They gape over the head of the poor, in the [a]dust of the earth, and pervert the ways of the meek: and a man and his father will go in to a maid, to dishonor mine holy Name.

And they lie down upon clothes laid to pledge [b]by every altar: and they [c]drink the wine of the condemned in the house of their God.

Yet destroyed I the [d]Amorite before them, whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks: notwithstanding I destroyed his fruit from above, and his root from beneath.

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 2:7 When they have spoiled him and thrown him unto the ground, they gape for his life.
  2. Amos 2:8 Thinking by these ceremonies, that is, by sacrificing, and being near mine altar, they may excuse all their other wickedness.
  3. Amos 2:8 They spoil others and offer thereof unto God, thinking that he will dispense with them, when he is made partaker of their iniquity.
  4. Amos 2:9 The destruction of their enemies and his mercy toward them, should have caused their hearts to melt for love toward him.

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