Vayeshev Posted On Jan 1, 1980 | Haftarah Reading

This translation was taken from the JPS Tanakh.

Amos 2:6 – 3:8

Chapter 2

6 Thus said the Lord:
For three transgressions of Israel,
For four, I will not revoke it:
Because they have sold for silver
Those whose cause was just,
And the needy for a pair of sandals.
7 [Ah,] you who trample the heads of the poor
Into the dust of the ground
And make the humble walk a twisted course!
Father and son go to the same girl,
And thereby profane My holy name.
8 They recline by every altar
On garments taken in pledge,
And drink in the House of their God
Wine bought with fines they imposed.
9 Yet I destroyed the Amorite before them.
Whose stature was like the cedar’s
And who was stout as the oak,
Destroying his boughs above
And his trunk below!
10 And I brought you up from the land of Egypt
And led you through the wilderness forty years,
To posses the land of the Amorite!
11 And I raised up prophets from among your sons
And nazirites from among your young men.
Is that not so, O people of Israel?

— says the Lord.
12 But you made the nazirites drink wine
And ordered the prophets not to prophesy.
13 Ah, I will slow your movements
As a wagon is slowed
When it is full of cut grain.
14 Flight shall fail the swift,
The strong shall find no strength,
And the warrior shall not save his life.
15 The bowman shall not hold his ground,
And the fleet-footed shall not escape,
Nor horseman save his life.
16 Even the most stouthearted warrior
Shall run away unarmed that day

— declares the Lord.
Chapter 3
1 Hear this word, O people of Israel,
That the Lord has spoken concerning you,
Concerning the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt:
2 You alone have I singled out
Of all the families of the earth — 
That is why I will call you to account
For all your iniquities.

3 Can two walk together
Without having met?
4 Does a Lion roar in the forest
When he has no prey?
Does a great beast let out a cry from its den
Without having made a capture?
5 Does a bird drop on the ground — in a trap — 
With no snare there?
Does a trap spring up from the ground
Unless it has caught something?
6 When a ram’s horn is sounded in a town,
Do the people not take alarm?
Can misfortune come to a town
If the Lord has not caused it?
7 Indeed, my Lord God does nothing
Without having revealed His purpose
To His servants the prophets.
8 A lion has roared,
Who can but fear?
My Lord God has spoken,
Who can but prophesy?

Taken from Tanakh, The Holy Scriptures, (Philadelphia, Jerusalem: Jewish Publication Society) 1985.
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