Amos 5:25-27

25 “Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
26 You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god[a] — which you made for yourselves.
27 Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,” says the LORD, whose name is God Almighty.

Amos 5:25 in Other Translations

KJV
25 Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
ESV
25 "Did you bring to me sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, O house of Israel?
NLT
25 “Was it to me you were bringing sacrifices and offerings during the forty years in the wilderness, Israel?
MSG
25 "Didn't you, dear family of Israel, worship me faithfully for forty years in the wilderness, bringing the sacrifices and offerings I commanded?
CSB
25 "House of Israel, was it sacrifices and grain offerings that you presented to Me during the 40 years in the wilderness?

Amos 5:25-27 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 5:25-27 In-Context

23 Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.
24 But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!
25 “Did you bring me sacrifices and offerings forty years in the wilderness, people of Israel?
26 You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god — which you made for yourselves.
27 Therefore I will send you into exile beyond Damascus,” says the LORD, whose name is God Almighty.

Cross References 5

  • 1. S Isaiah 43:23
  • 2. S Exodus 16:35; Deuteronomy 32:17
  • 3. S Ezekiel 18:6; S Ezekiel 20:16
  • 4. Amos 6:7; Amos 7:11,17; Micah 1:16
  • 5. Deuteronomy 32:17-19; Jeremiah 38:17; S Amos 4:13; Acts 7:42-43*

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or "lifted up Sakkuth your king" / "and Kaiwan your idols," / "your star-gods" ; Septuagint "lifted up the shrine of Molek" / "and the star of your god Rephan," / "their idols"
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