Read - Amos 4:1-13

1 You women of Samaria are fat cows! You ill-treat and abuse the poor and needy, then you say to your husbands, “Bring us more drinks!” 2 I, the LORD God, have sworn by my own name that your time is coming. Not one of you will be left— you will be taken away by sharp hooks. 3 You will be dragged through holes in your city walls, and you will be thrown towards Harmon. I, the LORD, have spoken! 4 Come to Bethel and Gilgal. Sin all you want! Offer sacrifices the next morning and bring a tenth of your crops on the third day. 5 Bring offerings to show me how thankful you are. Gladly bring more offerings than I have demanded. You really love to do this. I, the LORD God, have spoken! 6 I, the LORD, took away the food from every town and village, but still you rejected me. 7 Three months before harvest, I kept back the rain. Sometimes I would let it fall on one town or field but not on another, and pastures dried up. 8 People from two or three towns would go to a town that still had water, but it wasn't enough. Even then you rejected me. I, the LORD, have spoken! 9 I dried up your grain fields; your gardens and vineyards turned brown. Locusts ate your fig trees and olive orchards, but even then you rejected me. I, the LORD, have spoken! 10 I did terrible things to you, just as I did to Egypt— I killed your young men in war; I let your horses be stolen, and I made your camp stink with dead bodies. Even then you rejected me. I, the LORD, have spoken! 11 I destroyed many of you, just as I did the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. You were a burning stick I rescued from the fire. Even then you rejected me. I, the LORD, have spoken! 12 Now, Israel, I myself will deal with you. Get ready to face your God! 13 I created the mountains and the wind. I let humans know what I am thinking. I bring darkness at dawn and step over hills. I am the LORD God All-Powerful!

Contemporary English Version Copyright © 1995 American Bible Society. British usage edition. Anglicisations © 1997 British and Foreign Bible Society