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Amos 5:7


The Israelites 1  turn justice into bitterness; 2  they throw what is fair and right 3  to the ground. 4 


De 29:18; Ps 36:3; Ps 125:5; Isa 1:23; Isa 5:7; Isa 10:1; Isa 59:13,14; Eze 3:20; Eze 18:24; Eze 33:12,13,18; Ho 10:4; Am 5:11,12; Am 6:12; Hab 1:12-14; Zep 1:6

NET © Notes

tn Heb “Those who”; the referent (the Israelites) has been specified in the translation for clarity. In light of vv. 11-13, it is also possible that the words are directed at a more limited group within the nation – those with social and economic power.

tn There is an interesting wordplay here with the verb הָפַךְ (hafakh, “overturn, turn”). Israel “turns” justice into wormwood (cf. 6:12), while the Lord “turns” darkness into morning (v. 8; cf. 4:11; 8:10). Israel’s turning is for evil, whereas the Lord’s is to demonstrate his absolute power and sovereignty.

tn Heb “they throw righteousness.”

sn In v. 7 the prophet begins to describe the guilty Israelites, but then interrupts his word picture with a parenthetical, but powerful, description of the judge they must face (vv. 8-9). He resumes his description of the sinners in v. 10.

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