west.”

h See 1 Kings 12.28–29.

a See 5.5 with note.

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