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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Amos 2:9-16

Here, I. God puts his people Israel in mind of the great things he has done for them, in putting them into possession of the land of Canaan, the greatest part of which these ten tribes now enjoyed, Amos 2:9, 10. Note, We need often to be reminded of the mercies we have received, which are the heaviest aggravations of the sins we have committed. God gives liberally, and upbraids us not with our meanness and unworthiness, and the disproportion between his gifts and our merits; but he justly... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Amos 2:14

Therefore the flight shall perish from the swift ,.... They should be so straitened and cooped up, and be so loaded with pressures, that those, as swift of foot as Asahel, should not be able to make their escape by fleeing: and the strong shall not strengthen his force ; should not increase it, or muster it up, and exert it to such a degree, as to be able to defend and secure himself from the enemy: neither shall the mighty deliver himself ; "his soul" or "life"; a soldier, a man of... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Amos 2:14

The flight shall perish from the swift - The swiftest shall not be able to save himself from a swifter destruction. None, by might, by counsel, or by fleetness, shall be able to escape from the impending ruin. In a word, God has so fully determined to avenge the quarrel of his broken covenant, that all attempts to escape from his judgments shall be useless. read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Amos 2:14

Verse 14 I explained yesterday the verse, in which the Prophet says, in the name of God, that the people were like a grievous and heavy burden, as though they were a wagon laden with many sheaves. I stated that the Prophet’s words are differently explained by many interpreters, who give this view, — that God compares himself to a loaded wagon, under which the people were to be crushed. But no necessity constrains us to take the same verb in two senses, active and neuter, as they do; and then... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Amos 2:6-16

3. Summons and general denunciation of Israel for injustice, cruelty, incest, luxury, and idolatry. read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Amos 2:13-16

The wrath of outraged goodness. "A wounded spirit who can bear?" Even God will not bear it forevermore. A "base contempt of covenant mercies," exemplified here, may go too far. The limit of intelligent forbearance will be passed, and the pent-up vials of wrath restrained will be poured forth. I. THE CRUSHER . "Behold, I will press you down as the cart presses that is filled with sheaves" (Keil). This is a strong figure. God, in his retributive action, is compared not only to a... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Amos 2:14-16

Judgment inevitable. In the preceding verses there is observable an accumulation of human transgression and iniquity. And in these closing verses el the chapter the reader is equally struck with the rhetorical accumulation of figures intended to convey a deep impression of the inevitableness of retribution. I. A PICTURE OF HUMAN GREATNESS . Man has his own standard of greatness. The prophet piles up epithets to represent man's power. In vivid colours and in rapid succession... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Amos 2:14-16

Israel relied, against God, on his own strength. “Have we not,” they said, “taken to us horns by our own strength?” Amos 6:13. Amos tells them then, that every means of strength, resistance, flight, swiftness of foot, of horse, place of refuge, should fail them. Three times he repeats, as a sort of dirge, “he shall not deliver himself.”Therefore the flight shall perish - (Probably place of flight Job 11:20; Psalms 142:5; Jeremiah 25:35). They had despised God, as their “place of refuge” , so... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Amos 2:13-16

Amos 2:13-16. Behold I am pressed under you Your sins have quite tired out my patience, and I am weary with bearing them: compare Isaiah 43:24; Malachi 2:17. In this sense the clause is understood by the LXX. and Vulgate. The marginal reading, however, is preferred by many commentators. Archbishop Newcome renders the verse, Behold, I will press your place as a loaded corn-wain presseth its sheaves; and Secker observes, The next verse being joined to this by the connective particle ( ... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Amos 2:6-16

Judgment on Israel (2:6-16)Israel is corrupt, socially, morally and religiously. Judges and officials favour those who bribe them, with the result that the poor and the innocent receive unjust treatment. The rich lend to the poor, then take them as slaves when they cannot repay their debts, even though the debt may be as little as the price of a pair of sandals (6-7a).The wealthy seize the clothes of the poor as guarantees for the repayment of debts (even though the law of Moses prohibited the... read more

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