Saturday, July 20, 2024

Advent 2023 Day 8

4 Hear this, you who trample the needy
    and do away with the poor of the land,
5 saying,
“When will the New Moon be over

    that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended

    that we may market wheat?”—
skimping on the measure,

    boosting the price

    and cheating with dishonest scales,

6 buying the poor with silver

    and the needy for a pair of sandals,

    selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

7 The Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: “I will never forget anything they have done.
8 “Will not the land tremble for this,

    and all who live in it mourn?
The whole land will rise like the Nile;

    it will be stirred up and then sink

    like the river of Egypt.

9 “In that day,” declares the Sovereign Lord,
“I will make the sun go down at noon

    and darken the earth in broad daylight.

10 I will turn your religious festivals into mourning

    and all your singing into weeping.
I will make all of you wear sackcloth

    and shave your heads.
I will make that time like mourning for an only son

    and the end of it like a bitter day.

(Amos 8:4-10, NIV)


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