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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

  • Linc on Amos 4
    In chapter 4:3 What kind of cow is being talked about ?
  • Nina flora on Amos 4
    the questions about tithing is answered by Jesus in the New Testament.yes it is mentioned in old testament...bring ye the tithe unto the storehouse. when you receive payment for services rendered....correct tithes 1/10th to God...but you cannot out give God either..Jesus did mention it himself..our great example.. also... "give and it shall be given unto you..pressed out.shaken together etc.."
  • Obbie Beal on Amos 4
    IN 2018 Jehovah /GOD is pleading to the world; exhausting all means under the sun to get us to repent and become SAVED through the BLOOD OF JESUS, because Time is about to end then the JUDGEMENT BEGIN for both the saved and unsaved. 1 more storm, hurricane, war, sickness, death, but maybe at least 1 more person will become SAVED; sad GOD must use such to get humans attention, but Time almost up.
  • Luigi on Amos 4
    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, JEHOVAH', The God of hosts, is his name.
  • A disciple on Amos 4
    Before God gives us light He first sends conviction of sins by the preaching of the Son of God Jesus Christ dying on the cross for us. In our natural state of mind we are in utter darkness about God and lost as to the meaning of life! I remember how awkward it was to be told to look up this or that verse in the Bible and go to church: none of it ever worked to really bring me to Jesus and save me.
  • Ren on Amos 4
    @Lurshai-Read Matthrew 7: 21-23 that will answer your question. Sad thing to hear depart from me I never knew you. I don't ever want to hear those words. God directs my life daily and I always need him. I am nothing without him. Please get in church and start reading your Bible. It has all the answers you need. I will pray you are able to turn your life around before it is too late.
  • A disciple on Amos 4
    A lot of attention on Tithing and Offering; but what did Jesus really ever say about it? Tithing in the old times could be done by supporting the Ministers of the LORD according to however God has prospered you; or by supporting the poor, the widow, the orphan, and the Levite within your gates. At harvest time, at Payday; how you do is your business! Only NEVER AS PAYMENT for Church membership!
  • Emanuel Fernandes on Amos 4
    Tithing are for Jews under mosiac law I'm under liberty I give what God puts on my heart to give I give cheerfully
  • Emanuel Fernandes on Amos 4
    Tithing we're for the Jews under the mosiac law I'm under liberty and wants every man to give as he purposeth in his own heart. God loveth a cheerful giver. You can't be cheerful if your told you have to tithe!
  • John Gibson on Amos 4
    Just curious, from verse 4, should we be giving tithes every three years or as often as there is a 'harvest'?


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