Amos 4 focuses on the stubbornness of Israel in the face of repeated warnings and chastisements from God. Amos addresses the women of Samaria, calling them "cows of Bashan," criticizing their opulence and lack of concern for the oppressed. The chapter recounts how God has sent various calamities, including famine, drought, blight, locusts, pestilence, and war, as warnings to Israel. Despite these, Israel has not returned to God. Amos emphasizes that each punishment was an opportunity for repentance, highlighted by the refrain, "Yet you have not returned to me,” declares the Lord. The prophet mocks the ritualistic worship of Israel, pointing out their hypocrisy and insincerity. The chapter concludes with a chilling warning that the day of judgment is near, and Israel will have to face God directly. Amos urges the people to prepare to meet their God, a meeting depicted not as comforting but as a fearsome reckoning. Amos 4 paints a picture of a nation that is recalcitrant and indifferent to the signs and messages sent by God, heading towards inevitable judgment.

Amos 4

1  Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

2  The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

3  And ye shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the LORD.

4  Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:

5  And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, 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 also I 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; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

9  I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

10  I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto 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 firebrand 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: and 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.

End of Amos 4

1 Year Plan:  Dec 10 - Amo 4, Amo 5, Rev 7

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