Amos 8 :4

Amos 8 :4 Translations

King James Version (KJV)

Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

American King James Version (AKJV)

Hear this, O you that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

American Standard Version (ASV)

Hear this, O ye that would swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail,

Basic English Translation (BBE)

Give ear to this, you who are crushing the poor, and whose purpose is to put an end to those who are in need in the land,

Webster's Revision

Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy, even to make the poor of the land to fail,

World English Bible

Hear this, you who desire to swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail,

English Revised Version (ERV)

Hear this, O ye that would swallow up the needy, and cause the poor of the land to fail,

Definitions for Amos 8 :4

Clarke's Commentary on Amos 8 :4

Hear this, O ye that swallow up the needy - Ye that bruise the poor; exact from them, and tread them under foot.

Barnes' Commentary on Amos 8 :4

Here ye this, ye that swallow - Or, better in the same sense, "that pant for the needy;" as Job says, "the hireling panteth for the evening" Job 7:2. They "panted for the poor," as the wild beast for its prey; and "that to make the poor" or (better, as the Hebrew text,) "the meek" , those not poor only, but who, through poverty and affliction, are "poor in spirit" also, "to fail." The land being divided among all the inhabitants, they, in order "to lay field to field" Isaiah 5:8, had to rid themselves of the poor. They did rid themselves of them by oppression of all sorts.

Wesley's Commentary on Amos 8 :4

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