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Amos 5

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1You people MTY of Israel, listen to this funeral song that I will sing about you:
2“You are like MET a young woman, but in spite of that, you will certainly be struck down and you will never get up again! You will lie on the ground, abandoned, and there will be no one to help you stand up.”
3This is what Yahweh the Lord says to the people MTY of Israel: “When your enemies attack you, and when a thousand of your soldiers will go to a battle, there will be only a hundred who will survive. When a hundred soldiers march out from a city to fight, there will be only ten who will remain alive.”
4Yahweh continues to say to the people MTY of Israel: “You Israeli people, return to me! If you do that, you will continue to remain alive.
5Do not go to Bethel to seek my help; do not go to Gilgal to worship; do not even go to Beersheba, because your enemies will drag away the people of Gilgal to other countries, and Bethel will be completely destroyed.”
6So, come to Yahweh; if you do that, you will remain alive. If you do not do that, Yahweh will descend on you descendants MTY of Joseph like SIM a fire; that fire will burn everything in Bethel, and ◄nothing/no one► will be able to save that town.
7You people distort what is fair/right and cause people to think that it is something that is very bitter; you treat good things as though they are evil.
8Do you know who created all the groups of stars and put them in their places? Each morning he causes the darkness to become the dawn, and each evening he causes the daylight to become darkness. He scoops up water from the oceans to become clouds, and then he dumps the water from the clouds onto the earth. The one who does those things is named Yahweh.
9He causes strong soldiers to be killed, and causes the ◄high walls around/fortresses of► cities to be torn down.
10He is the one who will punish you because you hate those who challenge anyone who tries to make unjust decisions, and you hate those who tell the truth in your courts.
11You oppress poor people and force them to pay big taxes. You have built big stone mansions for yourselves, but you will not be able to live in them. You have planted vineyards, but there will not be any grapes for you to harvest to make wine.
12I know all of your sins and the terrible crimes that you have committed. You oppress righteous/honest people, and you accept bribes. You do not allow judges to treat poor people justly.
13This is a time when many people do evil things, so people who have good sense say nothing when they hear about such things being done.
14In order to remain alive, you must stop doing what is wrong, and start doing what is right. If you do that, the Commander of the armies of angels will be with you like you claim that he always is.
15Love what is good, and hate what is evil! Try to cause judges in your courts to make decisions that are right/fair! If you do those things, perhaps the Commander of the armies of angels will act mercifully toward you descendants of Joseph who are still alive.
16“Because I, Yahweh, will punish you for your sins, this is what I have solemnly declared: People will be wailing loudly in every street, and people will be very sorrowful in every plaza. Farmers will be summoned to come and weep, along with the other official mourners who will wail for those who have died.
17People will be wailing in your vineyards, because I will punish you IDM severely. That will surely happen because I, Yahweh, have said it!”
18Terrible things will happen to you who desire that it will soon be the day when Yahweh will punish your enemies, because that will be a day of darkness, not of light.

19At that time, when you try to run from a lion, you will face a bear. When you run into your house to be safe, and you put your hand on a wall, it will be bitten by a snake.
20That day, when he punishes people, will certainly be RHQ a very dark day MET, without even a little bit of light.
21Yahweh says, “I hate your religious celebrations and the times when you gather to worship me; I detest them DOU.
22Even if you bring me offerings that will be completely burned on the altar and offerings of grain, I will no longer accept them. Even if you bring me offerings to renew/maintain fellowship with me, I will not pay any attention to them.
23So, stop singing noisy/loud songs! I will not listen when you play harps.
24Instead, your continually acting justly/fairly and righteously should be never stop, like SIM the water in a river that never stops flowing.
25You Israeli people MTY, your ancestors wandered through the desert for forty years; and during that time, they never brought any sacrifices and offerings to me!
26But they carried the two idols that they had made— the idols of Succoth, the god that they considered to be their king, and Kaiwan, the image of the star that they worshiped.
27Therefore, now I will force you to go to a country that is far beyond Damascus! That will surely happen because I, the Commander of the armies of angels, have said it!”