Amos 5:10-13

10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth.
11 You levy a straw tax on the poor and impose a tax on their grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
13 Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil.

Amos 5:10 in Other Translations

KJV
10 They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
ESV
10 They hate him who reproves in the gate, and they abhor him who speaks the truth.
NLT
10 How you hate honest judges! How you despise people who tell the truth!
MSG
10 People hate this kind of talk. Raw truth is never popular.
CSB
10 They hate the one who convicts [the guilty] at the city gate and despise the one who speaks with integrity.

Amos 5:10-13 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO AMOS 5

In this chapter the prophet exhorts Israel to hear his lamentation over them for their impending ruin, Am 5:1-3; nevertheless to seek the Lord, and all that is good; to forsake their idols, and repent of their sins, in hopes of finding mercy, and living comfortably; or otherwise they must expect the wrath of God for their iniquities, especially their oppression of the poor, Am 5:4-15; otherwise it would be a time of weeping and wailing, of darkness and distress, however they might harden or flatter themselves, or make a jest of it, Am 5:16-20; for all their sacrifices and ceremonial worship would signify nothing, so long as they continued their idolatry with them Am 5:21-26; and therefore should surely go into captivity, Am 5:27.

Amos 5:10-13 In-Context

8 He who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns midnight into dawn and darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land— the LORD is his name.
9 With a blinding flash he destroys the stronghold and brings the fortified city to ruin.
10 There are those who hate the one who upholds justice in court and detest the one who tells the truth.
11 You levy a straw tax on the poor and impose a tax on their grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
13 Therefore the prudent keep quiet in such times, for the times are evil.
14 Seek good, not evil, that you may live. Then the LORD God Almighty will be with you, just as you say he is.
15 Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts. Perhaps the LORD God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.

Cross References 12

  • 1. S Isaiah 29:21
  • 2. 1 Kings 22:8; Galatians 4:16
  • 3. Amos 8:6
  • 4. S Amos 3:15
  • 5. S Deuteronomy 28:30; Micah 1:6
  • 6. S Judges 9:27; S Amos 4:1; Amos 9:14; Micah 6:15; Zephaniah 1:13
  • 7. Hosea 5:3
  • 8. S Job 36:18; S Isaiah 1:23; S Ezekiel 22:12
  • 9. S Jeremiah 5:28
  • 10. S Job 5:4; S Isaiah 5:23; S Amos 2:6-7
  • 11. S Esther 4:14
  • 12. Micah 2:3
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