A vision of Yahweh:
It is Yahweh who created the stars,
the Pleiades and Orion.
He turns darkness into morning
and day into night.
He draws up water from the oceans
and pours it down as rain on the land.
Yahweh is his name!
With blinding speed and power he destroys the strong,
crushing all their defenses.
How you hate honest judges!
How you despise people who tell the truth!
You trample the poor,
stealing their grain through taxes and unfair rent.
Therefore, though you build beautiful stone houses,
you will never live in them.
Though you plant lush vineyards,
you will never drink wine from them.
For I know the vast number of your sins
and the depth of your rebellions.
You oppress good people by taking bribes
and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
So those who are smart keep their mouths shut,
for it is an evil time.
Do what is good and run from evil
so that you may live!
Then Yahweh, God of Heaven’s Armies, will be your helper,
just as you have claimed.
Hate evil and love what is good;
turn your courts into true halls of justice.
Perhaps even yet Yahweh, God of Heaven’s Armies,
will have mercy on the remnant of his people.
- from Amos 5, New Living Translation