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.