Amos 5:7
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New International Version
There are those who turn justice into bitterness and cast righteousness to the ground.

New Living Translation
You twist justice, making it a bitter pill for the oppressed. You treat the righteous like dirt.

English Standard Version
O you who turn justice to wormwood and cast down righteousness to the earth!

New American Standard Bible
For those who turn justice into wormwood And cast righteousness down to the earth."

King James Bible
Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those who turn justice into wormwood throw righteousness to the ground.

International Standard Version
Those of you who are making justice taste bitter, and who have thrown righteousness to the ground:

NET Bible
The Israelites turn justice into bitterness; they throw what is fair and right to the ground.

New Heart English Bible
You who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You, Israel, turn justice into poison and throw righteousness on the ground.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, And cast righteousness to the ground;

New American Standard 1977
For those who turn justice into wormwood
            And cast righteousness down to the earth.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye who turn judgment to wormwood and leave off doing righteousness in the earth,

King James 2000 Bible
You who turn justice to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,

American King James Version
You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,

American Standard Version
Ye who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth,

Douay-Rheims Bible
You that turn judgment into wormwood, and forsake justice in the land,

Darby Bible Translation
Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth,

English Revised Version
Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth;

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness on the earth,

World English Bible
You who turn justice to wormwood, and cast down righteousness to the earth:

Young's Literal Translation
Ye who are turning to wormwood judgment, And righteousness to the earth have put down,
Study Bible
A Call to Repentance
6"Seek the LORD that you may live, Or He will break forth like a fire, O house of Joseph, And it will consume with none to quench it for Bethel, 7For those who turn justice into wormwood And cast righteousness down to the earth." 8He who made the Pleiades and Orion And changes deep darkness into morning, Who also darkens day into night, Who calls for the waters of the sea And pours them out on the surface of the earth, The LORD is His name.…
Cross References
Proverbs 21:7
The violence of the wicked will drag them away, Because they refuse to act with justice.

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; Who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!

Hosea 10:4
They speak mere words, With worthless oaths they make covenants; And judgment sprouts like poisonous weeds in the furrows of the field.

Amos 2:3
"I will also cut off the judge from her midst And slay all her princes with him," says the LORD.

Amos 3:10
"But they do not know how to do what is right," declares the LORD, "these who hoard up violence and devastation in their citadels."

Amos 5:12
For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are great, You who distress the righteous and accept bribes And turn aside the poor in the gate.

Amos 6:12
Do horses run on rocks? Or does one plow them with oxen? Yet you have turned justice into poison And the fruit of righteousness into wormwood,
Treasury of Scripture

You who turn judgment to wormwood, and leave off righteousness in the earth,

turn.

Amos 5:11,12 For as much therefore as your treading is on the poor, and you take …

Amos 6:12 Shall horses run on the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for …

Deuteronomy 29:18 Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, …

Isaiah 1:23 Your princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves: every one …

Isaiah 5:7 For the vineyard of the LORD of hosts is the house of Israel, and …

Isaiah 10:1 Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness …

Isaiah 59:13,14 In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from …

Hosea 10:4 They have spoken words, swearing falsely in making a covenant: thus …

Habakkuk 1:12-14 Are you not from everlasting, O LORD my God, my Holy One? we shall …

leave.

Psalm 36:3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to …

Psalm 125:5 As for such as turn aside to their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead …

Ezekiel 3:20 Again, When a righteous man does turn from his righteousness, and …

Ezekiel 18:24 But when the righteous turns away from his righteousness, and commits …

Ezekiel 33:12,13,18 Therefore, you son of man, say to the children of your people…

Zephaniah 1:6 And them that are turned back from the LORD; and those that have …

(7) Is placed after Amos 5:9 by Ewald, since Amos 5:7-8 stand in the Heb. without any connecting-link. The holy thing "judgment" is perverted into the bitter thing "wormwood," that which is execrated.

Leave off.--Or rather, cast down righteousness to the earth, i.e., by false judgments and unjust decrees. Pusey sees here the analogue of the humiliation of the Holy One by wicked hands, when He was crowned with thorns, and fell beneath His cross.

Verse 7. - The prophet brings out the con-trust between Israel's moral corruption and God's omnipotence. Ye who turn judgment to wormwood. As Jerome puts it," Converterunt dulcedinem judicii in absinthii amaritudinem," "They turned the sweetness of judgment into the bitterness of absinth" (comp. Amos 6:12). Who make judgment the occasion of the bitterest injustice. There is no syntactical connection between this verse and the last, but virtually we may append it to "seek the Lord." It would sound in people's ears as a reminiscence of Deuteronomy 29:18, 20. The LXX. reads, ὁ ποιῶν εἰς ὕψος κρίμα. "that executeth judgment in the height," referring the sentence to the Lord, or else taking laanah, "wormwood," in a metaphorical sense, as elsewhere they translate it by ἀνάγκη πικρία, ὀδύνη (Deuteronomy 29:18; Proverbs 5:4; Jeremiah 9:15; Jeremiah 23:15). The name "wormwood" is applied to all the plants of the genus that grow in Palestine the taste of which was proverbially bitter. And leave off righteousness in the earth; rather, cast down righteousness to the earth (as Isaiah 28:2), despise it and trample it underfoot (comp. Daniel 8:12). This is Israel's practice; and yet God, as the next verse shows, is almighty, and has power to punish. Righteousness includes all transactions between man and man. The LXX. (still referring the subject to the Lord), καὶ δικαιοσύνην εἰς γῆν ἔθηκεν, "and he established righteousness on earth." Ye who turn judgment to wormwood,.... This seems to be spoken to kings and judges, as Aben Ezra and Kimchi observe; in whose hands is the administration of justice, and who often pervert it, as these did here addressed and complained of; that which was the most useful and salubrious, and so the most desirable to the commonwealth, namely, just judgment, was changed into the reverse, what was as bitter and as disagreeable as wormwood; or "hemlock", as it might be rendered, and as it is in Amos 6:12; even injustice:

and leave off righteousness in the earth; leave off doing it among men: or rather, "leave it on the earth" (c); who cast it down to the ground, trampled upon it, and there left it; which is expressive not only of their neglect, but of their contempt of it; see Daniel 8:12.

(c) "in terram prosterunt", Piscator; "justitiam in terram reliquerunt, i.e. humi prosternitis et deseritis", Mercerus; "collocantes humi", Junius & Tremellius. 7. turn judgment to wormwood—that is, pervert it to most bitter wrong. As justice is sweet, so injustice is bitter to the injured. "Wormwood" is from a Hebrew root, to "execrate," on account of its noxious and bitter qualities.

leave on righteousness in … earth—Maurer translates, "cast righteousness to the ground," as in Isa 28:2; Da 8:12.5:7-17 The same almighty power can, for repenting sinners, easily turn affliction and sorrow into prosperity and joy, and as easily turn the prosperity of daring sinners into utter darkness. Evil times will not bear plain dealing; that is, evil men will not. And these men were evil men indeed, when wise and good men thought it in vain even to speak to them. Those who will seek and love that which is good, may help to save the land from ruin. It behoves us to plead God's spiritual promises, to beseech him to create in us a clean heart, and to renew a right spirit within us. The Lord is ever ready to be gracious to the souls that seek him; and then piety and every duty will be attended to. But as for sinful Israel, God's judgments had often passed by them, now they shall pass through them.
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