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Passage: Amos 5:21-24

Amos 5:21-24 – Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters

Summary

Amos announces that God hates the people's "festivals" and "will not accept" their offerings. Rather: "Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an everflowing stream."

Analysis

The festivals of the Israelite year were Passover, Weeks, and Booths (similar in importance to Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost for Christians). Amos announces that God is so angry because of the suffering that some of the people are causing to others, that God will not accept offerings given at the major festivals of the year. Instead, God wants justice and righteousness from the people.