Now then, why are you testing God by putting a yoke on the disciples’ necks that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear?
Like vinegar to the teeth and smoke to the eyes,
so the slacker is to the one who sends him on an errand.
If I say, “I won’t mention Him
or speak any longer in His name,”
His message becomes a fire burning in my heart,
shut up in my bones.
I become tired of holding it in,
and I cannot prevail.
The Lord can no longer bear your evil deeds and the detestable acts you have committed, so your land has become a waste, a desolation, and an object of cursing, without inhabitant, as you see today.
Amaziah the priest of Bethel sent word to Jeroboam king of Israel, saying, “Amos has conspired against you right here in the house of Israel. The land cannot endure all his words,
for they could not bear what was commanded: And if even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned!
I assure you: It will be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomorrah than for that town.
I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.
But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you.