Amos 2:8

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And they lay themselues downe vpon clothes laide to pledge, by euery Altar, and they drinke the wine of the condemned in the house of their God.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"On garments taken as pledges they stretch out beside every altar, And in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and they lay themselves down beside every altar upon clothes taken in pledge; and in the house of their God they drink the wine of such as have been fined.
- American Standard Version (1901)

By every altar they are stretched on clothing taken from those who are in their debt, drinking in the house of their god the wine of those who have made payment for wrongdoing.
- Basic English Bible

And they lay [themselves] down by every altar upon clothes taken in pledge, and they drink [in] the house of their God the wine of the condemned.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

and they lay themselves down beside every altar on clothes taken in pledge; and in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.
- World English Bible

And on pledged garments they stretch themselves near every altar, And the wine of fined ones they drink [in] the house of their gods.
- Youngs Literal Bible

And they lay themselves down beside every altar upon clothes taken in pledge, and in the house of their God they drink the wine of them that have been fined.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Amos 2:8


2:8 Lay down - The Jews of old did not sit upright at their meals, but leaned on one side. Upon clothes - Of which the law had expressly said, none should detain them all night, #Deut 24:12|,13. Every altar - Of their idols. Drink the wine - They offer their drink - offerings in wine, which they bought with the fines laid on the innocent.


Discussion for Amos 2:8

  • B J Manuel for verse 8
    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.

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