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Amos 2

 

 

Introduction
1God's judgments upon Moab,
4upon Judah,
6and upon Israel.
9God complains of their ingratitude.

Verse 1
Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because he burned the bones of the king of Edom into lime:
For three
4,6; 1:3,6,9,11,13; Numbers 22:1-25; Deuteronomy 23:4,5; Psalms 83:4-7; Micah 6:5
of Moab
Isaiah 11:14; 15:1-16; 25:10; Jeremiah 48:1-47; Ezekiel 25:8,9; Zephaniah 2:8,9
because
2 Kings 3:9,26; Proverbs 15:3

Verse 2
But I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the palaces of Kerioth: and Moab shall die with tumult, with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet:
Kirioth
Jeremiah 48:24,41
with tumult
1:14; Isaiah 9:5; Jeremiah 48:34

Verse 3
And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD.
Numbers 24:17; Jeremiah 48:7,25

Verse 4
Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err, after the which their fathers have walked:
For
Deuteronomy 31:16-18; 32:15-27
Judah
3:2; 2 Kings 17:19; Jeremiah 9:25,26; Hosea 5:12,13; 6:11; 12:2
because
Leviticus 26:14,15; Judges 2:17-20; 2 Samuel 12:9,10; 2 Kings 22:11-17; 2 Chronicles 36:14-17; Nehemiah 1:7; 9:26,29,30; Isaiah 5:24,25; Jeremiah 8:9; Ezekiel 16:1-63; 20:13,16,24; Ezekiel 22:8; 23:11-21; Daniel 9:5-12; 1 Thessalonians 4:8
and their
Isaiah 9:15,16; 28:15; 44:20; Jeremiah 16:19,20; 23:13-15,25-32; 28:15,16; Ezekiel 13:6-16,22; 22:28; Habakkuk 2:18; Romans 1:25
after
Judges 2:11-17; 10:6; 2 Chronicles 30:7; Jeremiah 8:2; 9:14; Ezekiel 20:13,16,18,24,30; 1 Peter 1:18

Verse 5
But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.
I will
Jeremiah 17:27; 21:10; 37:8-10; 39:8; 52:13; Hosea 8:14

Verse 6
Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of shoes;
Thus saith
Amos, says Abp. Newcome, first prophesies against the Syrians, Philistines, Tyrians, Edomites, Ammonites, and Moabites, who dwelt in the neighbourhood of the twelve tribes, and had occasionally become their enemies and persecutors. Having thus taught his countrymen that the providence of God extended to other nations, he briefly mentions the idolatrous practices and consequent destruction of Judah, and then passes on to his proper subject, which was to exhort and reprove the kingdom of Israel, and to denounce against it the Divine judgments.
For three
6:3-7; 2 Kings 17:7-18; 18:12; Ezekiel 23:5-9; Hosea 4:1,2,11-14; 7:7-10; 8:4-6; Hosea 13:2,3; Micah 6:10-16
because
5:11,12; 8:4-6; Isaiah 5:22,23; 29:21; Joel 3:3,6; Micah 3:2,3

Verse 7
That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his father will go in unto the same maid, to profane my holy name:
pant
4:1; 1 Kings 21:4; Proverbs 28:21; Micah 2:2,9; 7:2,3; Zephaniah 3:3
and turn
5:12; Isaiah 10:2
and a
Leviticus 18:8,15; Ezekiel 22:11; 1 Corinthians 5:1
maid
or, young woman. to profane.
Leviticus 20:3; 2 Samuel 12:14; Ezekiel 36:20; Romans 2:24

Verse 8
And they lay themselves down upon clothes laid to pledge by every altar, and they drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their god.
laid
Exodus 22:26,27; Deuteronomy 24:12-17; Ezekiel 18:7,12
by
6:4; Isaiah 57:7; Ezekiel 23:41; 1 Corinthians 8:10; 10:7,21
they drink
6:6; Judges 9:27; Hosea 4:8
the condemned
or, such as have fined, or, mulcted.

Verse 9
Yet destroyed I the Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his roots from beneath.
I the
Genesis 15:16; Exodus 3:8; 34:11; Numbers 21:24; Deuteronomy 2:24-33; Joshua 3:10; 24:8-12; Judges 11:21-23; Nehemiah 9:22-24; Psalms 135:10-12; 136:17-22
whose
Numbers 13:28,29,32,33; Deuteronomy 1:28; 2:10,11; 3:11; 9:1-3
I destroyed
Joshua 11:21,22; 2 Samuel 23:16-22; Job 18:16; Isaiah 5:24; Malachi 4:1

Verse 10
Also I brought you up from the land of Egypt, and led you forty years through the wilderness, to possess the land of the Amorite.
I bought
Exodus 12:51; Nehemiah 9:8-12; Psalms 105:42,43; 136:10,11; Jeremiah 32:20,21; Ezekiel 20:10; Micah 6:4
and led
Numbers 14:34; Deuteronomy 2:7; 8:2-4; Nehemiah 9:21; Psalms 95:10; Acts 7:42; 13:18
to possess
Numbers 14:31-35; Deuteronomy 1:20,21,39

Verse 11
And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of your young men for Nazarites. Is it not even thus, O ye children of Israel? saith the LORD.
I raised
1 Samuel 3:20; 19:20; 1 Kings 17:1; 18:4; 19:16; 20:13,35,41; 22:8; 2 Kings 2:2-5; 2 Kings 6:1; 17:13; 2 Chronicles 36:15; 2 Peter 1:20,21
Nazarites
Numbers 6:2; Judges 13:4-7; Lamentations 4:7; Luke 1:3-17
Is it
Isaiah 5:3,4; Jeremiah 2:5,31; Micah 6:3,4
and
7:12,13; Isaiah 30:10,11; Jeremiah 11:21; 26:11; Micah 2:6; Matthew 21:34-38; Acts 4:18; 5:28; 7:51; 1 Thessalonians 2:15,16

Verse 13
Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.
Behold
Psalms 78:40; Isaiah 1:14; 7:13; 43:24; Ezekiel 6:9; 16:43; Malachi 2:17
I am pressed, etc
or, I will press your place, as a cart full of sheaves presseth.

Verse 14
Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:
the flight
9:1-3; Job 11:20; *marg:; Ecclesiastes 9:11; Isaiah 30:16; Jeremiah 9:23
himself
Heb. his soul, or life.

Verse 15
Neither shall he stand that handleth the bow; and he that is swift of foot shall not deliver himself: neither shall he that rideth the horse deliver himself.
neither
Psalms 33:16,17
himself
Heb. his soul, or life.

Verse 16
And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.
courageous
Heb. strong of his heart.
Jeremiah 48:41
flee
Judges 4:17; 2 Kings 7:8-20; Mark 14:52

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Amos 2:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/amos-2.html.

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Wednesday, June 3rd, 2020
the Week of Proper 4 / Ordinary 9
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