Old Testament

Amos 8
The Fourth Vision: The Basket of Summer Fruit
81This is what the Lord God showed me: I saw a basket of ripe summer fruit. 2Then he asked, “What do you see, Amos?”
I said, “A basket of ripe summer fruit.”
Then the Lord said to me, “The end is coming upon my people Israel.[] I will no longer overlook their sin. 3The singing women of the palace[] will wail on that day, declares the Lord God. Many corpses thrown everywhere! Silence!”
Fraud and Hypocrisy on Holy Days
4Listen to this, you who trample on the needy
to wipe out the oppressed from the land,
5who say, “When will the New Moon be over so that we can sell grain?
When will the Sabbath end so that we can open the grain bins?
Then we will make the bushel[] smaller and make the shekel weight heavier.[]
We will cheat with dishonest scales.
6We will buy the poor for silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals.
We will sell the chaff with the grain.”
A Famine of the Lord's Word
7The Lord swears by the Pride of Jacob,
“I will never forget any of their deeds!”
8Because of this, the land will shake,
and everyone living in it will mourn.
The whole land will rise up like the Nile.
It will surge and sink down again like the Nile of Egypt.
9Here is what will happen on that day, declares the Lord God:
I will make the sun set at noon,
and I will bring darkness on the earth when it should be light.
10I will turn your festivals into mourning
and all of your songs into a lamentation.
I will put sackcloth on all your waists
and baldness on every head.
I will make that day like the mourning for an only son,
and it will end like a bitter day.
11Look, the days are coming, declares the Lord God,
when I will send a famine into the land—
not a famine of bread
nor a thirst for water,
but rather a famine of hearing the words of the Lord.
12People will stumble from sea to sea
and from north to east.
They will roam back and forth seeking the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.
13On that day the beautiful virgins will faint,
and the young men will grow weak from thirst.
14Those who swear by the shameful guilt[] of Samaria,
those who say, “As your god lives, Dan,”
or, “The way of Beersheba lives”—
they will fall, and they will never rise again.


  • 8:2 The Hebrew words for summer fruit and end sound alike. Just as the summer fruit is ripe, Israel is ripe for judgment.
  • 8:3 Or the songs of the temple
  • 8:5 Literally the ephah.
  • 8:5 Merchants cheated by measuring out the grain they were selling with an undersized container and weighing the silver they received with an overweight shekel.
  • 8:14 Possibly a distortion of the name of the goddess Ashima/Asherah