Amos 5

The Book of Amos
Chapter 5

Chapter Overview:

The deplorable condition of Israel, ver. 1 - 3.
An exhortation to seek God, ver. 4 - 15.
Judgments denounced, ver. 16 - 20.
Notwithstanding their outward services, ver. 21 - 27.


5:2The virgin - So she was, when first espoused to God.Upon her land - Broken to pieces upon her own land, and so left as a broken vessel.
5:3By a thousand - That sent out one thousand soldiers.An hundred - Shall lose nine parts of them.
5:4Ye shall live - It shall be well with you.
5:5Seek not - Consult not, worship not the idol at Bethel, Gilgal, or Beersheba.
5:6The house of Joseph - The kingdom of the ten tribes, the chief whereof was Ephraim, the son of Joseph. In Beth-el - If once this fire breaks out, all your idols in Beth-el shall not be able to quench it.
5:7Ye - Rulers and judges. Judgment - The righteous sentence of the law. To wormwood - Proverbially understood; bitterness, injustice and oppression. Leave off - Make to cease in your courts of judicature.
5:8The seven stars - A constellation, whose rising about September was usually accompanied with sweet showers. Orion - Which arising about November brings usually cold, rains and frosts intermixt very seasonable for the earth. The shadow of the earth - The greatest adversity into as great prosperity. Dark with might - Changes prosperity into adversity.That calleth - Commands the vapour to ascend, which he turns into rain; and then pours from the clouds to make the earth fruitful.
5:9The strong - The mighty, victorious and insolent.Shall come - Shall rally and form a siege against their besiegers.
5:10They - The judges and people. In the gate - Where judges sat, and where the prophets many times delivered their message.
5:11Your treading - You utterly oppress the helpless.Ye take - Ye extort from the poor great quantities of wheat, on which he should live.
5:12In the gate - In their courts of justice.
5:13Shall keep silence - Be forced to it. Evil - Both for the sinfulness of it, and for the troubles, wars, and captivity now at hand.
5:14With you - To bless and save you yet.
5:15The evil - All evil among the people, and yourselves.Love - Commend, encourage, defend: let your heart be toward good things, and good men. Remnant - What the invasions of enemies, or the civil wars have spared, and left in Samaria and Israel.
5:16Therefore - The prophet foreseeing their obstinacy, proceeds to denounce judgment against them. The husbandman - This sort of men are little used to such ceremonies of mourning, but now such also shall be called upon; leave your toil, betake yourselves to publick mourning.
5:17Vineyards - In these places were usually the greatest joy.Pass through - To punish all every where.
5:18That desire - Scoffingly, not believing any such day would come.To what end - What do you think to get by it? Is darkness - All adversity, black and doleful. Not light - No joy, or comfort an it.
5:19And a bear - You may escape one, but shall fall in another calamity. Into the house - At home you may hope for safety, but there other kind of mischief shall meet you.
5:21I hate - Impure and unholy as they are. Will not smell - A savour, of rest or delight, I will not accept and be pleased with.
5:23Thy songs - Used in their sacrifices, and solemn feasts; herein they imitated the temple - worship, but all was unpleasing to the Lord.Will not hear - Not with delight and acceptance. Thy viols - This one kind of musical instrument is put for all the rest.
5:24Let judgment - Let justice be administered constantly.Righteousness - Equity. Stream - Bearing down all that opposes it.
5:25Have ye - Their fathers and they, tho' at so great a distance of time, are one people, and so the prophet considers them.Unto me - Was it to me, or to your idols, that you offered, even in the wilderness?
5:26Ye have borne - Ye carried along with you in the wilderness; the shrine, or canopy in which the image was placed.Moloch - The great idol of the Ammonites. Chiun - Another idol.
5:27Therefore - For all your idolatry and other sins, in which you have obstinately continued.