The reason why that kingdom was particularly addressed seems to have been, that Pul invaded it in the reign of Uzziah, ; and that in less than half a century after the first Assyrian invasion, it was subverted by Shalmaneser,. Israel; the kingdom of the ten tribes, under the government of Jeroboam the Second at this time, against which the prophet was chiefly sent, though he began with Syria and others, by the threats against which nations he prepared both Judah and Israel to hearken and consider. And my rigor shall begin with you, because I see that I have hitherto lost all my labor in attempting, kindly and paternally to call you to repentance. Both father and son sleep with the same woman, corrupting my holy name. That pant after the dust of the earth — That is, silver and gold, white and yellow dust: they covet it earnestly, and levy it on the heads of the poor by their unjust exactions. Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive.
Copyright Statement These files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. At last Amos comes to Israel. Yet, like the prophet Amos, perhaps the good news of this text is that God is calling the church to foolishly demand the restoration of justice and goodness in the gate that we might experience the graciousness of God. Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive,. And this sense Ribera commendeth. The poor: when poor men went to law with poor men before these judges, and the thing they contended for was of small value, the contenders too had light purses, and could not give a considerable bribe; a pair of shoes, a very poor bribe, expressed here proverbially, would sway with these judges, who gaped still after somewhat of gain from all. They were not driven by poverty to such a sin; beginning with suffering themselves to be tempted by a large bribe, they at last are so reckless of all shame as to prostitute justice for the merest trifle.
However, the story does not end there. I never feel the temptation of this proverb more than I do in the midst of a political season. Here is an e-mail Sean Goulet received this week at the lighthouse mission: To whom this may concern, First of all. Trivial in themselves, as being a mere sole, the sandals of the Hebrew women were, at times, costly and beautiful Sol 7:1; ; Judith 16:9. There are people who are barely in debt, but who have been falsely accused of being in greater debt.
Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version® Copyright© 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. But the form of expression is opposed to this interpretation. Might Christians demand to be seen as more than just a voting block that can be won over with simplistic talking points or the abuse of biblical rhetoric that elected officials use to pander to us? It is not just the poor who are taken advantage of. Corrupt justice, that most common of Oriental failings, is the sin which Amos censures first; the sin which legislators in vain strove to guard against ; ; , and which prophet after prophet in vain attacked ; f. Copyright Statement These files are public domain. Now look, I strike My hands together against your unjust gain and against the blood you have shed in your midst.
The worst abominations and most grievous oppressions have been committed by some of the professed worshippers of the Lord. The ten tribes rent from the house of David in the times of Rehoboam, and who departed from the true worship of God, and set up calves at Dan and Bethel: and for four, I will not turn away the punishment thereof; the following part of this prophecy is taken up in pointing at the sins and punishment of Israel; now the prophet is come to the main business he was sent to do: because they sold the righteous for silver; meaning not any particular person, as Joseph sold by his brethren, for in that they were all concerned, Judah as well as the rest; nor Christ, as others q , sold for thirty pieces of silver; since the persons here charged with it, and the times in which it was done, will not agree with that case; but the sense is, that the judges of Israel were so corrupt, that for a piece of money they would give a cause against a righteous man, and in favour of an unjust man that bribed them: and the poor for a pair of shoes; that is, for a mere trifle they would pervert justice; if two men came before them with a cause, and both poor; yet if one could but give a pair of shoes, or anything he could part with, though he could not give money; so mean and sordid were they, they would take it, and give the cause for him, however unjust it was. Amos is a hard book with tough words. The first charge against Israel is perversion of justice. Calmet Copyright Statement These files are public domain. Copyright Statement These files are public domain.
They need to learn for them selves how to get a job and make a decent living like everyone else does with their lives. The divine reactions are hatred Amos 6:8 , alienation Amos 6:9,10 , and enmity Amos 6:11-14. For the very smallest bribe they betray the cause of the poor comp. Observe, reader, the more patiently men bear the injuries that are done them, the greater is the sin of those that injure them, and the more occasion they have to expect that God will do his people justice, and take vengeance for them. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain. The sin consists in the perverse straining of the law, which allowed an insolvent debtor to sell himself into bondage to redeem a debt comp. It seems to be this merciless selling by the creditor, with Amos rebukes.
Click the button below to continue. The judges took bribes and condemned the righteous, i. After the general metaphorical indictment against those who would turn justice into rot, tossing righteousness on the ground verse 7 , we hear the more specific crimes. In the next verse the punishment is still further defined, and also extended to Judah. The next step is to choose a monthly or yearly subscription, and then enter your payment information. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy.
A paltry debt, equivalent, in worth, to a pair of sandals, would not save him from bondage at the hands of an oppressive ruler see Introduction. The needy for a pair of shoes. Throughout the book we repeatedly read about the wrath of a disappointed deity who will ultimately lash out against the oppressive Israelite culture. You oppress the righteous, taking bribes and depriving the poor of justice at the gates. Money and material possessions are not wrong in themselves, but the love of them leads to all types of evil 1 Timothy 6:9-10; James 5:1-6.
Rarely in the book do we experience a chance for repentance, much less words that offer a chance for redemption. The injustices only get worse in Amos 2:7a. All the while, the other Israelites do not say a word. We all know that, right? Jacob, in connection with Judah, is not a name for the whole nation or the twelve tribes , but is synonymous with Ephraim, i. Instead this company is only keeping them on the streets by supplying them with food, clothing, and food hampers. For now, consider improving your experience even more by upgrading to Bible Gateway Plus! Amos announced that these luxuriant leaders would go into captivity at the head of the people of Israel.
Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the g banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed. They sell the innocent for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals. The Seventy render it the neighing of horses; as noting their immoderate lust, according to Jeremiah 5:8. The sin consists in the perverse straining of the law, which allowed an insolvent debtor to sell himself into bondage to redeem a debt comp. I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America; and to the Republic for which it stands. Let us buy the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the chaff with the wheat! Ye think that you can escape punishment, when ye repose quietly on your beds; but though your chambers be closed, though ye move not a finger, yet mourning shall come to you. The Wise Folly of Prophetic Preaching And what does hope look like in this analogical reading of Amos 5? Their banquets would cease, and they would lounge on their soft couches no longer.