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4:1 Hear this word, ye kine of Bashan, that are in the mountain of Samaria, which oppress the poor, which crush the needy, which say to their masters, Bring, and let us drink.
4:2 The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.
4:3 And ye shall go out at the breaches, every cow at that which is before her; and ye shall cast them into the palace, saith the LORD.
4:4 Come to Bethel, and transgress; at Gilgal multiply transgression; and bring your sacrifices every morning, and your tithes after three years: 4:5 And offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving with leaven, and proclaim and publish the free offerings: for this liketh you, O ye children of Israel, saith the Lord GOD.
4:6 And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
4:7 And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered.
4:8 So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
4:9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
4:10 I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
4:11 I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.
4:12 Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel.
4:13 For, lo, he that formeth the mountains, and createth the wind, and declareth unto man what is his thought, that maketh the morning darkness, and treadeth upon the high places of the earth, The LORD, The God of hosts, is his name.

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Everything King James Bible:Amos
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: Amos
Chapter: 4

Israel is reproved. (1-5) Their impenitence shown. (6-13)

1-5 What is got By extortion is commonly used to provide for
the Flesh, and to fulfil the lusts thereof. What is got By
oppression cannot be enjoyed with satisfaction. How miserable
are those whose confidence in unscriptural observances only
prove that they believe a Lie! Let us see to it that our Faith,
Hope, and Worship, are warranted By the Divine Word.

6-13 See the folly of Carnal hearts; they wander from one
Creature to another, seeking for something to satisfy, and
labour for that which satisfies not; yet, after all, they will
not incline their Ear to Him in whom they might find all they
can want. Preaching the Gospel is as Rain, and every thing
withers where this Rain is wanting. It were Well if people were
as Wise for their souls as they are for their bodies; and, when
they have not this Rain near, would go and seek it where it is
to be had. As the Israelites persisted in rebellion and
Idolatry, the Lord was coming against them as an Adversary. Ere
long, we must meet our God in Judgment; but we shall not be able
to stand before him, if he tries us according to our doings. If
we would prepare to meet our God with comfort, at the awful
period of his coming, we must now meet him in Christ Jesus, the
eternal Son of the Father, who came to save lost sinners. We
must seek him while he is to be found.

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