Amos 5:12

12 For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, You who 1distress the righteous and accept bribes And turn aside the poor in the gate.

Amos 5:12 Meaning and Commentary

Amos 5:12

For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins,
&c.] Their sins were numerous, and of the first magnitude, attended with very heavy aggravations; and these with all their circumstances were well known to the omniscient God, and therefore he determined to punish them as he had threatened. Some of their transgressions are pointed out, as follow: they afflict the just;
who are so both in a moral and evangelic sense; not comparatively only, but really; and particularly whose cause was just, and yet were vexed and distressed by unjust judges, who gave the cause against them, made them pay all costs and charges, and severely mulcted them: they take a bribe; of those that were against the just, and gave the cause for them. The word signifies "a ransom" F6. The Targum it false mammon. Corrupt and unjust judges are here taxed: and they turn aside the poor in the gate [from their right];
in the court of judicature, where they should have done them justice, such courts being usually held in the gates of cities; but instead of that they perverted their judgment, and did them wrong.


FOOTNOTES:

F6 (rpwk) "pretium redemptionis", Mercerus, Liveleus, Drusius, Lytron, Cocceius.

Amos 5:12 In-Context

10 They hate him who reproves in the gate, And they abhor him who speaks with integrity.
11 Therefore because you impose heavy rent on the poor And exact a tribute of grain from them, Though you have built houses of well-hewn stone, Yet you will not live in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine.
12 For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, You who distress the righteous and accept bribes And turn aside the poor in the gate.
13 Therefore at such a time the prudent person keeps silent, for it is an evil time.
14 Seek good and not evil, that you may live; And thus may the LORD God of hosts be with you, Just as you have said!

Cross References 1

  • 1. Isaiah 1:23; Isaiah 5:23; Amos 2:6

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Lit "they turn"
  • [b]. I.e. the place where court was held