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


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."


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.

Amos 5:21-24

21 I hate, I despise your festivals,
   and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
22 Even though you offer me your burnt-offerings and grain-offerings,
   I will not accept them;
and the offerings of well-being of your fatted animals
   I will not look upon.
23 Take away from me the noise of your songs;
   I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
24 But let justice roll down like waters,
   and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

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