Amos 8:4
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New Living Translation
Listen to this, you who rob the poor and trample down the needy!

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

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,

Amos 8:4 Parallel
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Wesley's Notes on the Bible

8:4 To fail - Either to root them out, or to enslave them.

Amos 8:4 Parallel Commentaries

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The Evening Light
This chapter is an article written by the author many years after she had received light on the unity of the church. It will acquaint the reader with what is meant by the expression "evening light." "At evening time it shall be light." "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark: but it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light" (Zechariah 14:6,7). The expression
Mary Cole—Trials and Triumphs of Faith

Second Great Group of Parables.
(Probably in Peræa.) Subdivision D. Parable of the Lost Son. ^C Luke XV. 11-32. ^c 11 And he said, A certain man had two sons [These two sons represent the professedly religious (the elder) and the openly irreligious (the younger). They have special reference to the two parties found in the first two verses of this chapter --the Pharisees, the publicans and sinners]: 12 and the younger of them [the more childish and easily deceived] said to his father, Father, give me the portion of thy substance
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

The Figurative Language of Scripture.
1. When the psalmist says: "The Lord God is a sun and shield" (Psa. 84:11), he means that God is to all his creatures the source of life and blessedness, and their almighty protector; but this meaning he conveys under the figure of a sun and a shield. When, again, the apostle James says that Moses is read in the synagogues every Sabbath-day (Acts 15:21), he signifies the writings of Moses under the figure of his name. In these examples the figure lies in particular words. But it may be embodied
E. P. Barrows—Companion to the Bible

Concerning Christian Liberty
CHRISTIAN faith has appeared to many an easy thing; nay, not a few even reckon it among the social virtues, as it were; and this they do, because they have not made proof of it experimentally, and have never tasted of what efficacy it is. For it is not possible for any man to write well about it, or to understand well what is rightly written, who has not at some time tasted of its spirit, under the pressure of tribulation. While he who has tasted of it, even to a very small extent, can never write,
Martin Luther—First Principles of the Reformation

Cross References
Job 24:4
The poor are pushed off the path; the needy must hide together for safety.

Psalm 14:4
Will those who do evil never learn? They eat up my people like bread and wouldn't think of praying to the LORD.

Proverbs 30:14
They have teeth like swords and fangs like knives. They devour the poor from the earth and the needy from among humanity.

Ezekiel 45:10
Use only honest weights and scales and honest measures, both dry and liquid.

Amos 2:7
They trample helpless people in the dust and shove the oppressed out of the way. Both father and son sleep with the same woman, corrupting my holy name.

Amos 5:11
You trample the poor, stealing their grain through taxes and unfair rent. Therefore, though you build beautiful stone houses, you will never live in them. Though you plant lush vineyards, you will never drink wine from them.

Amos 5:12
For I know the vast number of your sins and the depth of your rebellions. You oppress good people by taking bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.

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