Good News Translation (GNB)
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A Vision of a Basket of Fruit

81I had another vision from the Sovereign LORD. In it I saw a basket of fruit. 2The LORD asked, “Amos, what do you see?”

“A basket of fruit,” I answered.

The LORD said to me, “The end8.2 end: The Hebrew words for “end” and “fruit” sound alike. has come for my people Israel. I will not change my mind again about punishing them. 3On that day the songs in the palace will become cries of mourning. There will be dead bodies everywhere. They will be thrown out in silence.”8.3 out in silence; or out. Silence!

Israel's Doom

4Listen to this, you that trample on the needy and try to destroy the poor of the country. 5You say to yourselves, “We can hardly wait for the holy days to be over so that we can sell our corn. When will the Sabbath end, so that we can start selling again? Then we can overcharge, use false measures, and tamper with the scales to cheat our customers. 6We can sell worthless wheat at a high price. We'll find a poor person who can't pay his debts, not even the price of a pair of sandals, and we'll buy him as a slave.”

7The LORD, the God of Israel, has sworn, “I will never forget their evil deeds. 8And so the earth will quake, and everyone in the land will be in distress. The whole country will be shaken; it will rise and fall like the River Nile. 9The time is coming when I will make the sun go down at noon and the earth grow dark in daytime. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken. 10I will turn your festivals into funerals and change your glad songs into cries of grief. I will make you shave your heads and wear sackcloth, and you will be like parents mourning for their only child. That day will be bitter to the end.

11“The time is coming when I will send famine on the land. People will be hungry, but not for bread; they will be thirsty, but not for water. They will hunger and thirst for a message from the LORD. I, the Sovereign LORD, have spoken. 12People will wander from the Dead Sea to the Mediterranean and then on from the north to the east. They will look everywhere for a message from the LORD, but they will not find it. 13On that day even healthy young men and women will collapse from thirst. 14Those who swear by the idols of Samaria, who say, ‘By the god of Dan,’ or, ‘By the god of Beersheba’ — those people will fall and not rise again.”

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The Lord's Judgements

91I saw the Lord standing by the altar. He gave the command: “Strike the tops of the temple columns so hard that the whole porch will shake. Break them off and let them fall on the heads of the people. I will kill the rest of the people in war. No one will get away; not one will escape. 2Even if they dig their way down to the world of the dead, I will catch them. Even if they climb up to heaven, I will bring them down. 3If they hide on the top of Mount Carmel, I will search for them and catch them. If they hide from me at the bottom of the sea, I will command the sea monster9.3 sea monster: It was believed that the sea was inhabited by a great monster. This creature, like all others, was regarded as under God's control. to bite them. 4If they are taken away into captivity by their enemies, I will order them to be put to death. I am determined to destroy them, not to help them.”

5The Sovereign LORD Almighty touches the earth,

and it quakes;

all who live there mourn.

The whole world rises and falls like the River Nile.

6The LORD builds his home in the heavens,

and over the earth he puts the dome of the sky.

He calls for the waters of the sea

and pours them out on the earth.

His name is the LORD!

7The LORD says, “People of Israel, I think as much of the people of Ethiopia9.7 Ethiopia: See Word List. as I do of you. I brought the Philistines from Crete and the Syrians from Kir, just as I brought you from Egypt. 8I, the Sovereign LORD, am watching this sinful kingdom of Israel, and I will destroy it from the face of the earth. But I will not destroy all the descendants of Jacob.

9“I will give the command and shake the people of Israel like corn in a sieve. I will shake them among the nations to remove all who are worthless. 10The sinners among my people will be killed in war — all those who say, ‘God will not let any harm come near us.’ ”

The Future Restoration of Israel

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9.11–12:
Acts 15.16–18
The LORD says, “A day is coming when I will restore the kingdom of David, which is like a house fallen into ruins. I will repair its walls and restore it. I will rebuild it and make it as it was long ago. 12And so the people of Israel will conquer what is left of the land of Edom and all the nations that were once mine,” says the LORD, who will cause this to happen.

13“The days are coming,” says the LORD,

“when corn will grow faster than it can be harvested,

and grapes will grow faster than the wine can be made.

The mountains will drip with sweet wine,

and the hills will flow with it.

14I will bring my people back to their land.

They will rebuild their ruined cities and live there;

they will plant vineyards and drink the wine;

they will plant gardens and eat what they grow.

15I will plant my people on the land I gave them,

and they will not be pulled up again.”

The LORD your God has spoken.