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1 I saw the Lord standing upon the altar: and he said, Smite the lintel of the door, 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: he that fleeth of them shall not flee away, and he that escapeth of them shall not be delivered.

2 Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down:

3 And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them:

4 And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.

5 And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt.

6 It is he that buildeth his stories in the heaven, and hath founded his troop in the earth; he that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name.

7 Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up 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 upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the LORD.

9 For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.

10 All the sinners of my people shall die by the sword, which say, The evil shall not overtake nor prevent us.

11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old:

12 That they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen, which are called by my name, saith the LORD that doeth this.

13 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt.

14 And I will bring again the captivity of my people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them.

15 And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them, saith the LORD thy God.

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

  • 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
  • BSP
    Verses 2,3~If the enemies of Jehovah God try to run when he brings judgment, there will be no escape for them no matter where they try to hide.
  • Muchflo1000
    So who are the remnant of Edom in modern times? Is this scripture prophetic of things to come? And what does it means possess?
  • Doug Cariou
    This, book is speaking about a lot of things sin with people who are called by Gods name sin on many levels but the word of God when I read it is to speak to me we probably all know of lots of issues to point at but the word should first convict us ourselves about any thing out of alignment then we can speak Gods word out boldly but I don 't think that should be against party 's by name God will convict when we speak his word But we are to speak his word I wish more churches would put scripture up on there bill boards out front of there buildings instead of some watered down cute seeker friendly saying
  • Tomaz Yakobo for verse 7
    The Most high here is revealing to us what has been hidden & well guarded by those who have a very bad motive in this world. Hebrew Israelites here GOD reveals that they are Black people like the Cushitic tribes of Ethiopia that i have come across.
    Thank you mighty one for revealing this. Now i know what has been going on!!! Thank you LORD & am repenting right now on behalve of the disobedience of our forefathers!!! Thank you father!!
  • Mahabir shankar for verse 9
    This says about the 12 tribe of Jacob.God sift them like corn but not one grain fall on the ground.This is because they serve God and satan both.(the northern and southern tribes)

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Bible Trivia

Amos finishes his book with a promise of hope. What was it?
  • Peace
  • Their own land.
  • Wealth
  • Happiness

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