Amos 5:18-27

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The Day of the LORD 18Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD ! Why do you long for the day of the LORD ? That day will be darkness, not light.

19It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him.

20Will not the day of the LORD be darkness, not light— pitch-dark, without a ray of brightness?

21“I hate, I despise your religious festivals; your assemblies are a stench to me.

22Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Though you bring choice fellowship offerings, I will have no regard for them.

23Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.

24But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

25“Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?

26You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god Or lifted up Sakkuth your king / and Kaiwan your idols, / your star-gods; Septuagint lifted up the shrine of Molek / and the star of your god Rephan, / their idols — which you made for yourselves. 27Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,” says the LORD, whose name is God Almighty.