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And they lay themselves down beside every altar
on clothes taken in pledge,
and in the house of their God
they drink the wine taken as fines. Bible other translations

“on clothes taken in pledge.” If a person gave his clothing as a pledge for a loan he was almost certainly poor, and those clothes were to be returned by nightfall so the person had something to sleep in (Deut. 24:12-13). These leaders were incredibly cold and hardhearted, and sinned against the poor. No wonder God threatened judgment on the nation.

”The house of their God." That is, the Temple. The Temple was to be a holy place for God, but these leaders use is as a place to celebrate their power over others.


Commentary for: Amos 2:8