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Amos 4 - NIV

Israel Has Not Returned to God


Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria,
you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy
and say to your husbands, “Bring us some drinks!”

2 The Sovereign Lord has sworn by his holiness:
“The time will surely come
when you will be taken away with hooks,
the last of you with fishhooks.[a]

3 You will each go straight out
through breaches in the wall,
and you will be cast out toward Harmon,[b]
declares the Lord.

4 “Go to Bethel and sin;
go to Gilgal and sin yet more.
Bring your sacrifices every morning,
your tithes every three years.[c]

5 Burn leavened bread as a thank offering
and brag about your freewill offerings—
boast about them, you Israelites,
for this is what you love to do,”
declares the Sovereign Lord.


“I gave you empty stomachs in every city
and lack of bread in every town,
yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.


“I also withheld rain from you
when the harvest was still three months away.
I sent rain on one town,
but withheld it from another.
One field had rain;
another had none and dried up.

8 People staggered from town to town for water
but did not get enough to drink,
yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.


“Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards,
destroying them with blight and mildew.
Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees,
yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.


“I sent plagues among you
as I did to Egypt.
I killed your young men with the sword,
along with your captured horses.
I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps,
yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.


“I overthrew some of you
as I overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.
You were like a burning stick snatched from the fire,
yet you have not returned to me,”
declares the Lord.


“Therefore this is what I will do to you, Israel,
and because I will do this to you, Israel,
prepare to meet your God.”


He who forms the mountains,
who creates the wind,
and who reveals his thoughts to mankind,
who turns dawn to darkness,
and treads on the heights of the earth—
the Lord God Almighty is his name.


a. Amos 4:2 Or away in baskets,the last of you in fish baskets
b. Amos 4:3 Masoretic Text; with a different word division of the Hebrew (see Septuagint) out, you mountain of oppression
c. Amos 4:4 Or days

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Shared by: Davon Huss on Sep, 2012
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Jack Woodard avatar
Shared by: Jack Woodard on Jul, 2011
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Leonard Davis avatar
Shared by: Leonard Davis on May, 2009
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Ed Wood avatar
Shared by: Ed Wood on Jun, 2008
Summary: A message about the most important decision a person must make.
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Scripture: Amos 4:12
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Shared by: James May on Jun, 2008
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Shared by: Frederick Baker II on Feb, 2008
Summary: This is a sermon with a Warning to it.
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Shared by: R. David Reynolds on Jan, 2008
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Shared by: Philip Harrelson on Aug, 2007
Summary: This message is a challenge to prayer instead of the busy-ness of church life.
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Shared by: Jim Drake on Aug, 2007
Summary: There are two ways to prepare to meet God—on our terms or on His terms.
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Shared by: Sam Dilbeck on Nov, 2006
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Shared by: Ron Murphy on Jul, 2006
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Shared by: David Quackenbush on Nov, 2004
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Shared by: Aaron Householder on Sep, 2004
Summary: Second in a series of five sermons from Amos; because of his love for us God desires our faithfulness to him.
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Shared by: Denn Guptill on Aug, 2004
Summary: What steps do we have to take to prepare to meet our God.
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Shared by: Bobby Roger on Feb, 2004
Summary: a message about the reality of God’s judgment
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Shared by: Tom Doubt on Jan, 2004
Summary: Mad Cow Disease is an appropriate allegory for sin; it easily infects, it changes our attitude & behavior; but unlike the disease, sin can be cured at the foot of the cross.
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Shared by: Eddie Snipes on Feb, 2003
Summary: Is our nation withing God’s will as we prepare for war and what is the church’s responsibility?
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Shared by: Michael Goodfellow on Jun, 2002
Summary: The first in a summer series on the Minor Prophets.
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Shared by: Douglas Phillips on Aug, 2001
Summary: Those who will not fearfully respect the power of God, are those who will most likely feel His hand of Discipline.
based on 36 ratings
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Shared by: Chris Appleby on May, 2001
Summary: Amos reminds us of the need to seek God’s face, not just religious behaviour.
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