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Bible Commentaries

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Amos 2

Verses 1-16

CHAPTER 2

1. Moab (Amos 2:1-3 )

2. Judah (Amos 2:4-5 )

3. Israel (Amos 2:6-16 )

Amos 2:1-3 . So fierce was the hatred of Moab that they dishonored the bones of the king of Edom. “Moab burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime” (see 2 Kings 3:26-27 ). The fire or judgment came upon Moab and her glory, too, departed like the glory of the other nations.

Amos 2:4-5 . While the measure was full of these nations, who had heaped transgressions upon transgressions, Judah and Israel were as guilty, yea, even more guilty, than these nations. The same significant phrase “for three transgressions and four” is used in connection with both. If the punishment of the nations could not be held back, but had to come, so Judah and Israel could not escape. Judah’s sin was the rejection of the law of the Lord; instead of listening to the voice of the Lord and to His prophets, they harkened to the false prophets, who, with their lies, caused them to err, and the children walked in the evil footsteps of their fathers. The sin of Judah was apostasy. That is the great sin today among the professing people of God, Christendom. Fire was to devour the cities and palaces of the nations and fire was to come upon Judah and the palaces of Jerusalem. Nebuchadnezzar fulfilled this prophecy.

Amos 2:6-16 . Inasmuch as Amos was sent to Israel the indictment and judgment of them occupies more space than the rest. Amos 2:6-8 give a description of their sins. The poor suffered through their covetousness, they lived in unspeakable vileness, they were idolatrous. Those who were condemned by judges and paid their fines furnished the money to the judges to buy wine for their heathenish orgies.

Then the Lord reminds them of all His mercies and loving kindness in the past. He destroyed the Amorite; He led them through the wilderness to possess the land. He instituted the Nazarite. In spite of all these manifold mercies they continued in their evil ways, grinding the poor, defying God and His law and in their moral depravity.

Behold, I will press you down As the full cart presses the sheaves. Then shall flight be lost to the swift, And the strong shall not confirm his strength, And the hero shall not save his life. He that beareth the bow shall not stand, And the swift-footed shall not save, And the rider of the horse shall not save his life.

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Bibliographical Information
Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Amos 2". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gab/amos-2.html. 1913-1922.