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They took clothes from the poor, and then they sat on those clothes while worshiping at their altars. They loaned money to the poor, and then they took their clothes as a promise for payment.[a] They made people pay fines and used the money to buy wine for themselves to drink in the temple of their god.

“But it was I who destroyed the Amorites[b] before them. They were as tall as cedar trees and as strong as oaks, but I destroyed their fruit above and their roots below.[c]

10 “I was the one who brought you from the land of Egypt. For 40 years I led you through the desert. I helped you take the Amorites’ land.

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Footnotes

  1. Amos 2:8 as a promise for payment. See Deut. 24:12-13 for the rules about making loans to the poor.
  2. Amos 2:9 Amorites One of the nations who lived in Canaan before the Israelites came. They were the people who scared the Israelites while Moses was leading them in the desert. See Num. 13:33.
  3. Amos 2:9 fruit above … below This means the parents and their children.

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