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1 I saw the Lord standing vpon the altar, and he said, Smite the lintell of the doore, that the posts may shake: and cut them in the head all of them, and I will slay the last of them with the sword: hee that fleeth of them, shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them, shall not be deliuered.

2 Though they digge into hell, thence shall mine hand take them: though they clime vp to heauen, thence will I bring them downe.

3 And though they hide themselues in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence, and though they be hid from my sight in the bottome of the Sea, thence will I commaund the serpent, and he shall bite them.

4 And though they goe into captiuitie before their enemies, thence will I commaund the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes vpon them for euill, and not for good.

5 And the Lord God of hostes is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwelleth therein shall mourne, and it shall rise vp wholly like a flood, and shall be drowned as by the flood of Egypt.

6 It is he that buildeth his stories in the heauen, and hath founded his troupe in the earth, he that calleth for the waters of the Sea, and powreth them out vpon the face of the earth: the Lord is his name.

7 Are yee not as children of the Ethiopians vnto me, O children of Israel, saith the Lord ? haue not I brought vp Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?

8 Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are vpon the sinfull kingdome, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; sauing that I will not vtterly destroy the house of Iacob, saith the Lord.

9 For loe, I will commaund, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corne is sifted in a sieue, yet shall not the least graine fall vpon the earth.

10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say: The euill shall not ouertake nor preuent vs.

11 In that day will I raise vp the tabernacle of Dauid, that is fallen, and close vp the breaches thereof, and I will raise vp his ruines, and I will build it as in the dayes of old;

12 That they may possesse the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen; which are called by my name, saith the Lord that doth this.

13 Behold, the daies come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall ouertake the reaper, & the treader of grapes him that soweth seede, and the mountaines shall drop sweete wine, and all the hils shall melt.

14 And I will bring againe the captiuitie of my people of Israel: and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drinke the wine thereof: they shall also make gardens, and eate the fruite of them.

15 And I will plant them vpon their land, and they shall no more be pulled vp out of their land, which I haue giuen them, saith the Lord thy God.

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Commentary for Amos 9

The ruin of Israel. (1-10) The restoration of the Jews and the gospel blessing. (11-15)1-10 The prophet, in vision, saw the Lord standing upon the idolatrous altar at Bethel. Wherever sinners flee from God's justice, it will overtake them. Those whom God brings to heaven by his grace, shall never be cast down; but those who seek to climb thither by vain confidence in themselves, will be cast down and filled with shame. That which makes escape impossible and ruin sure, is, that God will set his eyes upon them for evil, not for good. Wretched must those be on whom the Lord looks for evil, and not for good. The Lord would scatter the Jews, and visit them with calamities, as the corn is shaken in a sieve; but he would save some from among them. The astonishing preservation of the Jews as a distinct people, seems here foretold. If professors make themselves like the world, God will level them with the world. The sinners who thus flatter themselves, shall find that their profession will not protect them.

11-15 Christ died to gather together the children of God that were scattered abroad, here said to be those who were called by his name. The Lord saith this, who doeth this, who can do it, who has determined to do it, the power of whose grace is engaged for doing it. Verses #13-15| may refer to the early times of Christianity, but will receive a more glorious fulfilment in the events which all the prophets more or less foretold, and may be understood of the happy state when the fulness both of the Jews and the Gentiles come into the church. Let us continue earnest in prayer for the fulfilment of these prophecies, in the peace, purity, and the beauty of the church. God marvellously preserves his elect amidst the most fearful confusions and miseries. When all seems desperate, he wonderfully revives his church, and blesses her with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. And great shall be the glory of that period, in which not one good thing promised shall remain unfulfilled.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Amos 9

  • Jackie
    That God is Lord over all people and that in the last days he will still be God. let Jesus be the Lord of your life while you still have time to repent of all our sin .help me I Lord to do your will .
  • JB
    If sinners that have not repented for their sins and accept the lord as their Lord and Savior,and think that running and hiding from God's judgement,trying to save their lives,they will surely die. There is no where to hide!
  • Tribe of Juduah
    We_ so called blacks will possess the remnant of Edom-The so called white man... Edom is the so called white man. Mohab is the Chinese, Hamites are Africans, Ismaelites are Arabs.. The so called white man is from the seed of Esau, hence the term redneck... The Most High clearly states that in Obadiah, Isaiah, 14:21, 60:1-16, Psalm 149:8 that all of you are going into slavery for 1000 years...
  • Obbie Beal

    But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not; commune with 'your own heart' upon your bed, and be still. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
  • Mel
    Jehovah God is a God of Mercy. Even when we sin and stray away for him he remembers us. Praise Jehovah god.
  • John norcal
    June...
    AMEN!!!
    I DO PRAISE THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!
    I AM TRYING MY HARD TO FOLLOW GOD ALMIGHTY'S GOSPEL/WORDS/CHURCH!!!
    I HOPE AND PRAY MY NAME IS IN THE BOOK OF LIFE... ALONG WITH MY SON'S NAME AS WE ARE BOTH KIND HEARTED GOOD MEN!!!
    I PRAY THEE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY... FILL MY SON AND ME WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT THAT WE MAY BE BLAMELESS IN THE SITE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST AND OUR LORD GOD ALMIGHTY!!!

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