Amos 5:24
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New International Version
But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!

New Living Translation
Instead, I want to see a mighty flood of justice, an endless river of righteous living.

English Standard Version
But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

New American Standard Bible
"But let justice roll down like waters And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

King James Bible
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But let justice flow like water, and righteousness, like an unfailing stream."

International Standard Version
"But let justice roll on like many waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing river.

NET Bible
Justice must flow like torrents of water, righteous actions like a stream that never dries up.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But let justice flow like a river and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

King James 2000 Bible
But let justice run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

American King James Version
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

American Standard Version
But let justice roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But judgment shall be revealed as water, and justice as a mighty torrent.

Darby Bible Translation
but let judgment roll down as waters, and righteousness as an ever-flowing stream.

English Revised Version
But let judgment roll down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

Webster's Bible Translation
But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

World English Bible
But let justice roll on like rivers, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Young's Literal Translation
And roll on as waters doth judgment, And righteousness as a perennial stream.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:18-27 Woe unto those that desire the day of the Lord's judgments, that wish for times of war and confusion; as some who long for changes, hoping to rise upon the ruins of their country! but this should be so great a desolation, that nobody could gain by it. The day of the Lord will be a dark, dismal, gloomy day to all impenitent sinners. When God makes a day dark, all the world cannot make it light. Those who are not reformed by the judgments of God, will be pursued by them; if they escape one, another stands ready to seize them. A pretence of piety is double iniquity, and so it will be found. The people of Israel copied the crimes of their forefathers. The law of worshipping the Lord our God, is, Him only we must serve. Professors thrive so little, because they have little or no communion with God in their duties. They were led captive by Satan into idolatry, therefore God caused them to go into captivity among idolaters.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 24. - But let judgment run down as waters; let judgment roll on; Septuagint, καὶ κυλισθήσεται ὡς ὕδωρ κρίμα, "and judgment shall roll along as water." Et revelabitur quasi aqua judicium (Vulgate). This verse has been explained in different ways. Hitzig, Keil, with many ancient commentators, find in it a threat of chastisement, "the flooding of the land with judgment and the punitive righteousness of God." Pusey, Professor Gandell, and others consider it to be a call to amendment. "He bids them let judgment, which had hitherto been perverted in its course, roll on like a mighty tide of waters, sweeping before it all hindrances," filling the whole land with righteousness. Schegg makes it to be a promise of the coming of the day of the Lord, that is, the revelation of Messiah. But such a promise in this position is very forced and unnatural. The second interpretation seems most suitable. In the midst of the denunciation of men's formal worship, the prophet announces their duty in the present crisis, attention to which could alone win God's favour. Judgment and righteousness, long neglected and forgotten, should permeate the land like refreshing streams of water - a simile of special signification to an inhabitant of an Eastern country, where the neighbourhood of a perennial stream was as delightful as it was unusual. Mighty (ethan); ἄβατος, "impassable" (Septuagint); fortis (Vulgate). The word may mean "strong," or "perennial." "Whence the seventh month, just before the early rain, was called the month Ethanim, i.e. the month of the perennial streams, when they alone flowed" (Pusey).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But let judgments run down as waters,.... Or "roll" (o); in abundance, with great rapidity, bearing down all before them, which nothing can resist; signifying the plenty of justice done in the land, the full and free exercise of it, without any stoppage or intermission:

and righteousness as a mighty stream; the same thing expressed in different words; though some think that not the execution of judgment and justice by men is here exhorted to, but the vindictive justice of God is threatened; which like a mighty torrent of water should come down, overwhelm, bear away, and destroy all before it, even all the transgressors in Israel.

(o) "volvatur", Munster, Mercerus, Liveleus, Drusius; "volvat se", Montanus, Vatablus; "revolvet se", Piscator; "provolvatur", Cocceius.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

24. judgment—justice.

run down—literally, "roll," that is, flow abundantly (Isa 48:18). Without the desire to fulfil righteousness in the offerer, the sacrifice is hateful to God (1Sa 15:22; Ps 66:18; Ho 6:6; Mic 6:8).

Amos 5:24 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Coming Judgment
23"Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps. 24"But let justice roll down like waters And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. 25"Did you present Me with sacrifices and grain offerings in the wilderness for forty years, O house of Israel?…
Cross References
Isaiah 48:18
If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your well-being like the waves of the sea.

Jeremiah 22:3
This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.

Ezekiel 45:9
"'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: You have gone far enough, princes of Israel! Give up your violence and oppression and do what is just and right. Stop dispossessing my people, declares the Sovereign LORD.

Amos 5:23
Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.

Micah 6:8
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
Treasury of Scripture

But let judgment run down as waters, and righteousness as a mighty stream.

let.

Amos 5:7,14,15 You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth…

Job 29:12-17 Because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and …

Proverbs 21:3 To do justice and judgment is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God …

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require …

Mark 12:32-34 And the scribe said to him, Well, Master, you have said the truth: …

run. Heb. roll.

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