Amos 8:4-6

4 Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land,
5 saying, “When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?”— skimping on the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales,
6 buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

Amos 8:4-6 Meaning and Commentary


In this chapter a fourth vision is delivered, the vision of a "basket of summer fruit"; signifying the destruction of the ten tribes, for which they were ripe, and which would quickly come upon them, Am 8:1-3; the rich are reproved for their oppression of the poor, their covetousness and earthly mindedness, Am 8:4-6; for which they are threatened with entire ruin, sudden calamities, and very mournful times, instead of light, joy, and gladness, Am 8:7-10; and particularly with a famine of hearing the word of God, Am 8:11,12; the consequence of which would be, a fainting of the young men and virgins for thirst, and the utter and irrecoverable ruin of all idolaters, Am 8:13,14.

Cross References 9

  • 1. S Proverbs 30:14
  • 2. S Job 20:19; S Psalms 14:4; S Amos 2:7
  • 3. S Numbers 10:10
  • 4. Isaiah 58:13
  • 5. S Nehemiah 10:31
  • 6. S Genesis 31:7
  • 7. Deuteronomy 25:15; 2 Kings 4:23; Nehemiah 13:15-16; Ezekiel 45:10-12; S Hosea 12:7; Micah 6:10-11; Zechariah 5:6
  • 8. Amos 5:11
  • 9. S Amos 2:6; S Amos 4:1
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