The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BibleAmos 8:12
And they shall wander from sea to sea…
From the sea of
Tiberias, or Galilee; or from the Dead sea, the lake Asphaltites; or
from the Red sea, which was to the south of the land of Israel, to the
great sea, which is to the west, as Aben Ezra: so the Targum,
``from the sea to the west;''
that is, to the Mediterranean sea:
and from the north even to the east;
proceeding from the south to the
west, they shall turn from thence to the north, and so to the east,
which describes the borders of the land of Canaan, (Numbers 34:3-12) ; and the
sense is, that
they shall go to and fro;
throughout the whole land, and all over it,
to seek the word of the Lord;
not the written word, but the
interpretation of it; doctrine from before the Lord, as the Targum; the
preaching of the word, or ministers to instruct them in it; or the word
of prophecy, and prophets to tell them when it would be better times,
and how long their present distress should last:
and shall not find [it];
there should be no ministry, no preaching, no
prophesying; as never since among the ten tribes, so it has been the
case of the Jews, the two tribes, upon the rejection of the Messiah;
the Gospel was taken from them; no tidings could they hear of the
Messiah, though they ran to and fro to find him, it being told them Lo,
here, and Lo, there; see (John 7:34-36) (Luke 17:22) .
The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Amos 8:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=am&chapter=008&verse=012>. 1999.