Amos 5:15

15 1Hate evil, love good, And establish justice in the gate! Perhaps the LORD God of hosts 2May be gracious to the 3remnant 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 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!
15 Hate evil, love good, And establish justice in the gate! Perhaps the LORD God of hosts May be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.
16 Therefore thus says the LORD God of hosts, the Lord , "There is wailing in all the plazas, And in all the streets they say, 'Alas! Alas!' They also call the farmer to mourning And professional mourners to lamentation.
17 "And in all the vineyards there is wailing, Because I will pass through the midst of you," says the LORD .

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 97:10; Romans 12:9
  • 2. Joel 2:14
  • 3. Mic 5:3, 7, 8

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. I.e. the place where court was held
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