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Amos Chapter 2

Amos 2:1
2:1 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Moab, and
    for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof;
    because he burned the {a} bones of the king of Edom into
    lime:

    (a) For the Moabites were so cruel against the King of Edom,
        that they burnt his bones after he was dead: which
        declared their barbarous rage, that they would avenge
        themselves upon the dead.

Amos 2:4
2:4 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of Judah, and
    for four, {b} I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof;
    because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not
    kept his commandments, and their lies caused them to err,
    after the which their fathers have walked:

    (b) Seeing that the Gentiles who did have as much
        knowledge were punished in this way, Judah which was so
        fully instructed by the Lord's will, should not think
        that they would escape.

Amos 2:6
2:6 Thus saith the LORD; For three transgressions of {c} Israel,
    and for four, I will not turn away [the punishment] thereof;
    because they sold the righteous for silver, and the poor for
    a pair of {d} shoes;

    (c) If he did not spare Judah unto whom his promises were
        made, much more he will not spare this degenerate
        kingdom.
    (d) They esteemed most vile bribes more than men's lives.

Amos 2:7
2:7 That pant after the {e} dust of the earth on the head of the
    poor, and turn aside the way of the meek: and a man and his
    father will go in unto the [same] maid, to profane my holy
    name:

    (e) When they have robbed him and thrown him to the ground,
        they open wide their mouths for his life.

Amos 2:8
2:8 And they lay [themselves] down upon clothes laid to pledge
    {f} by every altar, and they {g} drink the wine of the
    condemned [in] the house of their god.

    (f) Thinking that by these ceremonies, that is, by
        sacrificing, and by being near my altar, they may excuse
        all of their other wickedness.
    (g) They rob others and offer it to God, thinking that he
        will exempt them, when he is made partaker of their
        iniquity.

Amos 2:9
2:9 Yet destroyed I the {h} Amorite before them, whose height
    [was] like the height of the cedars, and he [was] strong as
    the oaks; yet I destroyed his fruit from above, and his
    roots from beneath.

    (h) The destruction of their enemies and his mercy toward
        them, should have caused their hearts to melt because of
        love toward him.

Amos 2:11
2:11 And I raised up of your sons for prophets, and of {i} your
     young men for Nazarites. [Is it] not even thus, O ye
     children of Israel? saith the LORD.

     (i) You condemned my benefits, and abused my graces, and
         craftily went about to stop the mouths of my Prophets.

Amos 2:13
2:13 Behold, I am {k} pressed under you, as a cart is pressed
     [that is] full of sheaves.

     (k) You have wearied me with your sins; Isaiah 1:14.

Amos 2:14
2:14 Therefore the flight shall perish from the {l} swift, and
     the strong shall not strengthen his force, neither shall
     the mighty deliver himself:

     (l) None will be delivered by any means.



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