Amos 2 (Temporary English Version - TempEV) printable version

1 Thus says Adonai:
Because of three rebellions by Moab, because of four...
I will not call it back;
because of burning the king of Edom's bones to make lime.
2 I will send fire on Moab,
and it will consume the citadels of Kerioth,
and Moab shall die in the uproar,
in the shouting, to the sound of trumpet;
3 I will cut off the leader from among them,
and will kill all their officials with him,
Says Adonai.

4 Thus says Adonai:
Because of three rebellions by Judah, because of four...
I will not call it back;
because they have rejected Adonai's instruction,
and his decrees they have not kept,
but they are led astray by the same "lies"
their ancestors went after.
5 So I will send fire on Judah,
and it will consume the citadels of Jerusalem.

6 Thus says Adonai:
Because of three rebellions by Israel, because of four...
I will not call it back;
because they sell the righteous for silver,
and the needy for the sake of a pair of sandals-

7 laughing because the dust of the land is on poor people's heads,
and pushing aside the humble from the path;
a man and his father go with the same servant-girl,
so that my holy reputation is defiled;

8 and on clothing taken as security,
they spread out beside every altar;
and the wine of those they fined,
they drink in the house of their God.

9 Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them,
tall as cedars,
and strong as oaks;
I destroyed them, fruit above,
and roots below.
10 I brought you out of the land of Egypt,
and I led you in the wilderness, for forty years,
to take possession the Amorite's land.

11 I appointed some of your children as prophets
and some of your youths as Nazirites.
Isn't it indeed so, children of Israel?
Adonai's oracle.
12 But you gave the Nazirites wine to drink, and prophets you ordered,
"You must not prophesy!"

13 Look! I am creaking beneath you,
like a cart full of straw creaks.

14 Flight shall perish before the speedy,
and the strong will not confirm their strength,
nor the hero save his life;
15 those who hold bows will not stand,
and speedy feet will not save,
nor those who ride horses save their lives;
16 even the firm hearted of the heroes
will flee naked in that day,
Adonai's oracle.


This very literal translation was prepared by Dr Tim Bulkeley for use with this Amos commentary
(His son named it the Temporary English Version because it kept changing!)