Amos 8: A
basket of ripe fruit & the coming judgment
Comment: This short chapter starts with Amos
being shown a basket of ripe fruit [v.1], signifying that Israel
are ripe for judgment [v.2] that will bring judgment in the temple
[v.3]. He speaks against those who trample on the poor [v.4],
who disdain the Sabbath [v.5] and buy and sell the poor [v.6]
so the Lord says He will not forget any of this [v.7] and will
bring judgment on the land because of it [v.8] with a darkness
[v.9] that will turn their festivities into mourning [v.10]. The
next three verses [v.11-13] speak of a famine of hearing from
the Lord and concludes with a final declaration that all those
idol worshippers will fall and never rise again [v.14]. The summary:
you deserve the judgment that is coming very soon.]
The time is ripe for Israel to be judged
Lord shows Amos a basket of ripe fruit
is what the Sovereign Lord showed me: a basket of ripe fruit.
The Lord explains what it means
do you see, Amos?' he asked.
basket of ripe fruit,' I answered.
the Lord said to me, ‘The time is ripe for my people Israel; I
will spare them no longer.
He clarifies it means destruction
that day,' declares the Sovereign Lord, ‘the songs in the temple
will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies – flung everywhere!
Their unrighteousness declared
It is to deal with the unrighteous…
this, you who trample the needy
and do away with the poor of the land,
… who disdain the Sabbath and cheat at trade….
will the New Moon be over
that we may sell grain,
and the Sabbath be ended
that we may market wheat?'–
skimping on the measure,
boosting the price
and cheating with dishonest scales,
… and who trade in the poor
the poor with silver
and the needy for a pair of sandals,
selling even the sweepings with the wheat.
A Judgment of Darkness will come
The Lord sees all they have done…
Lord has sworn by himself, the Pride of Jacob: ‘I will never forget
anything they have done.
… and so the land will suffer judgment over it
not the land tremble for this,
and all who live in it mourn?
The whole land will rise like the Nile;
it will be stirred up and then sink
like the river of Egypt.
There will come a darkness on the land…
that day,' declares the Sovereign Lord,
will make the sun go down at noon
and darken the earth in broad daylight.
… that will turn their festivities into times of mourning
will turn your religious festivals into mourning
and all your singing into weeping.
I will make all of you wear sackcloth
and shave your heads.
I will make that time like mourning for an only son
and the end of it like a bitter day.
A famine of words from heaven with destruction following
He will bring a famine of the words from heaven
days are coming,' declares the Sovereign Lord,
‘when I will send a famine through the
not a famine of food or a thirst for water,
but a famine of hearing the words of the
People will search for them but hear nothing
will stagger from sea to sea
and wander from north to east,
searching for the word of the Lord,
but they will not find it.
Young people will faint from spiritual thirst
lovely young women and strong young men
will faint because of thirst.
Those who look to their idols will fall never to recover
who swear by the sin of Samaria –
who say, “As surely as your god lives,
or, “As surely as the god of Beersheba
they will fall, never to rise again.'
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