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The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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1A lamentation for Israel.
4An exhortation to repentance.
21God rejects their hypocritical service.
 
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Chapter 5

Verse 1
Hear ye this word which I take up against you, even a lamentation, O house of Israel.


Hear
3:1; 4:1
I take
16; Jeremiah 7:29; 9:10,17,20; Ezekiel 19:1,14; 26:17; 27:2,27-32; 28:12; Ezekiel 32:2,16; Micah 2:4

Verse 2
The virgin of Israel is fallen; she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her land; there is none to raise her up.
virgin
Isaiah 37:22; Jeremiah 14:17; 18:13; 31:4; Lamentations 2:13
is fallen
2 Kings 15:29; 17:16; Isaiah 3:8; Hosea 14:1
she shall
Isaiah 14:21; 24:20; 43:17; Jeremiah 51:64
she is
Jeremiah 4:20
none
7:2-5; 9:11; Isaiah 51:17,18; Jeremiah 2:27; 30:12-14; Lamentations 1:16-19; Ezekiel 16:36,37; Hosea 6:2

Verse 3
For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten, to the house of Israel.
The city
Deuteronomy 4:27; 28:62; Isaiah 1:9; 10:22; Ezekiel 12:16; Romans 9:27

Verse 4
For thus saith the LORD unto the house of Israel, Seek ye me, and ye shall live:
Seek
6; Deuteronomy 30:1-8; 1 Chronicles 28:9; 2 Chronicles 15:2; 20:3; 34:3; Psalms 14:2; 27:8; Isaiah 55:6,7; Jeremiah 29:12,13; Lamentations 3:25,26; Zephaniah 2:3; Matthew 7:8
and
Psalms 22:26; 69:32; 105:3,4; Isaiah 55:3

Verse 5
But seek not Bethel, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not to Beersheba: for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Bethel shall come to nought.
seek
4:4; Hosea 4:15; 9:15; 10:14,15; 12:11
Beer-sheba
8:14; Genesis 21:33
Gilgal
There is a paronomasia here, both on the letters and words: hag-gilgal galoh yigleh oovaith el yiheyeh leńwen, "Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el (the house of God) shall come to nought," or Aven, i.e., Beth-aven, the house of iniquity.
and Beth-el
7:17; Leviticus 26:30-32; Deuteronomy 28:41; Hosea 4:15; 10:8,15
come
Job 8:22; Psalms 33:10; Isaiah 8:10; 29:20; 1 Corinthians 1:28; 2:6; Revelation 18:17

Verse 6
Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Bethel.
Seek
4; Ezekiel 33:11
lest
Exodus 22:6
the house
6:6; Genesis 48:8-20; Joshua 18:5; Judges 1:22,23; 2 Samuel 19:20; 1 Kings 11:28; Ezekiel 37:19; Zechariah 10:6
there
Isaiah 1:31; Jeremiah 4:4; 7:20; Ezekiel 20:47,48; Mark 9:43-48

Verse 7
Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,
turn
11,12; 6:12; Deuteronomy 29:18; Isaiah 1:23; 5:7; 10:1; 59:13,14; Hosea 10:4; Habakkuk 1:12-14
leave
Psalms 36:3; 125:5; Ezekiel 3:20; 18:24; 33:12,13,18; Zephaniah 1:6

Verse 8
Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning, and maketh the day dark with night: that calleth for the waters of the sea, and poureth them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is his name:
maketh
Job 9:9; 38:31,32
and turneth
Job 12:22; 38:12,13; Psalms 107:10-14; Matthew 4:16; Luke 1:79
maketh
4:13; 8:9; Exodus 10:21-23; 14:24-28; Psalms 104:20; 105:28; Isaiah 59:10
that calleth
9:6; Genesis 7:11-20; 1 Kings 18:44,45; Job 37:13; 38:34
The Lord
4:13

Verse 9
That strengtheneth the spoiled against the strong, so that the spoiled shall come against the fortress.
strengtheneth
2 Kings 13:17,25; Jeremiah 37:10; Hebrews 11:34
spoiled
Heb. spoil.

Verse 10
They hate him that rebuketh in the gate, and they abhor him that speaketh uprightly.
hate
7:10-17; 1 Kings 18:17; 21:20; 22:8; 2 Chronicles 24:20-22; 25:16; 36:16; Proverbs 9:7,8; Isaiah 29:21; Jeremiah 20:7-10; John 7:7; 15:19,22-24; Revelation 11:10
abhor
Jeremiah 17:16,17; John 3:20; 8:45-47

Verse 11
Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them.
treading
4:1; Isaiah 5:7,8; 59:13,14; Micah 2:2; 3:1-3; James 2:6; Revelation 11:8-10
ye have built
Deuteronomy 28:30,38,39; Isaiah 65:21,22; Micah 6:15; Zephaniah 1:13; Haggai 1:6
pleasant vineyards
Heb. vineyards of desire.

Verse 12
For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: they afflict the just, they take a bribe, and they turn aside the poor in the gate from their right.
I know
Deuteronomy 31:21; Isaiah 66:18; Jeremiah 29:23; Hebrews 4:12,13
manifold
2 Kings 17:7-17; Isaiah 47:9
they afflict
2:6,7,16; Acts 3:13,14; 7:52; James 5:4,6
take
1 Samuel 8:3; Psalms 26:9,10; Isaiah 1:23; 33:15; Micah 3:11; 7:3
bribe
or, ransom. and they.
2:7; Isaiah 10:2; 29:21; Lamentations 3:34; Malachi 3:5
in the
10; Deuteronomy 16:18; Ruth 4:1; Job 29:7-25; 31:21; Proverbs 22:22

Verse 13
Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is an evil time.
the prudent
6:10; Ecclesiastes 3:7; Isaiah 36:21; Hosea 4:4; Micah 7:5-7; Matthew 27:12-14
an evil
Ecclesiastes 9:12; Isaiah 37:3; Micah 2:3; Habakkuk 3:16; Zephaniah 2:2,3; Ephesians 5:15,16; 6:13; 2 Timothy 3:1

Verse 14
Seek good, and not evil, that ye may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, as ye have spoken.
Seek
Psalms 34:12-16; Proverbs 11:27; Isaiah 1:16,17; 55:2; Micah 6:8; Matthew 6:33; Romans 2:7-9
and so
3:3; Genesis 39:2,3,23; Exodus 3:12; Joshua 1:9; 1 Chronicles 28:20; 2 Chronicles 15:2; Psalms 46:11; Isaiah 8:10; Matthew 1:23; 28:20; Philippians 4:8,9; 2 Timothy 4:22
as
Numbers 16:3; Isaiah 48:1,2; Jeremiah 7:3,4; Micah 3:11

Verse 15
Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate: it may be that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious unto the remnant of Joseph.
Hate
Psalms 34:14; 36:4; 37:27; 97:10; 119:104; 139:21,22; Romans 7:15,16,22; 8:7; Romans 12:9; 1 Thessalonians 5:21,22; 3 John 1:11
establish
10,24; 6:12; 2 Chronicles 19:6-11; Psalms 82:2-4; Jeremiah 7:5-7
it may
Exodus 32:30; 2 Samuel 16:12; 1 Kings 20:31; 2 Kings 19:4; Joel 2:14; Jonah 3:9
the remnant
6; 2 Kings 13:7; 14:26,27; 15:29; Jeremiah 31:7; Micah 2:12; 5:3,7,8

Verse 16
Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the Lord, saith thus; Wailing shall be in all streets; and they shall say in all the highways, Alas! alas! and they shall call the husbandman to mourning, and such as are skilful of lamentation to wailing.
the Lord
27; 3:13
Wailing
8:10; Isaiah 15:2-5,8; 22:12; Jeremiah 4:31; 9:10,18-20; Joel 1:8,11,14; Micah 1:8; 2:4; Revelation 18:10,15,16,19
such
Jeremiah 9:17-19

Verse 17
And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through thee, saith the LORD.
in
Isaiah 16:10; 32:10-12; Jeremiah 48:33; Hosea 9:1,2
I will
Exodus 12:12,23; Joel 3:17; Nahum 1:12,15; Zechariah 9:8

Verse 18
Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end is it for you? the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light.
desire
Isaiah 5:19; 28:15-22; Jeremiah 17:15; Ezekiel 12:22,27; Malachi 3:1,2; 2 Peter 3:4
the day of the Lord is
Isaiah 5:30; 9:19; 24:11,12; Jeremiah 30:7; Joel 1:15; 2:1,2,10,31; Zephaniah 1:14,15; Malachi 4:1; 2 Peter 3:10

Verse 19
As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
As if
They should go from one evil to another.
9:1,2; 1 Kings 20:29,30; Job 20:24,25; Isaiah 24:17,18; Jeremiah 15:2,3; Jeremiah 48:43,44; Acts 28:4

Verse 20
Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?
darkness
Job 3:4-6; 10:21,22; Isaiah 13:10; Ezekiel 34:12; Nahum 1:8; Matthew 22:13; Jude 1:13; Revelation 16:10

Verse 21
I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies.
hate
Proverbs 15:8; 21:27; 28:9; Isaiah 1:11-16; 66:3; Jeremiah 6:20; 7:21-23; Hosea 8:13; Matthew 23:14
I will
Genesis 8:21; Leviticus 26:31; Ephesians 5:2; Philippians 4:18
smell in your solemn assemblies
or, smell your holy days.

Verse 22
Though ye offer me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them: neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts.
offer
Psalms 50:8-13; Isaiah 66:3; Micah 6:6,7
peace offerings
or, thank offerings.
4:4,5; Leviticus 7:12-15; Psalms 50:14,23; 107:21,22; 116:17

Verse 23
Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.
the noise
6:5; 8:3,10

Verse 24
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.
let
7,14,15; Job 29:12-17; Proverbs 21:3; Hosea 6:6; Micah 6:8; Mark 12:32-34
run
Heb. roll.

Verse 25
Have ye offered unto me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
Leviticus 17:7; Deuteronomy 32:17-19; Joshua 24:14; Nehemiah 9:18,21; Isaiah 43:23,24; Ezekiel 20:8,16,24; Hosea 9:9,10; Zechariah 7:5; Acts 7:42,43

Verse 26
But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiun your images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves.
the tabernacle of your Moloch
or, Siccuth your king.
Leviticus 18:21; 20:2-5; 1 Kings 11:33; 2 Kings 23:12,13
Milcom

Verse 27
Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus, saith the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.
beyond
2 Kings 15:29; 17:6; Acts 7:43
whose
4:13


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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Amos 5". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/tsk/view.cgi?book=am&chapter=005>.  

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