Amos 4:4

4 “Go to Bethel and sin; go to Gilgal and sin yet more. Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three years.[a]

Amos 4:4 in Other Translations

4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years:
4 "Come to Bethel, and transgress; to Gilgal, and multiply transgression; bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three days;
4 “Go ahead and offer sacrifices to the idols at Bethel. Keep on disobeying at Gilgal. Offer sacrifices each morning, and bring your tithes every three days.
4 "Come along to Bethel and sin! And then to Gilgal and sin some more! Bring your sacrifices for morning worship. Every third day bring your tithe.
4 Come to Bethel and rebel; rebel even more at Gilgal! Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tenths every three days.

Amos 4:4 Meaning and Commentary

Amos 4:4

Come to Bethel and transgress
and what follows, are ironic and sarcastic speeches, not giving liberty to sin, but in this way reproving for it: Bethel was one of the places where the calves were placed and worshipped: and here they are bid to go thither, and go on with and continue in their idolatrous worship, by which they transgressed the law of God, and mark what would be the issue of it. The sense is the same with ( Ecclesiastes 11:9 ) ; see ( Ezekiel 20:29 ) ; at Gilgal multiply transgression;
that is, multiply acts of idolatry: Gilgal was a place where high places and altars were erected, and idols worshipped; as it had formerly been a place of religious worship of the true God, the ten tribes made use of it in the times of their apostasy for idolatrous worship; see ( Hosea 4:15 ) ( 9:15 ) ( 12:11 ) ; and bring your sacrifices every morning;
and offer them to your idols, as you were wont formerly to offer them unto the true God, according to the law of Moses, ( Exodus 29:38 Exodus 29:39 ) ; [and] your tithes after three years;
the third year after the sabbatical year was the year of tithing; and after the tithe of the increase of the fruits of the earth, there was "maaser sheni", the second tithe, the same with "maaser ani", the poor's tithe, which was given to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless; and the widow, to eat with them, ( Deuteronomy 14:22-28 ) ( 26:12 ) ; and this they are sarcastically bid to observe in their idolatrous way. It is, in the Hebrew text, "after three days"; and so the Targum,

``your tithes in three days;''
days being put for years, as Kimchi and Ben Melech observe. It may be rendered, "after three years of days" F19; three complete years.

F19 (Mymy tvlvl) "post tres [annos] dierum", Piscator.

Amos 4:4 In-Context

2 The Sovereign LORD has sworn by his holiness: “The time will surely come when you will be taken away with hooks, the last of you with fishhooks.
3 You will each go straight out through breaches in the wall, and you will be cast out toward Harmon, ” declares the LORD.
4 “Go to Bethel and sin; go to Gilgal and sin yet more. Bring your sacrifices every morning, your tithes every three years.
5 Burn leavened bread as a thank offering and brag about your freewill offerings— boast about them, you Israelites, for this is what you love to do,” declares the Sovereign LORD.
6 “I gave you empty stomachs in every city and lack of bread in every town, yet you have not returned to me,” declares the LORD.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Joshua 7:2
  • 2. S Hosea 4:15
  • 3. S Numbers 28:3
  • 4. Deuteronomy 14:28
  • 5. S Ezekiel 20:39; Amos 5:21-22

Footnotes 1

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