F2 N 5:1,2. Lamentation. O1 t1 5:3. Threatening. u1 5:4-6-. Exhortation. "Seek Him." t2 5:-6. Threatening. O2 t3 5:7. Incrimination. u2 5:8,9. Exhortation. "Seek Him." t4 5:10,11-. Incrimination. O3 t5 5:-11-13. Threatening. u3 5:14,15. Exhortation. "Seek Good." t6 5:16,17. Threatening. N 5:18-6:14. Lamentation.
1 Hear you this word which I lift up as a burden over you, even a dirge (funeral song), O house of Israel. (See 3:1.)
2 The virgin (put for the house of Israel, a young girl who is beloved, as in Hosea. Cp. Isa. 37:22; 47:1. Jer. 14:17;46:11,&c.) of Israel is fallen (because she followed false Jesus); and she shall no more rise: she is forsaken upon her soil; there is none to raise her up. (Cp. Matt. 25:1-13.)
3 For thus says the Lord GOD (Adonai Yehovah); 'The city that goes out [to war] a thousand fold shall leave an hundred, and that which went forth a hundred fold shall leave ten, [belonging] to the house of Israel.' (God's elect. They were patient and took the time to study God's Word.)
4 For thus says the LORD to the house of Israel, 'Seek you Me (Ref. Deut. 12:5. As in Ps. 9:10. Isa. 9:13. Jer. 10:21. Hos. 10:12. Zeph. 1:6), and you shall live: (Ref. Lev. 18:5. Deut. 30:19. Cp. Isa. 55:3.)
5 But seek not Beth-el, nor enter into Gilgal, and pass not through to Beer-sheba (which was necessary in order to get from the north to Beer-sheba in the south. Cp. 4:4; 8:14. These 3 cities cp. Hos. 4:15; 10:8. These were the seats of Israel's idolatrous worship. Beer-sheba = 7 wells of the oath, like the 7 trumps of Revelation): for Gilgal shall surely go into captivity, and Beth-el shall come to naught. (True prophets no longer there.)
6 Seek the LORD, and you shall live;
lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph (put for the whole northern kingdom), and devour it, and there be none to quench it in Beth-el. (Because of the traditions of men.)
7 You who turn judgment (can be good or bad) to wormwood (= bitterness. Ref. Deut. 29:18), and cast down righteousness to the earth,
8 Seek Him that makes the seven stars (Heb. kimah = cluster. Modern name, the Pleiades. See Job 9:9; 38:31,31. Cp. Isa. 13:10) and Orion (Heb. kesel = rigidity, strength; from kesalim = loins [Job. 15:27]: hence "confidence" derived from strength [Job 8:14; 31:24. Ps. 78:7. Prov. 3:26. In the Denderah Zodiac his name is oar, from Heb. root 'Or = light: hence the Glorious One. Cp. Job 9:9;38:31), and turns the shadow of death (Heb. tzalmaveth) into the morning, and makes the day dark with night (cp. Ps. 104:20): that calls for the waters of the sea, and pours them out upon the face of the earth: The LORD is His name: (With all these troubles what is our weapon? He is, it is Him! He will see you through any adversity, even the Adversary, Satan, himself.)
9 That makes destruction to come suddenly to flash upon the strong, and destruction will come against the fortress. (The Assyrian is about ready.)
10 They hate the reprover (good people) in the gate (i.e. before the judge), and they abhor him that speaks truthfully. (The truth hurts. They hate the truth.)
11 Forasmuch therefore as your treading is upon an impoverished one, and you take from him exaction of wheat: (Tax him.)
you have built houses of hewn stone (see Deut. 28:30,39), but you shall not dwell in them; you have planted vineyards of desire, but you shall not drink wine of them. (Because it is the One World System headed by the false Messiah, Satan.)
12 For I know your manifold transgressions and your mighty sins: oppressors [as you are] of a righteous one, they take a bribe (ref. Num. 35:31,32. Lobbying brings morals down), and they turn aside needy ones (cp. 2:7. Isa. 29:21) in the gate from their right.
13 Therefore the prudent shall keep silence in that time; for it is a time of calamity. (Cp. Prov. 28:12,28. Cp. Matt. 5:26.)
14 Seek good (be wise, takes action on your part), and not evil, that you may live: and so the LORD, the God of hosts, shall be with you, according as you have claimed. (Cp. Mic. 3:11.)
15 Hate the evil, and love the good, and establish judgment in the gate (honest courts. Cp. Pss. 34:14; 97:10. Rom. 12:9. This concludes the last of the 3 exhortations): it may be (cp. Ex. 32:30. 2 Kings 19:4. Joel 2:14) that the LORD God of hosts will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph. (Put for the whole of the northern kingdom.)
16 Therefore the LORD, the God of hosts, the LORD, says thus; "Wailing shall be in all open places (funeral march); and they shall say in all the highways, 'Alas! alas!' and they shall call the husbandman (farmers) to mourning, and such as are skillful of lamentation to wailing. (I.e the professional mourners. Cp. 2 Chron. 35:25. Ecc. 12:5. Jer. 9:17.)
17 And in all vineyards shall be wailing: for I will pass through you," says the LORD. (Ref. Ex. 12:12. He can also bless when passing through.)
N P1 5:18-27. The 1st Woe. Presumption, &c. P2 6:1-14. The 2nd Woe. Security, &c.
P1 w 18-. Incrimination. Presumption. x -18-20. Threatening. Darkness. w 21-26. Incrimination. Idolatry. x 27. Threatening. Captivity.
18 Woe (the 1st woe) to you that desire the day of the LORD! (See Isa. 2:12; 13:6. Joel 2:1) to what end is it for you? (Those that don't know the true Lord. Those in ignorance.)
the day of the LORD is darkness, and not light. (Cp. Jer. 30:7. Joel 2:2. Zeph. 1:15. Truth is not in the house. They were taken by the false Christ.)
19 As if a man did flee from the mouth of a lion, and a bear met him (a Syrian bear is fiercer than a lion [Dan. 7:5. Cp. 2 Kings 2:24. Lam. 3:10); or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.
20 Shall not the day of the LORD be darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it? (Not real day, fake day.)
21 I hate, I despise your feast days (cp. Prov. 21:27. Isa. 1:11-14. Jer. 6:20. example - "Easter"), and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies. (Ref. Lev. 23:36. Num. 29:35. Deut. 16:8.)
22 Though you offer up to Me burnt offerings and your meat offerings, I will not accept them (see Lev. 1;4): neither will I regard the peace offerings of your fat beasts. (They were offered at the wrong time.)
23 Take you away from Me the noise of your songs; for I will not hear the melody of your lutes. (See Ezek. 13:16-22.)
24 But let judgment roll on as waters, and righteousness as an inexhaustible stream. (Teach what is right)
25 Have you offered to Me sacrifices and offerings in the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel? (Answer - no! They were fat-cats, Jesurun.)
26 But borne aloft the booth of your Moloch (fire) and Chiun (they worshiped demons there) your images, the star (Saturn - Satan's planet) of your god, which you made to yourselves.
27 Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity beyond Damascus," (it will happen again. In Acts 7:43 beyond Babylon, which was of course "beyond Damascus", and included it, showing what was in the Divine purpose in the words of Yahaveh [v.27] by Amos. Moreover, the road to Assyria lay through Damascus. Cp. 2 Kings 15:29; 16:9. Isa. 8:4. Amos 3:12. May not the Holy Spirit quote and adapt His own words as He pleases?) has said the LORD, whose name is The God of hosts.