Lack of food (Am 4:6-4:6)

“‘I gave you cleanness

Of teeth

In all your cities.

I gave you

Lack of bread

In all your places.

Yet you did not

Return to me.’

Says Yahweh.”

Amos has this little Yahweh oracle poem show that Yahweh gave the Israelites clean teeth, indicating a famine. The next line showed that he had produced a lack of food in various places. However, despite this famine or food deprivation, these Israelites still did not return to Yahweh.

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