Amos 8:4
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New International Version
Hear this, you who trample the needy and do away with the poor of the land,

New Living Translation
Listen to this, you who rob the poor and trample down the needy!

English Standard Version
Hear this, you who trample on the needy and bring the poor of the land to an end,

New American Standard Bible
Hear this, you who trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land,

King James Bible
Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Hear this, you who trample on the needy and do away with the poor of the land,

International Standard Version
"Hear this, you who are swallowing up the needy, who intend to make the poor of the land fail,

NET Bible
Listen to this, you who trample the needy, and do away with the destitute in the land.

New Heart English Bible
Hear this, you who desire to swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Listen to this, those who trample on the needy and ruin those who are oppressed in the world.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Hear this, O ye that would swallow the needy, And destroy the poor of the land,

New American Standard 1977
Hear this, you who trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, and cut off the poor of the land,

King James 2000 Bible
Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

American King James Version
Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

American Standard Version
Hear this, O ye that would swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Hear this, you that crush the poor, and make the needy of the land to fail,

Darby Bible Translation
Hear this, ye that pant after the needy, even to cause to fail the poor of the land,

English Revised Version
Hear this, O ye that would swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail,

Webster's Bible Translation
Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

World English Bible
Hear this, you who desire to swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail,

Young's Literal Translation
Hear this, ye who are swallowing up the needy, To cause to cease the poor of the land,
Study Bible
The Basket of Ripe Fruit
3"The songs of the palace will turn to wailing in that day," declares the Lord GOD. "Many will be the corpses; in every place they will cast them forth in silence." 4Hear this, you who trample the needy, to do away with the humble of the land, 5saying, "When will the new moon be over, So that we may sell grain, And the sabbath, that we may open the wheat market, To make the bushel smaller and the shekel bigger, And to cheat with dishonest scales,…
Cross References
Job 24:4
"They push the needy aside from the road; The poor of the land are made to hide themselves altogether.

Psalm 14:4
Do all the workers of wickedness not know, Who eat up my people as they eat bread, And do not call upon the Lord?

Proverbs 30:14
There is a kind of man whose teeth are like swords And his jaw teeth like knives, To devour the afflicted from the earth And the needy from among men.

Ezekiel 45:10
"You shall have just balances, a just ephah and a just bath.

Amos 2:7
"These who pant after the very dust of the earth on the head of the helpless Also turn aside the way of the humble; And a man and his father resort to the same girl In order to profane My holy name.

Amos 5:11
Therefore because you impose heavy rent on the poor And exact a tribute of grain from them, Though you have built houses of well-hewn stone, Yet you will not live in them; You have planted pleasant vineyards, yet you will not drink their wine.

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.

Micah 2:2
They covet fields and then seize them, And houses, and take them away. They rob a man and his house, A man and his inheritance.
Treasury of Scripture

Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

Hear.

Amos 7:16 Now therefore hear you the word of the LORD: You say, Prophesy not …

1 Kings 22:19 And he said, Hear you therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD …

Isaiah 1:10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law …

Isaiah 28:14 Why hear the word of the LORD, you scornful men, that rule this people …

Jeremiah 5:21 Hear now this, O foolish people, and without understanding; which …

Jeremiah 28:15 Then said the prophet Jeremiah to Hananiah the prophet, Hear now, …

swallow.

Amos 2:6 Thus said the LORD; For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, …

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

Psalm 12:5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now …

Psalm 14:4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people …

Psalm 56:1 Be merciful to me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting …

Psalm 140:12 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and …

Proverbs 30:14 There is a generation, whose teeth are as swords, and their jaw teeth …

Isaiah 32:6,7 For the vile person will speak villainy, and his heart will work …

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

James 5:6 You have condemned and killed the just; and he does not resist you.

(4) Ye that swallow up . . .--Better, ye that pant (or are greedy) for the very ashes on their heads.

Make . . . to fail.--Literally, make . . . to cease: i.e., destroy.

Verse 4. - The prophet, by admonishing the grandees of their iniquities, which they will not cast away, shows how ripe they are for judgment. That swallow up; better, that pant after (Amos 2:6, 7), like a beast after its prey, eager to devour. Even to make the poor of the land to fail; and cause the meek of the land to fail. They grasp at the property of the unresisting poor, adding field to field, and impoverishing them in various ways, to root them out of the land. Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy,.... Like a man that pants after a draught of water when thirsty; and, when he has got it, greedily swallows it down at one gulp; so these rich men swallowed up the poor, their labours, gains, and profits, and persons too; got all into their own hands, and made them bondsmen and slaves to them; see Amos 2:7; these are called upon to hear this dreadful calamity threatened, and to consider what then would become of them and their ill gotten riches; and suggesting, that their oppression of the needy was one cause of this destruction of the land:

even to make the poor of the land to fail; or "cease" (a); to die for want of the necessaries of life, being obliged to such hard labour; so unmercifully used, their faces ground, and pinched with necessity; and so sadly paid for their work, that they could not live by it.

(a) "ad cessare faciendum", Mercerus; "et facitis cessare", Munster, Drusius. 4. Hear—The nobles needed to be urged thus, as hating to hear reproof.

swallow up the needy—or, "gape after," that is, pant for their goods; so the word is used, Job 7:2, Margin.

to make the poor … to fail—"that they (themselves) may be placed alone in the midst of the earth" (Isa 5:8).8:4-10 The rich and powerful of the land were the most guilty of oppression, as well as the foremost in idolatry. They were weary of the restraints of the sabbaths and the new moons, and wished them over, because no common work might be done therein. This is the character of many who are called Christians. The sabbath day and sabbath work are a burden to carnal hearts. It will either be profaned or be accounted a dull day. But can we spend our time better than in communion with God? When employed in religious services, they were thinking of marketings. They were weary of holy duties, because their worldly business stood still the while. Those are strangers to God, and enemies to themselves, who love market days better than sabbath days, who would rather be selling corn than worshipping God. They have no regard to man: those who have lost the savour of piety, will not long keep the sense of common honesty. They cheat those they deal with. They take advantage of their neighbour's ignorance or necessity, in a traffic which nearly concerns the labouring poor. Could we witness the fraud and covetousness, which, in such numerous forms, render trading an abomination to the Lord, we should not wonder to see many dealers backward in the service of God. But he who thus despises the poor, reproaches his Maker; as it regards Him, rich and poor meet together. Riches that are got by the ruin of the poor, will bring ruin on those that get them. God will remember their sin against them. This speaks the case of such unjust, unmerciful men, to be miserable indeed, miserable for ever. There shall be terror and desolation every where. It shall come upon them when they little think of it. Thus uncertain are all our creature-comforts and enjoyments, even life itself; in the midst of life we are in death. What will be the wailing in the bitter day which follows sinful and sensual pleasures!
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