Amos 5

MLV(i) 1 Hear this word which I take up for a lamentation over you*, O house of Israel. 2 The virgin of Israel has fallen; she will no more rise. She is cast down upon her land; there is none to raise her up.
3 For thus says the lord Jehovah: The city that went forth a thousand will have a hundred left and what went forth a hundred will have ten left, to the house of Israel.
4 For Jehovah says thus to the house of Israel: Seek me and you* will live. 5 But do not seek Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal and pass not to Beer-sheba. For Gilgal will surely go into captivity and Bethel will come to nothing.
6 Seek Jehovah and you* will live, lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph and it devour and there is none to quench it in Bethel.
7 You* who turn justice to wormwood and cast down righteousness to the earth, 8 seek he who makes the Pleiades and Orion and turns the shadow of death into the morning and makes the day dark with night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the face of the earth (Jehovah is his name), 9 who brings sudden destruction upon the strong, so that destruction comes upon the fortress.
10 They hate he who reproves in the gate and they abhor he who speaks uprightly. 11 Inasmuch therefore as you* trample upon the poor and take exactions of wheat from him. You* have built houses of hewn stone, but you* will not dwell in them. You* have planted pleasant vineyards, but you* will not drink the wine of it.
12 For I know how great are your* transgressions and how mighty are your* sins–you* who afflict the just man, who take a bribe and who turn aside the needy in the gate. 13 Therefore he who is prudent will keep silence in such a time, for it is an evil time.
14 Seek good and not evil, that you* may live and so Jehovah, the God of hosts, will be with you*, as you* say. 15 Hate the evil and love the good and establish justice in the gate. It may be that Jehovah, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
16 Therefore Jehovah says thus, the God of hosts, the Lord: Wailing will be in all the broad ways. And they will say in all the streets, Alas! Alas! And they will call the farmer to mourning and such as are skillful in lamentation to wailing. 17 And in all vineyards will be wailing, for I will pass through the midst of you, says Jehovah.
18 Woe to you* who desire the day of Jehovah! Why would you* have the day of Jehovah? It is darkness and not light. 19 As if a man fled from a lion and a bear met him, or went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall and a serpent bit him. 20 Shall not the day of Jehovah be darkness and not light, even very dark and no brightness in it?
21 I hate, I despise your* feasts and I will take no delight in your* solemn assemblies. 22 Yes, though you* offer me your* burnt offerings and meal offerings, I will not accept them, nor will I regard the peace offerings of your* fat beasts. 23 You take away from me the noise of your songs, for I will not hear the melody of your viols. 24 But let justice roll down as waters and righteousness as a mighty stream.
25 Did you* bring sacrifices and offerings to me in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? 26 Yes, you* have borne the tabernacle of Moloch and the star of your* god Remphan, your* images which you* made to yourselves. 27 Therefore I will cause you* to go into captivity beyond Damascus, says Jehovah, whose name is the God of hosts.