1 While standing guard on the watchtower, I waited for the LORD's answer, before explaining the reason for my complaint.
2 Then the LORD told me: "I will give you my message in the form of a vision. Write it clearly enough to be read at a glance.
3 At the time I have decided, my words will come true. You can trust what I say about the future. It may take a long time, but keep on waiting-- it will happen!
4 "I, the LORD, refuse to accept anyone who is proud. Only those who live by faith are acceptable to me."
5 Wine is treacherous, and arrogant people are never satisfied. They are no less greedy than death itself-- they open their mouths as wide as the world of the dead and swallow everyone.
6 But they will be mocked with these words: You're doomed! You stored up stolen goods and cheated others of what belonged to them.
7 But without warning, those you owe will demand payment. Then you will become a frightened victim.
8 You robbed cities and nations everywhere on earth and murdered their people. Now those who survived will be as cruel to you.
The Contemporary English Version, c1995 by the American Bible Society.
Selected texts provided for use with the Amos: Hypertext Bible Commentary