Amos 5:15

15 1Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice 2in the gate; 3it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

Amos 5:15 Meaning and Commentary

Amos 5:15

Hate the evil, and love the good
Evil is not only not to be sought, but to be hated, especially the evil of sin, because of its evil nature, and pernicious effects and consequences; and, if it was for no other reason but because it is hateful and abominable unto God, therefore they that love him should hate evil, even with a perfect hatred; as all good men do, though it is present with them, and cleaves unto them, and they do it, ( Psalms 97:10 ) ( Romans 7:15 ) ( 12:9 ) ; and "good" is to be loved for its goodness' sake; and the good effects of it; a good God is to be loved, and all good men, and all good things; the good word of God, and his commands and ordinances; and highly to be esteemed, and affectionately regarded: and establish judgment in the gate;
openly, publicly, in every court of judicature, which used to be kept in the gates of cities; not only execute judgment and justice in all, cases brought into court, but let it have its constant course, and be always practised according to the settled laws of it: it may be that the Lord God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant
of Joseph:
who should escape the fire that should break out of his house, and devour it, even the ten tribes, ( Amos 5:6 ) ; such of them as should seek the Lord, and that which is good; for in the worst of times God reserves a remnant for himself, as in the times of Elijah, Isaiah, Christ, and his apostles; a remnant according to the election of grace, to whom he has been gracious in the choice and reserve he has made of them; in the stores of grace he has hid up for them; in the provision and mission of his Son as a Saviour; and in waiting the time of their conversion, when he is gracious to them, in regenerating, quickening, pardoning, and justifying of them; and still will be in the visits of his love; in the supplies of his grace, in supporting them under afflictions, temptations, desertions and in giving them his word and ordinances for their comfort and relief: nor is this "may be" to be understood in a way of doubt or hesitation, but of good hope, yea, of a holy confidence; and so some render it, "without doubt the Lord God of hosts will be gracious" F7 see ( Zephaniah 2:3 ) .


F7 (ylwa) "sine dubio", Tarnovius; so Burkius.

Amos 5:15 In-Context

13 Therefore he who is prudent will keep silent in such a time, for it is an evil time.
14 Seek good, and not evil, that you may live; and so the LORD, the God of hosts, will be with you, as you have said.
15 Hate evil, and love good, and establish justice in the gate; it may be that the LORD, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
16 Therefore thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord: "In all the squares there shall be wailing, and in all the streets they shall say, 'Alas! Alas!' They shall call the farmers to mourning and to wailing those who are skilled in lamentation,
17 and in all vineyards there shall be wailing, for I will pass through your midst," says the LORD.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 97:10; Romans 12:9
  • 2. [See ver. 10 above]
  • 3. Joel 2:14; [Exodus 32:30]
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