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Exegetical Essay On Amos 5:18-24
10836
OT202 Prophets
BA Hons, in Theology
Reverend D. Porter

Introduction
This paper will offer a biblical exegesis on the following text: Amos 5:18-24, which will center on the theme “The Day of The Lord”. Amos is one of many Old Testament Minor Prophets, among other Minor Prophets such as Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi. The prophecies in Amos center around the social and economic state of the northern kingdom at a place named Bethel. The major themes in Amos are listed as follows; An end is coming, there are good reasons for that end and Yahweh will cause the termination of Israel.  
The conclusion of this exegetical process will seek to offer clarity about the meaning of theme stated above, and consider what it may mean for us today. The scripture that will be given much attention reads:
Alas for you who desire the day of the Lord!
Why do you want the day of the Lord?
It is darkness, not light;
as if some fled from a lion,
and was met by a bear;
Or went into the house and rested a hand against the wall,
and was bitten by a snake.
Is not the day of the Lord darkness, not light,
and gloom with no brightness in it?

I hate, I despise your festivals,
and I take no delight in your solemn assemblies.
Even though you offer me your burnt-offering and grain-offerings,
I will not accept them;
And the offerings of well-being of your fatted animal
I will not look upon.

Take away from me the noise of your songs,
I will not listen to the melody of your harps.
But let justice roll down like waters,
And righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.

Textual Issues

It is generally accepted that in the book of Amos its structure projects three different categories; the oracles against the nations located in chapter 1-2, a series of judgement speeches against Israel in 3-6, and in the final three chapters 7-9 are a group of vision reports culminating with an oracle of salvation.
Thomas J. Finley points observes...

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