Amos 5:7

7 There are those who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground.

Read Amos 5:7 Using Other Translations

Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
O you who turn justice to wormwood and cast down righteousness to the earth!
You twist justice, making it a bitter pill for the oppressed. You treat the righteous like dirt.

What does Amos 5:7 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Amos 5:7

Ye who turn judgment to wormwood
This seems to be spoken to kings and judges, as Aben Ezra and Kimchi observe; in whose hands is the administration of justice, and who often pervert it, as these did here addressed and complained of; that which was the most useful and salubrious, and so the most desirable to the commonwealth, namely, just judgment, was changed into the reverse, what was as bitter and as disagreeable as wormwood; or "hemlock", as it might be rendered, and as it is in ( Amos 6:12 ) ; even injustice: and leave off righteousness in the earth;
leave off doing it among men: or rather, "leave [it] on the earth" F3; who cast it down to the ground, trampled upon it, and there left it; which is expressive not only of their neglect, but of their contempt of it; see ( Daniel 8:12 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F3 (wxynh) "in terram prosterunt", Piscator; "justitiam in terram reliquerunt, i.e. humi prosternitis et deseritis", Mercerus; "collocantes humi", Junius & Tremellius.
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