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\\.