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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:

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:

3 And I will cut off the judge from the midst thereof, and will slay all the princes thereof with him, saith the LORD.

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:

5 But I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem.

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;

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:

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.

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.

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.

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.

12 But ye gave the Nazarites wine to drink; and commanded the prophets, saying, Prophesy not.

13 Behold, I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.

14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift, and the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall the mighty deliver himself:

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.

16 And he that is courageous among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day, saith the LORD.

Commentary for Amos 2

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.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Amos 2

  • Vanessa on Amos 2
    maybe someone could help me with this, they will say well we spread your word throughout the nations , as we watched them destroy your word in our nation, and corrupt the children, we waited on the Lord to clean it up
  • Vanessa on Amos 2
    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, how many of us are standing up and shouting for God in the world we live today, you cant separate Gods words in any form, I cringe when they even justify politicians, you cant walk 2 paths
  • Obbie Beal on Amos 2
    where applicable above (chapter 1- 2); the nations or cities mention above received the wrath of GOD; both the gentiles and chosen people. The sins of each of these nations / cities was viewed by Jehovah /God and the rest is history; now 2018 is about to viewed by Jehovah / GOD. Thank GOD for forgiveness of sins SALVATION and mercy. WOW! WOW! WOW!
  • A disciple on Amos 2
    As we read these things we tremble. We know that the Judgment of God against those kind of people and their abominations applies to EVERYONE who does the same things. The kind of times themselves are a witness against them; but they do not take it to heart! The Word of God is a witness against them; but they despise and reject the Bible, and make war with everyone who lives by it! How long O LORD?
  • Ndagije on Amos 2
    God pronounces the judgement to moab for disobidience.vr1
  • Anonymous on Amos 2
    "Spiritual Missed Management " The Lord shine the spotlight on this young man Amos. As the Lord shines the spotlight , we learned he was a day laborer. He is just an ordinary man.Amos is the channel to the supernatural. God can make you a channel to the supernatural. God has made him a seerer. God can places seerer in our lifes.He can see things 2 years before it happens. I. The Grace of God.....vs 10..... 1 I brought you up out of Egypt. 2 Lead you in the wilderness. 3 I gave you. 4 I raised up your son. II. Mans disgrace.....ch 1, vs 3 Spirits of the unsaved. Spirits of cudility. You cannot trust the unsaved. vs 11, 13, their are people in the world that is just violent. ch 2 vs1, Moab is an just injustice person. Guilty of being unjust. The Spirit of Scarlity. It is never enough. They disobey the word of God. vs6,
  • Joyce on Amos 2
    IF we help poor people for selfish gains its a loss self righteousness does not reflect to the image of Jesus
  • B J Manuel on Amos 2:8
    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.
  • Lorral W. on Amos 2
    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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In the book of Amos, why does God want to punish the people of Israel?
  • They were worshipping false gods
  • They stopped offering sacrifices.
  • They decided that they did not need any god.
  • They sold innocent people as slaves.