Day 261

The 300 Day Bible – Day 261
The Preaching
Amos Chapter 3

1 Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up out of the land of Egypt, saying:

2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth; therefore I will visit upon you all your iniquities.

3 Will two walk together, except they have agreed?

4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? Will a young lion give forth his voice out of his den, if he have taken nothing?

5 Will a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where there is no lure for it? Will a snare spring up from the ground, and have taken nothing at all? 6 Shall the horn be blown in a city, and the people not tremble? Shall evil befall a city, and the LORD hath not done it?

7 For the Lord GOD will do nothing, but He revealeth His counsel unto His servants the prophets.

8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? The Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?

9 Proclaim it upon the palaces at Ashdod, and upon the palaces in the land of Egypt, and say:
‘Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the great confusions therein, and the oppressions in the midst thereof.’

10 For they know not to do right, saith the LORD, who store up violence and robbery in their palaces. {P}

11 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD:
An adversary, even round about the land! And he shall bring down thy strength from thee, and thy palaces shall be spoiled.

12 Thus saith the LORD:
As the shepherd rescueth out of the mouth of the lion two legs, or a piece of an ear, so shall the children of Israel that dwell in Samaria escape with the corner of a couch, and the leg of a bed.

13 Hear ye, and testify against the house of Jacob, saith the Lord GOD, the God of hosts.

14 For in the day that I shall visit the transgressions of Israel upon him, I will also punish the altars of Beth-el, and the horns of the altar shall be cut off, and fall to the ground.

15 And I will smite the winter-house with the summer-house; and the houses of ivory shall perish, and the great houses shall have an end, saith the LORD. {S}

Amos Chapter 4

1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, that oppress the poor, that crush the needy, that say unto their lords:
‘Bring, that we may feast.’

2 The Lord GOD hath sworn by His holiness:
Lo, surely the days shall come upon you, that ye shall be taken away with hooks, and your residue with fish-hooks.

3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every one straight before her; and ye shall be cast into Harmon, saith the LORD.

4 Come to Beth-el, and transgress, to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices in the morning, and your tithes after three days;

5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving of that which is leavened, and proclaim freewill-offerings and publish them; for so ye love to do, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places; yet have ye not returned unto Me, saith the LORD.

7 And I also have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest; and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city; one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.

8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city to drink water, and were not satisfied; yet have ye not returned unto Me, saith the LORD.

9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew; the multitude of your gardens and your vineyards and your fig-trees and your olive-trees hath the palmer-worm devoured; yet have ye not returned unto Me, saith the LORD. {S}

10 I have sent among you the pestilence in the way of Egypt; your young men have I slain with the sword, and have carried away your horses; and I have made the stench of your camp to come up even into your nostrils; yet have ye not returned unto Me, saith the LORD.

11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a brand plucked out of the burning; yet have ye not returned unto Me, saith the LORD.

12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel; because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

13 For, lo, He that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth; the LORD, the God of hosts, is His name. {P}

The Writing
Amos Chapter 5

1 Hear ye this word which I take up for a lamentation over you, O house of Israel:

2 The virgin of Israel is fallen, she shall no more rise; she is cast down upon her land, there is none to raise her up.

3 For thus saith the Lord GOD:
The city that went forth a thousand shall have a hundred left, and that which went forth a hundred shall have ten left, of the house of Israel.

4 For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel:
Seek ye Me, and live;

5 But seek not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beer-sheba; for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el shall come to nought.

6 Seek the LORD, and live–
lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and it devour, and there be none to quench it in Bethel–

7 Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and cast righteousness to the ground;

8 Him that maketh the Pleiades and Orion, and bringeth on the shadow of death in the morning, and darkeneth the day into night; that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth; the LORD is His name;

9 That causeth destruction to flash upon the strong, so that destruction cometh upon the fortress.

10 They hate him that reproveth in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.

11 Therefore, because ye trample upon the poor, and take from him exactions of wheat; ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them, ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine thereof.

12 For I know how manifold are your transgressions, and how mighty are your sins; ye that afflict the just, that take a ransom, and that turn aside the needy in the gate.

13 Therefore the prudent doth keep silence in such a time; for it is an evil time.

14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as ye say.

15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph. {S}

16 Therefore thus saith the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord:
Lamentation shall be in all the broad places, and they shall say in all the streets:
‘Alas! alas!’ and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and proclaim lamentation to such as are skilful of wailing.

17 And in all vineyards shall be lamentation; for I will pass through the midst of thee, saith the LORD. {P}

18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! Wherefore would ye have the day of the LORD? It is darkness, and not light.

19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; and went into the house and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.

20 Shall not the day of the LORD 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 Yea, though ye offer me burnt-offerings and your meal-offerings, I will not accept them; neither will I regard the peace-offerings of your fat beasts.

23 Take thou away from Me the noise of thy songs; and let Me not hear the melody of thy psalteries.

24 But let justice well up as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

25 Did ye bring unto Me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?

26 So shall ye take up Siccuth your king and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.

27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith He, whose name is the LORD God of hosts. {P}

The Writing
Esther Chapter 10

1 And the king Ahasuerus laid a tribute upon the land, and upon the isles of the sea.

2 And all the acts of his power and of his might, and the full account of the greatness of Mordecai, how the king advanced him, are they not written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Media and Persia?

3 For Mordecai the Jew was next unto king Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews, and accepted of the multitude of his brethren; seeking the good of his people and speaking peace to all his seed. {P}

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