Amos 9

Israel to Be Destroyed

1 I saw the Lord standing by the altar, and he said: “Strike the tops of the pillars so that the thresholds shake. Bring them down on the heads of all the people; those who are left I will kill with the sword. Not one will get away, none will escape.
2 Though they dig down to the depths below, from there my hand will take them. Though they climb up to the heavens above, from there I will bring them down.
3 Though they hide themselves on the top of Carmel, there I will hunt them down and seize them. Though they hide from my eyes at the bottom of the sea, there I will command the serpent to bite them.
4 Though they are driven into exile by their enemies, there I will command the sword to slay them. “I will keep my eye on them for harm and not for good.”
5 The Lord, the LORD Almighty— he touches the earth and it melts, and all who live in it mourn; the whole land rises like the Nile, then sinks like the river of Egypt;
6 he builds his lofty palace[a] in the heavens and sets its foundation[b] on the earth; he calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land— the LORD is his name.
7 “Are not you Israelites the same to me as the Cushites[c] ?” declares the LORD. “Did I not bring Israel up from Egypt, the Philistines from Caphtor[d]and the Arameans from Kir?
8 “Surely the eyes of the Sovereign LORDare on the sinful kingdom. I will destroy it from the face of the earth. Yet I will not totally destroy the descendants of Jacob,” declares the LORD.
9 “For I will give the command, and I will shake the people of Israel among all the nations as grain is shaken in a sieve, and not a pebble will reach the ground.
10 All the sinners among my people will die by the sword, all those who say, ‘Disaster will not overtake or meet us.’

Israel’s Restoration

11 “In that day I will restore David’s fallen shelter— I will repair its broken walls and restore its ruins— and will rebuild it as it used to be,
12 so that they may possess the remnant of Edom and all the nations that bear my name,[e] ” declares the LORD, who will do these things.
13 “The days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when the reaper will be overtaken by the plowman and the planter by the one treading grapes. New wine will drip from the mountains and flow from all the hills,
14 and I will bring my people Israel back from exile.[f]“They will rebuild the ruined cities and live in them. They will plant vineyards and drink their wine; they will make gardens and eat their fruit.
15 I will plant Israel in their own land, never again to be uprooted from the land I have given them,” says the LORD your God.

Amos 9 Commentary

Chapter 9

The ruin of Israel. (1-10) The restoration of the Jews and the gospel blessing. (11-15)

Verses 1-10 The prophet, in vision, saw the Lord standing upon the idolatrous altar at Bethel. Wherever sinners flee from God's justice, it will overtake them. Those whom God brings to heaven by his grace, shall never be cast down; but those who seek to climb thither by vain confidence in themselves, will be cast down and filled with shame. That which makes escape impossible and ruin sure, is, that God will set his eyes upon them for evil, not for good. Wretched must those be on whom the Lord looks for evil, and not for good. The Lord would scatter the Jews, and visit them with calamities, as the corn is shaken in a sieve; but he would save some from among them. The astonishing preservation of the Jews as a distinct people, seems here foretold. If professors make themselves like the world, God will level them with the world. The sinners who thus flatter themselves, shall find that their profession will not protect them.

Verses 11-15 Christ died to gather together the children of God that were scattered abroad, here said to be those who were called by his name. The Lord saith this, who doeth this, who can do it, who has determined to do it, the power of whose grace is engaged for doing it. Verses ( 13-15 ) may refer to the early times of Christianity, but will receive a more glorious fulfilment in the events which all the prophets more or less foretold, and may be understood of the happy state when the fulness both of the Jews and the Gentiles come into the church. Let us continue earnest in prayer for the fulfilment of these prophecies, in the peace, purity, and the beauty of the church. God marvellously preserves his elect amidst the most fearful confusions and miseries. When all seems desperate, he wonderfully revives his church, and blesses her with all spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus. And great shall be the glory of that period, in which not one good thing promised shall remain unfulfilled.

Cross References 53

  • 1. Psalms 68:21
  • 2. Jeremiah 11:11
  • 3. S Job 7:9; S Ezekiel 26:20; Psalms 139:8
  • 4. Jeremiah 51:53
  • 5. Obadiah 1:4
  • 6. Amos 1:2
  • 7. Psalms 139:8-10
  • 8. Psalms 68:22
  • 9. Isaiah 27:1
  • 10. Jeremiah 16:16-17
  • 11. S Genesis 49:17; S Job 11:20
  • 12. S Leviticus 26:33; S Ezekiel 5:12
  • 13. S Jeremiah 21:10
  • 14. Jeremiah 39:16; S Ezekiel 15:7
  • 15. S Jeremiah 44:11
  • 16. S Psalms 46:2; Micah 1:4
  • 17. S Amos 8:8
  • 18. Jeremiah 43:9
  • 19. Ps 104:1-3,5-6,13; S Amos 5:8
  • 20. S 2 Chronicles 12:3; Isaiah 20:4; Isaiah 43:3
  • 21. S Genesis 10:14
  • 22. S Deuteronomy 2:23; Jeremiah 47:4
  • 23. S 2 Kings 16:9; S Isaiah 22:6; S Amos 1:5; Amos 2:10
  • 24. S Jeremiah 4:27
  • 25. S Jeremiah 44:27
  • 26. Luke 22:31
  • 27. Isaiah 30:28
  • 28. S Jeremiah 31:36; S Daniel 9:7
  • 29. Jeremiah 49:37
  • 30. Jeremiah 5:12; S Jeremiah 23:17; S Ezekiel 20:38; S Amos 6:3
  • 31. S Isaiah 7:2
  • 32. S Genesis 26:22
  • 33. Psalms 53:6; S Isaiah 49:8
  • 34. Psalms 80:12; S Ezekiel 17:24; Micah 7:8,11; Zechariah 12:7; Zechariah 14:10
  • 35. S Numbers 24:18
  • 36. Isaiah 43:7; Jeremiah 25:29
  • 37. Acts 15:16-17*
  • 38. Jeremiah 31:38; Jeremiah 33:14
  • 39. S Ruth 2:3
  • 40. Leviticus 26:5
  • 41. S Judges 9:27
  • 42. S Joel 2:24
  • 43. S Joel 3:18
  • 44. S Jeremiah 29:14
  • 45. S Jeremiah 33:7
  • 46. S Isaiah 32:18; S Isaiah 49:8; S Isaiah 61:4
  • 47. S 2 Kings 19:29
  • 48. S Isaiah 62:9; S Jeremiah 30:18; S Jeremiah 31:28; Ezekiel 28:25-26; S Ezekiel 34:13-14; S Amos 5:11
  • 49. S Exodus 15:17; S Isaiah 60:21
  • 50. S Jeremiah 23:8
  • 51. S Joel 3:20
  • 52. S Isaiah 65:9; S Jeremiah 3:18; Obadiah 1:17
  • 53. S Jeremiah 18:9; S Jeremiah 24:6; S Jeremiah 32:15; S Ezekiel 28:26; S Ezekiel 34:25-28; S Ezekiel 37:12,25

Footnotes 6

  • [a]. The meaning of the Hebrew for this phrase is uncertain.
  • [b]. The meaning of the Hebrew for this word is uncertain.
  • [c]. That is, people from the upper Nile region
  • [d]. That is, Crete
  • [e]. Hebrew; Septuagint "so that the remnant of people" / "and all the nations that bear my name may seek me"
  • [f]. Or "will restore the fortunes of my people Israel"

Chapter Summary


This chapter contains the fifth and last vision the prophet saw; which represents the certain desolation of the land, city, and temple, and the slaughter of all sorts of persons, high and low, none should escape it, Am 9:1; be they where they would, they should be found out, whether in hell or heaven, on the tops of the highest mountains, or in the bottom of the sea, or in a foreign land, since the eyes of the Lord were upon them for evil, Am 9:2-4; nor could they hope to escape, when they considered his greatness and his power, and what he could do, and had done; and how they had behaved towards him, even though they were the people he had brought out of Egypt, Am 9:5-7; but though the sinful kingdom should be destroyed, yet not utterly, a remnant should be saved, Am 9:8-10; and the chapter is concluded with gracious promises of raising up the tabernacle of David fallen down, and of the return of the people of Israel to their own land; and of their settlement and continuance in it, never more to depart from it, Am 9:11-15.

Amos 9 Commentaries

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