Chapter 8

Amos prophesies the downfall of Israel—There will be a famine of hearing the word of the Lord.

 Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit.

 And he said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The aend is come upon my people of Israel; I will not again bpass by them any more.

 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord God: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence.

 ¶Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

 Saying, When will the new moon be gone, that we may sell corn? and the asabbath, that we may set forth wheat, making the bephah small, and the shekel great, and falsifying the cbalances by deceit?

 That we may abuy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?

 The Lord hath sworn by the aexcellency of Jacob, Surely I will never bforget any of their works.

 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one amourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall bbe cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.

 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord God, that I will cause the asun to go down at noon, and I will bdarken the cearth in the clear day:

 10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into alamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and bbaldness upon every head; and I will make it as the mourning of an conly son, and the end thereof as a bitter day.

 11 ¶Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a afamine of bread, nor a bthirst for water, but of hearing the cwords of the Lord:

 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall arun to and fro to seek the word of the Lord, and shall not find it.

 13 In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst.

 14 They that aswear by the sin of Samaria, and say, Thy god, O bDan, liveth; and, The manner of Beer-sheba liveth; even they shall fall, and never rise up again.