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moving quickly[a] to rub the face[b] of the needy in the dirt.
Corrupting[c] the ways of the humble,
    a man and his father go to the same woman,
        deliberately defiling my holy name.
They lay down beside every altar,
    on garments pledged as collateral,[d]
drinking wine paid for through fines
    imposed by the temple of their gods.
Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorites in front of them,
    though their height seemed like a cedar,[e]
    though their strength seemed like an oak,
but whose fruit I destroyed from above
    and the roots from beneath.

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  1. Amos 2:7 Lit. They chase
  2. Amos 2:7 Lit. head
  3. Amos 2:7 Lit. turning aside
  4. Amos 2:8 I.e. violating Deut 24:10-13 in addition to idolatry
  5. Amos 2:9 I.e. a genus of coniferous evergreen in the family Pinaceae

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