Amos Chapter 2
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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:
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Matthew Henry's Amos Chapter 2 Bible commentary...
Judgments against Moab and Judah. (1-8) The ingratitude and ruin of Israel. (9-16)1-8 The evil passions of the heart break out in various forms; but the Lord looks to our motives, as well as our conduct. Those that deal cruelly, shall be cruelly dealt with. Other nations were reckoned with for injuries done to men; Judah is reckoned with for dishonour done to God. Judah despised the law of the Lord; and he justly gave them up to strong delusion; nor was it any excuse for their sin, that they were the lies, the idols, after which their fathers walked. The worst abominations and most grievous oppressions have been committed by some of the professed worshippers of the Lord. Such conduct leads many to unbelief and vile idolatry.
9-16 We need often to be reminded of the mercies we have received; which add much to the evil of the sins we have committed. They had helps for their souls, which taught them how to make good use of their earthly enjoyments, and were therefore more valuable. Faithful ministers are great blessings to any people; but it is God that raises them up to be so. Sinners' own consciences will witness that he has not been wanting to them in the means of grace. They did what they could to lead believers aside. Satan and his agents are busy to corrupt the minds of young people who look heavenward; they overcome many by drawing them to the love of mirth and pleasure, and into drinking company. Multitudes of young men who bade fair as professors of religion, have erred through strong drink, and have been undone for ever. The Lord complains of sin, especially the sins of his professing people, as a burden to him. And though his long-suffering be tired, his power is not, and so the sinner will find to his cost. When men reject God's word, adding obstinacy to sin, and this becomes the general character of a people, they will be given up to misery, notwithstanding all their boasted power and resources. May we then humble ourselves before the Lord, for all our ingratitude and unfaithfulness.
B J Manuel's Amos Chapter 2 comment about verse 8 on 4/14/2013, 8:35pm...
Historically it has been the truly poverty stricken who were more open to God for strength and consolation than even the general population. They did not have the revenues of the world to buffer them from the harsh extremities of living. There were no special protectorates for the poor except the laws of God and its faithful adherents. There were those persons in Amos chapter 2 who pretended to uphold the law (or at least to be religious), yet were themselves guilty of pouring contempt upon the rights of the poor and thus indirectly showing contempt toward God. Throughout the Bible and especially the Old Testament there are numerous blessings promised to those who ministered to the needs of the poor. It proceeds even into the New Testament and especially where Jesus proclaims, ". . . Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matt.25:40) It would seem to follow then that it is so much better to have stood for the rights of the poor and to have sustained them than to have manipulated their lives and possessions for personal or corporate gratifications. This consideration seems especially significant in the light of the constant observation of God into the affairs of all people.
Lorral W.'s Amos Chapter 2 comment on 7/19/2012, 9:36am...
Amos 2 makes me wonder, how long will the LORD wait before He really judges America? I don't long for this day, but surely we are no better than Israel.
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