Yahweh responded that he was devising some evil against these wicked people. They would wear a yoke on their necks, so that they could not walk around in a haughty manner. There would be an evil time for them on Yahweh’s appointed day. People would sing a taunting song against them as they would be wailing in a lamentation. They would admit that they would be ruined, because Yahweh had altered their inheritance. He had sent them off as captives, so that their fields would be divided up among other people. Yahweh’s response to these evil doers was an exile captivity with the loss of their land.
Next, Amos listed all the bad behavior that the northern Israelites were involved with. They did not like any reprimanding at the city judgment gate. They did not like anyone who told the truth. They trampled the poor people, as they took away their grain. They had built beautiful stone houses, but they were not going to live in them. They had planted wonderful vineyards, but they would not drink the wine from them. Amos and Yahweh knew all about their various transgressions and how great their sins were. They took bribes, mistreated the righteous, and turned away the needy at the gate. The prudent people kept silent during this evil time.