Amos 5:15

15 We have hated evil, and loved good: and restore ye judgment in the gates; that the Lord God Almighty may have mercy on 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 the prudent shall be silent at that time; for it is a time of evils.
14 Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the Lord God Almighty shall be with you, as ye have said,
15 We have hated evil, and loved good: and restore ye judgment in the gates; that the Lord God Almighty may have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God Almighty; In all the streets lamentations; and in all the ways shall it be said, Woe, woe! the husbandman shall be called to mourning and lamentation, and to them that are skilled in complaining.
17 And lamentation in all the ways; because I will pass through the midst of thee, saith the Lord.

The Brenton translation of the Septuagint is in the public domain.