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1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.

2 The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the LORD.

4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:

5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.

6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

7 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.

8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.

12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.

13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

Commentary for Amos 4

Israel is reproved. (1-5) Their impenitence shown. (6-13)1-5 What is got by extortion is commonly used to provide for the flesh, and to fulfil the lusts thereof. What is got by oppression cannot be enjoyed with satisfaction. How miserable are those whose confidence in unscriptural observances only prove that they believe a lie! Let us see to it that our faith, hope, and worship, are warranted by the Divine word.

6-13 See the folly of carnal hearts; they wander from one creature to another, seeking for something to satisfy, and labour for that which satisfies not; yet, after all, they will not incline their ear to Him in whom they might find all they can want. Preaching the gospel is as rain, and every thing withers where this rain is wanting. It were well if people were as wise for their souls as they are for their bodies; and, when they have not this rain near, would go and seek it where it is to be had. As the Israelites persisted in rebellion and idolatry, the Lord was coming against them as an adversary. Ere long, we must meet our God in judgment; but we shall not be able to stand before him, if he tries us according to our doings. If we would prepare to meet our God with comfort, at the awful period of his coming, we must now meet him in Christ Jesus, the eternal Son of the Father, who came to save lost sinners. We must seek him while he is to be found.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Amos 4

  • Marvin henry
    Lursha, you can do nothing unless God allows it. There is no power in the human body that is not autonomic. You do not have to concentrate to make your blood circulate throughout your body, or focus so your brain will control all bodily needs. When it comes right down to it without God you would not only cease, but disintegrate.God is so essential to life that all things continue by Him, even you. Colossians 2:17 "And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist ". Even Satan who deceives mankind on a daily basis has his life because of God. You don 't want to make a bad choice like him or you will spend eternity in the lake of fire with him. Give God a chance to show you the truth and receive His son Jesus as your savior and you will understand what I am talking about. You questioned what happens after death, well you can only turn your eternal destiny around by asking Jesus to save you. John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him I am the way the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me ". If you continue as you are, you will end up in the lake of fire with Satan and everybody else that chose to ignore God. If you would like to go to heaven, leave me a message on this chapter, I will check it each day, your life is worth it. God made salvation simple, so we could get it. I will show you from the word of God no opinions needed.
  • Adeola Gbenga
    God is a loving father that does not want any backslider to perish but looks for different ways to restore such back to the fold.However, if he or she rejects the way through which God wants to restore him or her to the fold; such a person will surely perish.
  • Lurshai
    i just ignore GOD in my daily life, and feel proud that i can take care of all my needs by myself.but after death what will happen ?
  • Emily Ateku
    People are taking things for granted. We need to turn to the lord and seek his face to avoid what is happening in today's life.
  • Geri
    How long do we think God is going to put up with our disobedience. We take everything for granted, we don't give God any credit for all He's done for us now just like the children of Israel. He is showing us everyday that judgment is no joke and people we need to get it together now!
  • Mom
    We so take for granted the food on our table; the stores having it and our ability to pay for it. Recent weather events across our nation's bread basket have made severe conditions for crops. The people in Bible times experienced famine as judgment on their nation for forgetting about God. Too much rain or not enough can have disastrous consequences. We need to get back to the Lord and remembering to thank Him and praise Him.

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