New International Version
buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.
King James Bible
That we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; yea, and sell the refuse of the wheat?
Darby Bible Translation
that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes; and that we may sell the refuse of the wheat.
World English Bible
that we may buy the poor for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes, and sell the sweepings with the wheat?'"
Young's Literal Translation
To purchase with money the poor, And the needy for a pair of sandals, Yea, the refuse of the pure corn we sell.
Amos 8:6 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
That we may buy the poor for silver - Buying their services for such a time, with just money enough to clear them from other creditors.
And the needy for a pair of shoes - See Amos 2:6.
And sell the refuse of the wheat! - Selling bad wheat and damaged flour to poor people as good, knowing that such cannot afford to prosecute them.
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'Thus hath the Lord God shewed unto me: and behold a basket of summer fruit. 2. And He said, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A basket of summer fruit. Then said the Lord unto me, The end is come upon My people of Israel; I will not again pass by them any more. 3. And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord God: there shall be many dead bodies in every place; they shall cast them forth with silence. 4. Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor …
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This is what the LORD says: "For three sins of Israel, even for four, I will not relent. They sell the innocent for silver, and the needy for a pair of sandals.
Proclaim to the fortresses of Ashdod and to the fortresses of Egypt: "Assemble yourselves on the mountains of Samaria; see the great unrest within her and the oppression among her people."
Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and say to your husbands, "Bring us some drinks!"
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