Amos 5:7
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!

Berean Study Bible
You who turn justice into wormwood and cast righteousness to the ground—

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,

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

Contemporary English Version
You people are doomed! You twist the truth and trample on justice.

Good News Translation
You are doomed, you that twist justice and cheat people out of their rights!

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,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
It is he that executes judgment in the height above, and he has established justice on 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
6Seek the LORD and live, or He will spread like fire through the house of Joseph; it will devour everything, with no one at Bethel to extinguish it. 7You who turn justice into wormwood and cast righteousness to the ground— 8He who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns darkness into dawn and darkens day into night, who summons the waters of the sea and pours them over the face of the earth, the LORD is His name.…
Cross References
Proverbs 21:7
The violence of the wicked will sweep them away because they refuse to do what is just.

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who turn darkness to light and light to darkness, who replace bitter with sweet and sweet with bitter.

Hosea 10:4
They speak mere words; with false oaths they make covenants. So judgment springs up like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field.

Amos 2:3
I will cut off the ruler from its midst and kill all the officials with him," says the LORD.

Amos 3:10
For they know not how to do right--declares the LORD--those who store up violence and destruction in their citadels.'"

Amos 5:12
For I know your transgressions are many and your sins are innumerable. You oppress the righteous, taking bribes, and depriving the poor of justice at the gates.

Amos 6:12
"Do horses gallop on the cliffs? Does one plow the sea with oxen? But 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
Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon the poor, and ye take from him burdens of wheat: ye have built houses of hewn stone, but ye shall not dwell in them; ye have planted pleasant vineyards, but ye shall not drink wine of them…

Amos 6:12
Shall horses run upon the rock? will one plow there with oxen? for ye have turned judgment into gall, and the fruit of righteousness into hemlock:

Deuteronomy 29:18
Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the LORD our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood;

leave.

Psalm 36:3
The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he hath left off to be wise, and to do good.

Psalm 125:5
As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.

Ezekiel 3:20
Again, When a righteous man doth turn from his righteousness, and commit iniquity, and I lay a stumblingblock before him, he shall die: because thou hast not given him warning, he shall die in his sin, and his righteousness which he hath done shall not be remembered; but his blood will I require at thine hand.







Lexicon
You who turn
הַהֹפְכִ֥ים (ha·hō·p̄ə·ḵîm)
Article | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2015: To turn about, over, to change, overturn, return, pervert

justice
מִשְׁפָּ֑ט (miš·pāṭ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style

into wormwood
לְלַעֲנָ֖ה (lə·la·‘ă·nāh)
Preposition-l | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3939: Wormwood

and cast
הִנִּֽיחוּ׃ (hin·nî·ḥū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 3240: Bestow, cast down, lay down, up, leave off, let alone remain, pacify, place,

righteousness
וּצְדָקָ֖ה (ū·ṣə·ḏā·qāh)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6666: Rightness, subjectively, objectively

to the ground—
לָאָ֥רֶץ (lā·’ā·reṣ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land
(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." 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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