Amos 5:24

24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

Read Amos 5:24 Using Other Translations

But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.
Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.

What does Amos 5:24 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Amos 5:24

But let judgments run down as waters
Or "roll" F15; in abundance, with great rapidity, bearing down all before them, which nothing can resist; signifying the plenty of justice done in the land, the full and free exercise of it, without any stoppage or intermission: and righteousness as a mighty stream;
the same thing expressed in different words; though some think that not the execution of judgment and justice by men is here exhorted to, but the vindictive justice of God is threatened; which like a mighty torrent of water should come down, overwhelm, bear away, and destroy all before it, even all the transgressors in Israel.


F15 (lgyw) "volvatur", Munster, Mercerus, Liveleus, Drusius; "volvat se", Montanus, Vatablus; "revolvet se", Piscator; "provolvatur", Cocceius.
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