Amos 2

Listen to Amos 2
1 Thus says the LORD: 1"For three transgressions of 2Moab, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment,[a] because 3he burned to lime the bones of the king of Edom.
2 So I will send a fire upon Moab, and it shall devour the strongholds of 4Kerioth, and Moab shall die amid uproar, amid shouting and the sound of the trumpet;
3 5I will cut off the ruler from its midst, and will kill 6all its princes[b] with him," says the LORD.

Judgment on Judah

4 Thus says the LORD: 7"For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because 8they have rejected the law of the LORD, and have not kept his statutes, but 9their lies have led them astray, those after which their fathers walked.
5 So 10I will send a fire upon Judah, and it shall devour the strongholds of Jerusalem."

Judgment on Israel

6 Thus says the LORD: 11"For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, because 12they sell the righteous for 13silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals--
7 those who trample the head of the poor 14into the dust of the earth and 15turn aside the way of the afflicted; 16a man and his father go in to the same girl, so that my holy name is profaned;
8 they lay themselves down beside every altar on garments 17taken in pledge, and in the house of their God they drink the wine of those who have been fined.
9 "Yet 18it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them, 19whose height was like the height of the cedars and who was as strong as the oaks; 20I destroyed his fruit above and his roots beneath.
10 21Also it was I who brought you up out of the land of Egypt 22and led you forty years in the wilderness, 23to possess the land of the Amorite.
11 And I raised up some of your sons for prophets, and some of your young men for 24Nazirites. Is it not indeed so, O people of Israel?" declares the LORD.
12 "But you made the Nazirites 25drink wine, and commanded the prophets, saying, 26'You shall not prophesy.'
13 "Behold, I will press you down in your place, as a cart full of sheaves presses down.
14 27Flight shall perish from the swift, 28and the strong shall not retain his strength, 29nor shall the mighty save his life;
15 he who handles the bow shall not stand, and he who is 30swift of foot shall not save himself, 31nor shall he who rides the horse save his life;
16 and he who is stout of heart among the mighty shall flee away naked in that day," declares the LORD.

Amos 2 Commentary

Chapter 2

Judgments against Moab and Judah. (1-8) The ingratitude and ruin of Israel. (9-16)

Verses 1-8 The evil passions of the heart break out in various forms; but the Lord looks to our motives, as well as our conduct. Those that deal cruelly, shall be cruelly dealt with. Other nations were reckoned with for injuries done to men; Judah is reckoned with for dishonour done to God. Judah despised the law of the Lord; and he justly gave them up to strong delusion; nor was it any excuse for their sin, that they were the lies, the idols, after which their fathers walked. The worst abominations and most grievous oppressions have been committed by some of the professed worshippers of the Lord. Such conduct leads many to unbelief and vile idolatry.

Verses 9-16 We need often to be reminded of the mercies we have received; which add much to the evil of the sins we have committed. They had helps for their souls, which taught them how to make good use of their earthly enjoyments, and were therefore more valuable. Faithful ministers are great blessings to any people; but it is God that raises them up to be so. Sinners' own consciences will witness that he has not been wanting to them in the means of grace. They did what they could to lead believers aside. Satan and his agents are busy to corrupt the minds of young people who look heavenward; they overcome many by drawing them to the love of mirth and pleasure, and into drinking company. Multitudes of young men who bade fair as professors of religion, have erred through strong drink, and have been undone for ever. The Lord complains of sin, especially the sins of his professing people, as a burden to him. And though his long-suffering be tired, his power is not, and so the sinner will find to his cost. When men reject God's word, adding obstinacy to sin, and this becomes the general character of a people, they will be given up to misery, notwithstanding all their boasted power and resources. May we then humble ourselves before the Lord, for all our ingratitude and unfaithfulness.

Cross References 31

  • 1. [See ch. 1:3 above] [2 Kings 3:27]
  • 2. Zephaniah 2:8, 9; See Isaiah 15
  • 3. [See ch. 1:3 above] [2 Kings 3:27]
  • 4. Jeremiah 48:24, 41
  • 5. [Jeremiah 48:7]
  • 6. [Jeremiah 48:7]
  • 7. See Amos 1:3
  • 8. Leviticus 26:14, 15; Nehemiah 1:7; Ezek. 20:13, 16, 24; [Daniel 9:11]
  • 9. Jeremiah 16:19, 20; Romans 1:25
  • 10. Jeremiah 17:27; Hosea 8:14
  • 11. [See ver. 4 above]
  • 12. [Leviticus 25:39; 2 Kings 4:1]
  • 13. Amos 8:6
  • 14. Lamentations 2:10
  • 15. Amos 5:12; Job 24:4; Isaiah 10:2
  • 16. [1 Corinthians 5:1]; See Ezekiel 22:11
  • 17. See Exodus 22:26
  • 18. Deuteronomy 2:31; Joshua 24:8; See Numbers 21:21-25
  • 19. [Numbers 13:32, 33; Isaiah 10:33]
  • 20. [Job 18:16]
  • 21. Amos 3:1; Exodus 12:17, 51
  • 22. See Deuteronomy 8:2
  • 23. [See ver. 9 above]
  • 24. Numbers 6:2
  • 25. [Numbers 6:3]
  • 26. Amos 7:13, 16; Isaiah 30:10; Micah 2:6
  • 27. [Amos 9:1; Ecclesiastes 9:11]
  • 28. [Amos 9:1; Ecclesiastes 9:11]
  • 29. [Psalms 33:16]
  • 30. [2 Samuel 2:18]
  • 31. [Psalms 33:17]

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Hebrew I will not turn it back; also verses 4, 6
  • [b]. Or officials

Chapter Summary


In this chapter the prophet foretells the calamities that should come upon the Moabites for their transgressions, Am 2:1-3; and the destruction of Judah and Jerusalem for their iniquities, Am 2:4,5; also the judgments of God that should come upon Israel the ten tribes for their sins, which sins are enumerated; their oppression of the poor, their lewdness and idolatry, Am 2:6-8; and which are aggravated by the blessings of goodness bestowed upon them, both temporal and spiritual, Am 2:9-12; wherefore they are threatened with ruin, which would be inevitable, notwithstanding their swiftness, strength, and courage, and their skill in shooting arrows, and riding horses, Am 2:13-16.

Amos 2 Commentaries

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