BIBLE: Amos Chapter 5 – Headline “Unscrambling Gevoilod”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Amos 5:

  • Explanation of the Headline: What is a “Gevoilod”? It is someone who cannot discern good from evil. A Gevoilod consists of the letters of the words “good” and “evil” scrambled together. Amos comments on our made up word “gevoilod”. This concept is also found when God sends Jonah to Ninevah:
    Jonah 4:11 And should I not pity Nineveh, that great city, in which are more than one hundred and twenty thousand persons who cannot discern between their right hand (good) and their left (evil)—and much livestock? (which would have been destroyed)”

A Lament for Israel

Amos 5:1 Hear this word which I take up against you, a lamentation, O house of Israel:
Amos 5:The virgin of Israel has fallen;
She will rise no more.
She lies forsaken on her land;
There is no one to raise her up.
Amos 5:For thus says the Lord God (‘ăḏōnāy yᵊhōvâ):
  • Note: YHWH, yᵊhōvâ, Yahweh, and Jehova are all the same name of God with different pronunciations.
    The divine name was regarded as too sacred to be uttered; replaced by the Hebrew word Adonai (“My Lord”) from which ‘ăḏōnāy is derived. In this verse they are used together.
“The city that goes out by a thousand
Shall have a hundred left,
And that which goes out by a hundred
Shall have ten left to the house of Israel.”
  • Ten percent, a tithe, a remnant.

A Call to Repentance

Amos 5:For thus says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) to the house of Israel:
“Seek Me and live;
Amos 5:But do not seek Bethel,
Nor enter Gilgal,
Nor pass over to Beersheba;
For Gilgal shall surely go into captivity,
And Bethel shall come to nothing.
Amos 5:Seek the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) and live,
Lest He break out like fire in the house of Joseph,
And devour it,
With no one to quench it in Bethel—
Amos 5:You who turn justice to wormwood,
And lay righteousness to rest in the earth!”
  • “Neither justice nor righteousness can be found in the heart of an evil man even if one searches for it.” ~BG
Amos 5:He made the Pleiades and Orion;
He turns the shadow of death into morning
And makes the day dark as night;
He calls for the waters of the sea
And pours them out on the face of the earth;
The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) is His name.
Amos 5:He rains ruin (Or flashes forth destruction) upon the strong,
So that fury comes upon the fortress.
Amos 5:10 They hate the one who rebukes in the gate,
And they abhor the one who speaks uprightly.
Amos 5:11 Therefore, because you tread down (trample) the poor
And take grain taxes (Or tribute) from him,
Though you have built houses of hewn stone,
Yet you shall not dwell in them;
You have planted pleasant (desirable) vineyards,
But you shall not drink wine from them.
Amos 5:12 For I know your manifold transgressions
And your mighty sins:
Afflicting the just and taking bribes;
Diverting the poor from justice at the gate.
Amos 5:13 Therefore the prudent keep silent at that time,
For it is an evil time.
Amos 5:14 Seek good and not evil,
That you may live;
So the Lord God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm) of hosts will be with you,
As you have spoken.
Amos 5:15 Hate evil, love good;
Establish justice in the gate.
It may be that the Lord God of hosts (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm ṣāḇā’)
Will be gracious to the remnant of Joseph.

The Day of the Lord

Amos 5:16 Therefore the Lord God of hosts(Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm ṣāḇā’), the Lord(‘ăḏōnāy), says this:
There shall be wailing in all streets,
And they shall say in all the highways,
‘Alas! Alas!’
They shall call the farmer to mourning,
And skillful lamenters to wailing.
Amos 5:17 In all vineyards there shall be wailing,
For I will pass through you,” (in The Day of the Lord)
Says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).
Amos 5:18 Woe to you who desire the day of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ)!
For what good is the day of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) to you?
It will be darkness, and not light.
Amos 5:19 It will be as though a man fled from a lion,
And a bear met him!
Or as though he went into the house,
Leaned his hand on the wall,
And a serpent bit him!
Amos 5:20 Is not the day of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) darkness, and not light?
Is it not very dark, with no brightness in it?
  • Revelation 16:10 Fifth Bowl: Darkness and Pain – Then the fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom became full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues because of the pain.
  • Joel 2:2 A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, Like the morning clouds spread over the mountains. A people come, great and strong, The like of whom has never been; Nor will there ever be any such after them, Even for many successive generations.
  • Joel 2:31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, And the moon into blood, Before the coming of the great and awesome day of the Lord.
Amos 5:21 “I hate, I despise your feast days,
And I do not savor your sacred assemblies.
Amos 5:22 Though you offer Me burnt offerings and your grain offerings,
I will not accept them,
Nor will I regard your fattened peace offerings.
Amos 5:23 Take away from Me the noise of your songs,
For I will not hear the melody of your stringed instruments.
  • The Day of the Lord is represented by the Jewish Feast of Yom Kippur, or the Day of Atonement. It is Jesus’ return to earth following the seven year tribulation, or represented by The Yomim Noraim, the seven days of affliction.
Amos 5:24 But let justice run down like water,
And righteousness like a mighty stream.
Amos 5:25 “Did you offer Me sacrifices and offerings
In the wilderness forty years, O house of Israel?
  • They symbolic meaning of the number 40 is “Time for a Change”.
Amos 5:26 You also carried Sikkuth (tabernacle of Moloch) your king (A pagan deity)
And Chiun, your idols,
The star of your gods,
Which you made for yourselves.
Amos 5:27 Therefore I will send you into captivity beyond Damascus,”
Says the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), whose name is the God of hosts (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm ṣāḇā’).
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