Amos 2

1 This is what the LORD says: “For three sins of Moab, even for four, I will not relent. Because he burned to ashes the bones of Edom’s king,
2 I will send fire on Moab that will consume the fortresses of Kerioth.[a]Moab will go down in great tumult amid war cries and the blast of the trumpet.
3 I will destroy her ruler and kill all her officials with him,” says the LORD.
4 This is what the LORD says: “For three sins of Judah, even for four, I will not relent. Because they have rejected the law of the LORDand have not kept his decrees, because they have been led astray by false gods,[b]the gods[c] their ancestors followed,
5 I will send fire on Judah that will consume the fortresses of Jerusalem.”

Judgment on Israel

6 This is what the LORD says: “For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not relent. They sell the innocent for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals.
7 They trample on the heads of the poor as on the dust of the ground and deny justice to the oppressed. Father and son use the same girl and so profane my holy name.
8 They lie down beside every altar on garments taken in pledge. In the house of their god they drink wine taken as fines.
9 “Yet I destroyed the Amorites before them, though they were tall as the cedars and strong as the oaks. I destroyed their fruit above and their roots below.
10 I brought you up out of Egypt and led you forty years in the wilderness to give you the land of the Amorites.
11 “I also raised up prophets from among your children and Nazirites from among your youths. Is this not true, people of Israel?” declares the LORD.
12 “But you made the Nazirites drink wine and commanded the prophets not to prophesy.
13 “Now then, I will crush you as a cart crushes when loaded with grain.
14 The swift will not escape, the strong will not muster their strength, and the warrior will not save his life.
15 The archer will not stand his ground, the fleet-footed soldier will not get away, and the horseman will not save his life.
16 Even the bravest warriors will flee naked on that day,” declares the LORD.

Amos 2 Commentary

Chapter 2

Judgments against Moab and Judah. (1-8) The ingratitude and ruin of Israel. (9-16)

Verses 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.

Verses 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.

Cross References 42

  • 1. S Isaiah 16:6
  • 2. Isaiah 33:12
  • 3. Jeremiah 48:24
  • 4. S Job 39:25
  • 5. S Joshua 6:20
  • 6. S Psalms 2:10
  • 7. S Isaiah 40:23
  • 8. Isaiah 15:1-9; Isaiah 16:1-14; S Isaiah 25:10; Jeremiah 48:1; S Ezekiel 25:8-11; Zephaniah 2:8-9
  • 9. 2 Kings 17:19; Hosea 12:2
  • 10. S Jeremiah 6:19
  • 11. S Ezekiel 20:24
  • 12. Isaiah 9:16
  • 13. S Exodus 34:15; S Deuteronomy 31:20; S Psalms 4:2; Isaiah 28:15
  • 14. S 2 Kings 22:13; S Jeremiah 9:14; S Jeremiah 16:12
  • 15. S 2 Kings 25:9; S 2 Chronicles 36:19
  • 16. Amos 3:11
  • 17. S Jeremiah 17:27; S Hosea 8:14
  • 18. S Amos 1:3
  • 19. S Joel 3:3; Amos 8:6
  • 20. S Leviticus 18:21; Amos 5:11-12; Amos 8:4
  • 21. S Exodus 22:26; Deuteronomy 24:12-13
  • 22. Hosea 7:14; Amos 4:1; Amos 6:6
  • 23. Habakkuk 2:6
  • 24. Numbers 21:23-26; Joshua 10:12
  • 25. S Isaiah 10:33
  • 26. S Psalms 29:9
  • 27. S 2 Kings 19:30; S Job 18:16; S Ezekiel 17:9; Malachi 4:1
  • 28. S Exodus 6:6; Exodus 20:2; Amos 3:1
  • 29. S Deuteronomy 8:2
  • 30. S Deuteronomy 2:7
  • 31. S Exodus 3:8; S Numbers 21:25; S Joshua 13:4; Amos 9:7
  • 32. Deuteronomy 18:18; Jeremiah 7:25
  • 33. Numbers 6:2-3; S Judges 13:5
  • 34. Isaiah 30:10; Jeremiah 11:21; Amos 7:12-13; Micah 2:6
  • 35. Amos 7:16-17
  • 36. S Job 11:20
  • 37. S 1 Kings 20:11; Jeremiah 9:23
  • 38. Psalms 33:16; Isaiah 30:16-17
  • 39. S Ezekiel 39:3
  • 40. S Exodus 15:21; Zechariah 10:5
  • 41. Ecclesiastes 9:11
  • 42. Jeremiah 48:41

Footnotes 3

Chapter Summary


In this chapter the prophet foretells the calamities that should come upon the Moabites for their transgressions, Am 2:1-3; and the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem for their iniquities, Am 2:4,5; also the judgments of God that should come upon Israel the ten tribes for their sins, which sins are enumerated; their oppression of the poor, their lewdness and idolatry, Am 2:6-8; and which are aggravated by the blessings of goodness bestowed upon them, both temporal and spiritual, Am 2:9-12; wherefore they are threatened with ruin, which would be inevitable, notwithstanding their swiftness, strength, and courage, and their skill in shooting arrows, and riding horses, Am 2:13-16.

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