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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Amos 5:4-15

This is a message from God to the house of Israel, in which, I. They are told of their faults, that they might see what occasion there was for them to repent and reform, and that, when they were called to return, they might not need to ask, Wherein shall we return? 1. God tells them, in general (Amos 5:12), ?I know your manifold transgressions, and your mighty sins; and you shall be made to know them too.? In our penitent reflections upon our sins we must consider, as God does in his judicial... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Amos 5:8

Seek him that maketh the seven stars ,.... Which some connect with the preceding words, without a supplement, "they leave righteousness on the ground, who maketh the seven stars"; understanding it of Christ, the Lord our righteousness, who is made unto us righteousness, whom the Jews rejected and despised, though the Maker of the heavens and the constellations in them. Some continue, and supply the words thus, and remember not him "that maketh the seven stars", as Kimchi; or forget him, as... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Amos 5:8

That maketh the seven stars and Orion - Or, Hyades and Arcturus, Kimah and Kesil. See my notes on Job 9:9 ; Job 38:32 , where the subject of this verse is largely considered. Turneth the shadow of death into the morning - Who makes day and night, light and darkness. Calleth for the waters of the sea - Raising them up by evaporation, and collecting them into clouds. And poureth them out - Causing them to drop down in showers upon the face of the earth. Who has done this?... read more

John Calvin

John Calvin's Commentary on the Bible - Amos 5:8

Verse 8 Some interpreters connect this verse with the former, and think that what the Prophet had said before is here explained; but they are greatly mistaken, and misrepresent the meaning of the Prophet. We have indeed said, that the Prophet shows in that verse that the Israelites were not only perfidious and covenant-breakers with regard to God, having fallen away from his pure worship, but that they also acted iniquitously and dishonestly towards men: but these interpreters think that God... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Amos 5:7-9

The Lord of the universe. The herdsman of Tekoah was a true poet. His eyes were open to the beauty and to the splendour of nature; and his heart felt the presence of the Unseen and Eternal in all the works of his hands, in all his providential arrangements. More than this, the moral character and rule of the Omnipotent were very present and very real to him; he felt the force of the appeal made to the spiritual nature of man, and calling for a life of religious faith, of practical... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Amos 5:7-13

The contrast presaging the conflict. Judgment is coming. Warning has been given. Duty, and the prevailing derelictions of it, have been pointed out. Here God's perfections and Israel's iniquities are set in juxtaposition, and the co]location is suggestive. Such incompatibility must lead to collision. It is by God's character and ours that our mutual relations and attitudes are shaped. We see here— I. GOD REVEALING HIMSELF . ( Amos 5:8 , Amos 5:9 .) God's work is an important... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Amos 5:8

Striking instances are given of God's creative power and omnipotence. Seek him that maketh the seven stars. "Seek him" is not in the Hebrew. "He that maketh," etc; is in direct antithesis to "ye who turn," etc. ( Amos 5:7 ). The seven stars ; Hebrew, kimah, "the heap," the constellation of the Pleiades ( Job 9:9 ; Job 38:31 ). The Septuagint here has, ὁ ποιῶν πάντα , but in Job has πλειάς . The Vulgate gives, facientem Arcturum. Symmachus and Theodotion give πλειάδα in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Amos 5:8

The message of the stars. "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," This recognition of God amidst the phenomena of nature is characteristic of Amos. He looked on the Pleiades and Orion, as they shone radiantly in the heavens, changeless in their relations, calm amidst human vicissitudes,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Amos 5:8-9

The glory of religion. "Seek him that maketh the seven stars and Orion, and turneth the shadow of death into the morning," etc. The word reveals two things. I. THE CONNECTION WHICH GOD HAS WITH HIS UNIVERSE . His connection is that: 1 . Of a Creator . "He maketh the seven stars and Orion." These constellations are only given as specimens of all the things he has created in different parts of the universe. "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth." ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Amos 5:8

Seek Him that maketh the seven stars - Misbelief effaces the thought of God as He Is. It retains the name God, but means something quite different from the One True God. So people spoke of “the Deity,” as a sort of First Cause of all things, and did not perceive that they only meant to own that this fair harmony of things created was not (at least as it now exists,) self-existent, and that they had lost sight of the Personal God who had made known to them His Will, whom they were to believe in,... read more

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