Verses Omitted From Roman Catholic Mass Readings
Chapter 1 verses 1-15 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 The words of Amos, who was among herdsmen of Thecua: which he saw concerning Israel in the days of Ozias king of Juda, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joas king of Israel two years before the earthquake.
 And he said: The Lord will roar from Sion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem: and the beautiful places of the shepherds have mourned, and the top of Carmel is withered.
 Thus saith the Lord: For three crimes of Damascus, and for four I will not convert it: because they have thrashed Galaad with iron wains.  And I will send a fire into the house of Azael, and it shall devour the houses of Benadad.  And I will break the bar of Damascus: and I will cut off the inhabitants from the plain of the idol, and him that holdeth the sceptre from the house of pleasure: and the people of Syria shall be carried away to Cyrene, saith the Lord.
 Thus saith the Lord: For three crimes of Gaza, and for four I will not convert it: because they have carried away a perfect captivity to shut them up in Edom.  And I will send a fire on the wall of Gaza, and it shall devour the houses thereof.  And I will cut off the inhabitant from Azotus, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ascalon: and I will turn my hand against Accaron, and the rest of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord God.
 Thus saith the Lord: For three crimes of Tyre, and for four I will not convert it: because they have shut up an entire captivity in Edom, and have not remembered the covenant of brethren.  And I will send a fire upon the wall of Tyre, and it shall devour the houses thereof.
 Thus saith the Lord: For three crimes of Edom, and for four I will not convert him: because he hath pursued his brother with the sword, and hath cast off all pity, and hath carried on his fury, and hath kept his wrath to the end.  I will send a fire into Theman: and it shall devour the houses of Bosra.
 Thus saith the Lord: For three crimes of the children of Ammon, and for four I will not convert him: because he hath ripped up the women with child of Galaad to enlarge his border.  And I will kindle a fire in the wall of Rabba: and it shall devour the houses thereof with shouting in the day of battle, and with a whirlwind in the day of trouble.  And Melchom shall go into captivity, both he, and his princes together, saith the Lord.
Chapter 2 verses 1-5, 11-12 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Thus saith the Lord: For three crimes of Moab, and for four I will not convert him: because he hath burnt the bones of the king of Edom even to ashes.  And I will send a fire into Moab, and it shall devour the houses of Carioth: and Moab shall die with a noise, with the sound of the trumpet:  And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all his princes with him, saith the Lord.
 Thus saith the Lord: For three crimes of Juda, and for four I will not convert him: because he hath cast away the law of the Lord, and hath not kept his commandments: for their idols have caused them to err, after which their fathers have walked.  And I will send a fire into Juda, and it shall devour the houses of Jerusalem.
 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not so, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord?  And you will present wine to the Nazarites: and command the prophets, saying: Prophesy not.
Chapter 3 verses 9-15 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Publish it in the houses of Azotus, and in the houses of the land of Egypt, and say: Assemble yourselves upon the mountains of Samaria, and behold the many follies in the midst thereof, and them that suffer oppression in the inner rooms thereof.
 And they have not known to do the right thing, saith the Lord, storing up iniquity, and robberies in their houses.  Therefore thus saith the Lord God: The land shall be in tribulation, and shall be compassed about: and thy strength shall be taken away from thee, and thy houses shall be spoiled.
 Thus saith the Lord: As if a shepherd should get out of the lion's mouth two legs, or the tip of the ear: so shall the children of Israel be taken out that dwell in Samaria, in a piece of a bed, and in the couch of Damascus.
 Hear ye, and testify in the house of Jacob, saith the Lord the God of hosts:  That in the day when I shall begin to visit the transgressions of Israel, I will visit upon him, and upon the altars of Bethel: and the horns of the altars shall be cut off, and shall fall to the ground.  And I will strike the winter house with the summer house: and the houses of ivory shall perish, and many houses shall be destroyed, saith the Lord.
Chapter 4 verses 1-10, 13 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Hear this word, ye fat kine that are in the mountains of Samaria: you that oppress the needy, and crush the poor: that say to your masters: Bring, and we will drink.
 The Lord God hath sworn by his holiness, that lo, the days shall come upon you, when they shall lift you up on pikes, and what shall remain of you in boiling pots.  And you shall go out at the breaches one over against the other, and you shall be cast forth into Armon, saith the Lord.
 Come ye to Bethel, and do wickedly: to Galgal, and multiply transgressions: and bring in the morning your victims, your tithes in three days.  And offer a sacrifice of praise with leaven: and call free offerings, and proclaim it: for so you would do, O children of Israel, saith the Lord God.
 Whereupon I also have given you dulness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet you have not returned to me, saith the Lord.
 I also 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 I rained not, withered.  And two and three cities went to one city to drink water, and were not filled: yet you returned not to me, saith the Lord.
 I struck you with a burning wind, and with mildew, the palmerworm hath eaten up your many gardens, and your vineyards: your olive groves, and fig groves: yet you returned not to me, saith the Lord.
 I sent death upon you in the way of Egypt, I slew your young men with the sword, even to the captivity of your horses: and I made the stench of your camp to come up into your nostrils: yet you returned not to me, saith the Lord.
 For behold he that formeth the mountains and createth the wind, and declareth his word to man, he that maketh the morning mist, and walketh upon the high places of the earth: the Lord the God of hosts is his name.
Chapter 5 verses 1-13, 16-20, 25-27 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 Hear ye this word, which I take up concerning you for a lamentation. The house of Israel is fallen, and it shall rise no more.
 The virgin of Israel is cast down upon her land, there is none to raise her up.  For thus saith the Lord God: The city, out of which came forth a thousand, there shall be left in it a hundred: and out of which there came a hundred, there shall be left in it ten, in the house of Israel.
 For thus saith the Lord to the house of Israel: Seek ye me, and you shall live.  But seek not Bethel, and go not into Galgal, neither shall you pass over to Bersabee: for Galgal shall go into captivity, and Bethel shall be unprofitable.
 Seek ye the Lord, and live: lest the house of Joseph be burnt with fire, and it shall devour, and there shall be none to quench Bethel.  You that turn judgment into wormwood, and forsake justice in the land,
 Seek him that maketh Arcturus, and Orion, and that turneth darkness into morning, and that changeth day into night: that calleth the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The Lord is his name.  He that with a smile bringeth destruction upon the strong, and waste upon the mighty.
 They have hated him that rebuketh in the gate: and have abhorred him that speaketh perfectly.  Therefore because you robbed the poor, and took the choice prey from him: you shall build houses with square stone, and shall not dwell in them: you shall plant most delightful vineyards, and shall not drink the wine of them.  Because I know your manifold crimes, and your grievous sins: enemies of the just, taking bribes, and oppressing the poor in the gate.
 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence at that time, for it is an evil time.
 Therefore thus saith the Lord the God of hosts the sovereign Lord: In every street there shall be wailing: and in all places that are without, they shall say: Alas, alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skillful in lamentation to lament.  And in all vineyards there shall be wailing: because I will pass through in the midst of thee, saith the Lord.
 Woe to them that desire the day of the Lord: to what end is it for you? the day of the Lord is darkness, and not light.  As if a man should flee from the face of a lion, and a bear should meet him: or enter into the house, and lean with his hand upon the wall, and a serpent should bite him.  Shall not the day of the Lord be darkness, and not light: and obscurity, and no brightness in it?
 Did you offer victims and sacrifices to me in the desert for forty years, O house of Israel?  But you carried a tabernacle for your Moloch, and the image of your idols, the star of your god, which you made to yourselves.  And I will cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the Lord, the God of hosts is his name.
Chapter 6 verses 1b-3, 8-15 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 … ye great men, heads of the people, that go in with state into the house of Israel.  Pass ye over to Chalane, and see, and go from thence into Emath the great: and go down into Geth of the Philistines, and to all the best kingdoms of these: if their border be larger than your border.
 You that are separated unto the evil day: and that approach to the throne of iniquity;
 The Lord God hath sworn by his own soul, saith the Lord the God of hosts: I detest the pride of Jacob, and I hate his houses, and I will deliver up the city with the inhabitants thereof.  And if there remain ten men in one house, they also shall die.
 And a man's kinsman shall take him up, and shall burn him, that he may carry the bones out of the house; and he shall say to him that is in the inner rooms of the house: Is there yet any with thee?  And he shall answer: There is an end. And he shall say to him: Hold thy peace, and mention not the name of the Lord.
 For behold the Lord hath commanded, and he will strike the greater house with breaches, and the lesser house with clefts.
 Can horses run upon the rocks, or can any one plough with buffles? for you have turned judgment into bitterness, and the fruit of justice into wormwood.  You that rejoice in a thing of nought: you that say: Have we not taken unto us horns by our own strength?  But behold, I will raise up a nation against you, O house of Israel, saith the Lord the God of hosts; and they shall destroy you from the entrance of Emath, even to the torrent of the desert.
Chapter 7 verses 1-9 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 These things the Lord God shewed to me: and behold the locust was formed in the beginning of the shooting up of the latter rain, and lo, it was the latter rain after the king's mowing.  And it came to pass, that when they had made an end of eating the grass of the land, I said: O Lord God, be merciful, I beseech thee: who shall raise up Jacob, for he is very little?  The Lord had pity upon this: It shall not be, said the Lord.
 These things the Lord God shewed to me: and behold the Lord called for judgment unto fire, and it devoured the great deep, and ate up a part at the same time.  And I said: O Lord God, cease, I beseech thee, who shall raise up Jacob, for he is a little one?  The Lord had pity upon this. Yea this also shall not be, said the Lord God.
 These things the Lord shewed to me: and behold the Lord was standing upon a plastered wall, and in his hand a mason's trowel.  And the Lord said to me: What seest thou, Amos? And I said: A mason's trowel. And the Lord said: Behold, I will lay down the trowel in the midst of my people Israel. I will plaster them over no more.  And the high places of the idol shall be thrown down, and the sanctuaries of Israel shall be laid waste: and I will rise up against the house of Jeroboam with the sword.
Chapter 8 verses 1-3, 8, 13-14 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 These things the Lord shewed to me: and behold a hook to draw down the fruit.  And he said: What seest thou, Amos? And I said: A hook to draw down fruit. And the Lord said to me: The end is come upon my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more.  And the hinges of the temple shall screak in that day, saith the Lord God: many shall die: silence shall be cast in every place.
 Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein: and rise up altogether as a river, and be cast out, and run down as the river of Egypt?
 In that day the fair virgins, and the young men shall faint for thirst.  They that swear by the sin of Samaria, and say: Thy God, O Dan, liveth: and the way of Bersabee liveth: and they shall fall, and shall rise no more.
Chapter 9 verses 1-10 have been omitted from the Mass readings.
 I saw the Lord standing upon the altar, and he said: Strike the hinges, and let the lintels be shook: for there is covetousness in the head of them all, and I will slay the last of them with the sword: there shall be no flight for them: they shall flee, and he that shall flee of them shall not be delivered.
 Though they go down even to hell, thence shall my hand bring them out: and though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down.  And though they be hid in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them away from thence: and though they hide themselves from my eyes in the depth of the sea, there will I command the serpent and he shall bite them.  And if they go into captivity before their enemies, there will I command the sword, and it shall kill them. And I will set my eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
 And the Lord the God of hosts is he who toucheth the earth, and it shall melt: and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up as a river, and shall run down as the river of Egypt.  He that buildeth his ascension in heaven, and hath founded his bundle upon the earth: who calleth the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth, the Lord is his name.
 Are not you as the children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel, saith the Lord? did not I bring up Israel, out of the land of Egypt: and the Philistines out of Cappadocia, and the Syrians out of Cyrene?
 Behold the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the face of the earth: but yet I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord.
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command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, as corn
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not approach, and shall not come upon us.
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Published on April 10th, 2014
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